Three weeks in, and unlike previous years it seems that 2019 has not had the usual January ‘lull’ that a company gets.
A time where you get to recalibrate and finalise the things that you pushed to the side as you ran out the work door in December to enjoy the holiday season.
If this is the case, it’s likely that you’re still cleaning up from last year while trying to gather momentum for this year.
I have had a few conversations with people who are feeling this way.
They’ve got big goals, but they’re not sure how they’re going to keep their staff from fading too early because they haven’t had the chance to let go of 2018.
There’s something inspirational about a new year.
I use the January lull to empty my whole office, file and clean out the previous year.
It’s cathartic and helps you see what you’ve accomplished and what you need to do better next time.
If you haven’t done this, then of course your inbox is still full, and all the finished jobs are still piled high on your desk.
There is something mentally refreshing about closing off a year, and if you haven’t you’re likely to feel overwhelmed and not ready – enter procrastination playground.
Here are some tips to help you recalibrate while you’re running.
Create a list of each role you have within your organisation (marketing, accounts, administration, cases, client files).
Write under each function what you need to do to finalise 2018.
If you can’t block out a few hours to get this done, go to work early each morning for a week and focus on a role at a time.
The list will give direction on the tasks needed and your delegation of time and space will stop it from running as a loop in your head, making you feel overwhelmed.