January is traditionally the month where we think of resolutions – ways to see in the new year, and make it significantly better than any preceding year. Of course, those lofty plans usually fall by the wayside come the 28th, or if you’re really determined, the middle of February.
However, September is another great time to take stock, and review what you’ve been doing so far. It’s certainly what all the school kids will be doing this month, as they return to school, start a new school, or get ready for the next stage of their educational careers.
Why not take advantage of all the new year/new opportunity vibes that are flying around, and have a think what this month could encourage you to do.
Here are our top tips for return to school resolutions, that also have a place in business:
#1 – Stop procrastinating
Some of us are naturally more inclined to procrastinate than others. Sometimes it’s not a big deal. You might well be the type of person who functions better under pressure, and therefore leaving things to the last minute offers you an advantage. However, you also might not be that type of person, which ultimately means you run out of time to give the task you’ve been putting off your best.
Make a resolution to try harder NOT to put things off. Give yourself “fake” deadlines. If something has to be done by Friday, make sure you’ve done it by Wednesday. Tick off the things you don’t want to do, first. Get them out of the way, then reward yourself with an easier, or more enjoyable task.
#2 – Accept you can’t do it all
A sure way to fail is to set yourself unrealistic goals and targets. The reality is, no matter how good you are, you can’t do it all. It’s true if you’re a student, an employee or a business owner. There are always only going to be so many hours in a day, and sometimes that to do list just won’t get done.
There’s no point beating yourself up about it, instead, make sure your to do lists are sensible, time-sensitive, logical and easy to update and maintain. Also make sure you are setting yourself realistic time goals. If something is going to take your 30 minutes to complete, don’t allow yourself 10 minutes – it’s a sure way to fail, and make yourself feel worse!
#3 – Try something new
The whole point of school was to learn something new. When you want to college/University it was an opportunity to try new things, new subjects, maybe join some teams or societies and branch out in terms of your experiences.
When you become an adult, much of that can fall by the wayside. Don’t let it! Take this month as the perfect opportunity to try something new. Maybe you want to start working on a new product or service, perhaps a new marketing approach, take on a new members of staff … or even outsource your HR.
Well, it is just a suggestion.