New Year does not signify a simple change in the calendar but it also signifies opportunities for bringing about positive changes to make your work place and eventually the world around you much better.

Are you challenged and motivated to grow?

Welcome challenges as it will increase your chances of being prosperous and successful in this New Year. Why in January? Simply because:

  1. You’re mentally ready. January is the key time for making changes in our lives. It’s natural that, at the end of the year, we think about what we’ve done, where we are and where we want to be. The first week back is also a great way to gauge whether, before Christmas, you were just feeling a bit run down at the end of the year or whether you have really had enough;
  2. You have time. In the run-up to Christmas we’re all busy socially and at work. January, however, offers some downtime and the most precious of commodities: time. Time to study, time to plan your activities, time to do your CV, time to research career options…
  3. Remember your dreams, in the sense of “Keep working hard and persevere to achieve your desired dream”.

Keep working hard and persevere to achieve your desired dream

Then? Make a list!

How to start the 2019? First of all reading the article “New Year’s Resolution Ideas 2019: The Ultimate List!” (link) and than… making your list of things to do!

11 – Remember your goals and the big picture

Ok you have to come back at work also but it doesn’t all have to be doom and gloom, so I have written 4 tips to help you to sit down at our desks after time away filled with boundless energy and restored creativity that will fuel new projects:

  1. Actively plan for your return. When you plan to have holiday you might not be focused only on the departure but also on the return. Treating the return is someting that you have to manage before, doing so you will not loose the restoration feeling;
  2. Consider the things you love, which makes you happy during your working hours. If you feel at the top, your energy will be focused and also your brain and body;
  3. Don’t book everything for your first day in the office and block off the time in your calendar. Don’t just walk back into the office after a vacation without a plan. As much as possible try to push meetings to the second day or to the afternoon (it gives you a little bit of space);
  4. Your out-of -office autoreply needs to be helpful, and honest but not too much honest. Leave it up through that catch up period; your coworkers will know you’re available but it will help stem the wave of outside emails, or at least lower the expectation of an immediate response

In the end remember that as a man/woman, you always face a huge number of doors. Some of them are opened, some are closed, and you never know what is hiding behind them. Be brave enough to open each door that gets in your way. May the New Year bring you only good surprises behind those doors.

Be brave enough to open each door that gets in your way