If you’re anything like me you love the week between Christmas and New Years! It means time off of school, work, reality! There are usually plenty of PJ wearing, couch snuggling days filled with examining new gifts, eating leftover cookies and drinking spiced cocktails or hot chocolate!
While lounging around certainly is a well deserved post Christmas activity I would like to suggest you use some of that down time for what I consider one of the most important things you can do on your holiday break.
Yup, take some time to reflect on this past year and think about what you’ve accomplished, how satisfied you are with what happened and what areas you wished were different or better.
I know many of you may be thinking, geez Erica, that’s a little heavy of an activity for my holiday break! But I say there is no better time! You do plan on creating some kind of New Year’s resolution next week don’t you? Well then, how will you know what you want to resolve, if you haven’t thought about what you’ve accomplished?
I like to break things down into nine categories, listed below. Ask yourself on a scale of 1-10 how satisfied you are with each area of your life. If you can’t score yourself a 9 or 10 then ask yourself why? What would have to be different for you to move your number up to a 9 or a 10? What would have to change in order to be more satisfied with those lower scoring areas? From there you will have an idea what to focus on in 2018 and what has the most importance to you. You’ll also see where you’ve made some great progress in the past year and that, my friend is something to celebrate!
Here are the categories to look at…
Fun & Enjoyment
Health & Aging
Career & Professional Growth
Family and/or Parenting
You deserve time to reflect and assess your current situation. So that you can make changes to impact your future. I hope you take some time to do this exercise for yourself over your holiday break, I think you will find it as fun as munching holiday cookies and sipping spiced rum while lounging on the couch...maybe ;)
Thanks for reading!