This is my favourite time of the year
Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia – 2006
The week between Christmas and New Year is, hands down, my favourite time of the year.
I absolutely love it!
That’s because it’s the time I prepare my diary (calendar) but, most of all, it’s because I do my year-end review and goal-setting for the next year.
A colleague of mine paid me the biggest compliment recently (she doesn’t even know it!) when she told me that of everyone she knows, I’m the only one she’s ever met who is this intentional about my goals.
It’s because I firmly believe that if you drift through life, there will be tons of things left undone simply because of lack of intention.
I don’t want that to be me.
Anyway, back to the process…
Some of the year-end thinking can be done as you go about your life (in the shower, while driving, etc.) but there comes a point when you actually need to sit down with a gorgeous pen and notebook, or with your laptop, and make the time to write things down.
There’s tremendous power in creating a sacred space for your thoughts, dreams, intentions and goals.
Phuket, Thailand – 2006
It’s also the perfect time to start the new year with a clean slate – isn’t that so appealing?
I’ve booked out a half day tomorrow for exactly this purpose. If that’s not enough time (these things sometimes take a lot longer than you plan), I’ll take another two hours on Thursday, and if I need more, again on Friday.
Some of the things I’ll be thinking and writing about are:
- my biggest accomplishments this year
- things I definitely don’t want to repeat
- the things I need to let go of – commitments, relationships, emotions
- my word/ theme for next year
- what my definition of success for 2011 will look like
- and finally, the actual goal-setting
and so on