Are you about ready for a December slow down? We’re in the final month of the year, the holidays make it a short month, 3 weeks of coasting seem like a good idea, right?
(Well, we’re all different, so if you know a December slow down works for you, then go for it. I’m not your mother, so I can’t make you.)
This is a time of year I encourage my clients (and myself) to go for it.
It’s so tempting to put off starting new projects, behaviours or routines until the New Year, but I believe this is a mistake. January is cold, dark and long. We’re typically feeling the pinch financially (and in our jeans) and things can feel a bit bleak. We start with great intentions, but it can be really tough and if we don’t notice success immediately, we can quickly get disappointed and disillusioned—and then we’re likely to quit. January is not a great time to do new stuff.
NOW is the time to do new stuff! Running a pilot in December gives us time to adjust and improve. It gives us the opportunity to establish what works and what doesn’t. When things don’t work, it can feel like failure, but if we’ve already set the context that this is an experiment or pilot, any failures we encounter are actually just feedback. Feedback we can use positively to improve.
- Make a list of all the things you typically want to start in January (e.g. a new exercise regime, different hours at the office, a new project at work, new behaviours around self-care or professional development).
- Pick your favourites and run some pilots. Right now.
- After 5 days reflect on what worked and what didn’t.
- Continue these improved pilots for another 5 days.
Come January, you’ll be left with what works: one or two (maybe three if you’re feeling really epic) new behaviours that work for you. Behaviours that are tried, tested and sustainable for your unique work and life circumstances. You’ll be able to hit the ground running in January knowing that these new behaviours are well on their way to becoming habits.
Happy New Year!