Stop the Insanity!

Last time we talked about prioritizing activities that you want to complete by the end of the year. Another important exercise for year end is answering three questions to help you identify and reframe your activities in the new year.

While reflecting on these questions, keep in mind both professional and personal interests.

+ What do you want to keep doing?
+ What do you want to stop doing?
+ What do you want to add?

Think about the myriad activities you engaged in during the past year. To answer the “keep” question, consider those activities that worked well for you, and that you’d like to continue doing.

Some ideas to use as prompts could be how you manage your team, how you develop stronger business relationships, or how you manage your time and priorities.

Areas to stop are ones that just aren’t serving you well, and in fact, are either getting in your way and/or hindering your ability to move forward. These may include activities like engaging in toxic business relationships or putting personal priorities (such as your health) last.

An easy way to look at the “stop” category is this: if it’s not good for you, don’t do it anymore!

Finally, what do you want to add? This is a little more fun: what can enhance your personal and professional life? You may have new ways to stay in touch with clients and former clients. It could be a new hobby or activity. Or it could new ways of engaging your team on a regular basis.

Keep in mind that there are no right or wrong answers. The purpose of this is to give you a chance to be personally accountable for improving your quality of life as we turn the corner into the new year.

Remember, the definition of insanity is doing the same thing over and over and expecting different results. This is a good way to break the insanity.

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