Happy New Year!
There is something special about the start of a new year. Like the first page of a new calendar, it is empty and blank, ready to be filled in with new activities. Each empty box represents another possibility. Although it looks like there are a lot of them (365 to be exact!), every December I say the same thing, "where did the year go?"
Filling in the calendar boxes with events to look forward to (a vacation, birthday, an anniversary) is motivating in the middle of a cold winter, or a super stressful time. There is something to work towards and be excited about, and something to plan for. We may need to start preparing in advance for the event, so seeing it on the calendar is a reminder of how much time we have left to do so. Even when we aren't ready, the time still comes!
This industry is driven by time. Time is of the essence. Whether we are responding to a phone call or email, scheduling an appointment, writing an offer, or fulfilling a contract obligation we have to be cognizant of time. No matter what, we still have just 24 hours in a day, 7 days in a week, approximately 30 in a month, and 365 days in a year. Of those hours and days we do many things. We have to balance our personal lives and professional ones. We need time with family, friends, and clients, and time alone. We take care of others but have to remember to take care of ourselves first and foremost. When time is short our time carved out for ourselves is usually the first sacrificed.
Social media posts asking people what their 'word" is for the year ahead has been a popular trend over the past few years. Rather than making a list of resolutions, which tend to be shed off as time goes on, you choose a word to define your focus and expression. Your word should help motivate you towards achieving your goals and guide your actions and activities. Instead of making a "to do" or "to don't" list, we use our mindset to drive us.
My word for 2021 is Intention. If each new day I am open to being content, fulfilled, growing both personally and professionally, and making a conscious decision to be happy then I see a great year ahead of me! Time is something we never get back and is one thing I wish I could rewind or slow down. With my oldest daughter about to graduate from college and my father turning 92, time is something I think more about now.
I have a tendency to waste time on things that I could easily outsource, use down time ineffectively, and procrastinate at times so get stressed out when I am up against deadlines. I am filled with resolve, determination, and new goals this year, so will strive to be more intentional and make the most effective use of my time as much as I can. Not only will my focus be greater on the things that help me professionally, but this will help give me more time with those I love.
What is your word for 2021?