I don’t know about you, but I really love this time of year.  No, not because it’s winter, not because everyone’s away from work for a break, and actually not because there’s so much lovely food around!

The reason I love this time of year is because of the opportunity for a new start. You could be forgiven for not wanting to go back to work, to keep the routines at bay and enjoy the feeling of being rested.  And yes, I agree with all that.

But having time ‘off’ is such a brilliant excuse to reflect (for a short time) and persuade yourself to plan ahead for a new and improved you.   Don’t you find?

If you’re not sure how to get going, here are my 5 tips which might help:

1. Write an action plan for your personal life or professional practice:

- What I am going to stop doing

- What I am going to continue doing

- What I am going to modify

 

2. Look up some useful and motivational books to read or bloggers to follow. It doesn’t have to be educational, I like to keep up with Zig Ziglar as his inspirational daily quotes can genuinely have a positive effect http://www.ziglar.com/quotes   I particularly like “You don’t have to be great to start, but you have to start to be great”.

 

3. Choose a topic that you especially need to learn more about this year, and set yourself a goal to ensure that this training need is met.

4. Set some new habits in both your personal and professional life. It’s so easy to slip back into the proverbial ‘rut’ and yet everyone benefits from a different landscape.  New routines might include trying a new classroom activity or seating plan (for example).

5. Select a trusted colleague who will be your “butt kicker” if you falter before the middle of January......

 

If you want some ideas/resources then click over to the Resources page on this website.