The best part of a new year is the glorious optimism it brings. The downside is the weight of all the expectations you put on yourself – especially when you add the weight of the performance of your bursary students, learners, and team.
How to Make 2020 Your B!tch
Make it a priority to schedule time for the things you love, and the people you love.
While having a bustling career is satisfying and rewarding, you need to fill your cup in ways that re-energise and sustain you. It is crucial that you keep equilibrium. Choose a couple of activities that you really enjoy doing and one or two significant people and make these your top priority.
Use a Fine Planner
Definitely step one in organising your busy life, use your planner every day. Select one that reflects your personality and gets you revved up when you see it! (Tip: Paper is loadshedding-proof.)
Start by entering every deadline, appointment, meeting, and other important date in the monthly calendar. This should be updated at least at the beginning of each month. It provides you with an overview of what is on your plate for the month ahead.
The weekly layout is more detailed and keeps you focused. Great leaders swear by spending time on a Sunday evening setting out the week ahead. Set goals, determine what’s due and how long you will need to get it done, enter meetings and important reminders, and include any extra tasks you need to track.
Make it fun – use colour to differentiate topics, add stickers, doodles, and inspirational quotes. Own the process of managing your time and tasks with grace and gumption.
Set and Track Goals
Without goals, it’s only too easy to become complacent and miss out on personal growth. Setting goals is a way to motivate yourself to step up and become better. Tracking your progress gives you a measure of what you are capable of, what you need to work on, and whether you need to reassess.
The best part is looking back at a tough goal and being able to say, “I did that!”
Learn to Say No
In order to say yes to your priorities, you have to be willing to say no to something else. Learn the art of saying no without explaining yourself. Remember that you can be a good person with a kind heart and still say no.
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