Posts Tagged ‘New Years reflections’

Completing a Year and Starting Anew

December 8, 2009

I have a love-hate relationship with December. On one-hand, I am looking forward to the holiday season, the new year and all the festivities that come with it. On the other hand, t’is indeed the season for rush, rush, rush. Balancing all that needs to be done with the competing desire to slow down,  reflect, celebrate  and plan for the year ahead….ahhh, this is my December. 

How about you?

Well to honour this duality of December, I dug back into my archives and re-read some past posts that I wrote that speak to these issues.  I thought it might be useful to offer them up again — kind of like a holiday package of TGIM tips to help you “complete” this past year and get inspired and ready for the year ahead.  So here they are:

1) Coping with the Season of Rush: (this post links to an article I wrote for the Globe and Mail on this topic)

2) What Do You Need to Clean out Before the Year Ends: a prompt to get rid of the clutter and messes (physical, mentally, emotionally) that can get in the way of creating a brand new, spank’n clean new year for you.

3)Annual Year-end/New Year Reflection -Qs for Thoughtstarters: Ahhh, this one is my favorite – I do this every year. The questions pretty much stay but each year the answers evolve.  Copy and paste this to a Word document and reflect away! If you did this last year – it’s worth having a peak back to see what you had to say last year and what’s changed for you.

(Photo by Doug/Borderfilms – Flickr)

Wishing you a season of celebration, renewal, peace, joy and all that feeds into a TGIM work-life!


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Back to Work Blues?

January 2, 2008

Ahhh….Jan 2….time to go back to work for many. How’s that feel? Even when you love your job (or at least like it) returning after work after the seasonal holidays (or any break – including weekends) can be difficult for many. I recently heard on a TV news report that about a third of Canadians feel some sort of ‘blues’ heading back to work after the  holidays. I don’t know what the real stats are but I do know that a  lot of people have been landing on my blog as a result of doing online searches for ‘back to work blues’.

If this is you, you might find these articles helpful if you haven’t already read them (they have been previously been posted here on this site).

1) Beat the Back to Work Blues — Tips

2) Thank G-d It’s Monday – a Globe and Mail article prompted and supported by yours truly with a client of mine profiled.

3) You may also want to take time to do your New Year reflections — see the list of questions below from a post a couple days ago for some prompts. When I did mine I got very energized for the new year…and I had just been finishing off the flu so wasn’t really my energetic self. Reminding yourself of your accomplishments and what worked — well it’s very inspiring.  And if you’re into New Years resolutions and goal-setting — all good to energize you… you might want to read this article as well (also referenced again in yesterday’s post). 

 As for me, I’m easing back into work mode – I don’t go full out yet till next Monday but I am dipping my toe into the work waters this week ….(writing, planning, etc.) — luckily it’s stuff that I truly do enjoy and choose to do. 

Chin up — good things are to come! To a TGIM worklife!