All of a sudden it’s there: November… the year has almost come to an end! Which means there are two months left to make sure you look back on this year with joy and fulfilment. Today’s post will be all about how to make these final two months of the year, your best months yet.
The end of the year marks a time of reflection. We look back on what has been and how we would like to move forward once the new year commences. It might be that time of the year when you realise, you’ve entirely forgotten about all your bucket-list activities, whole-hearted intentions and got side-tracked whilst pursuing your life goals.
It also that time of the year when you’re trying to remain sane as, you’re only experiencing daylight during the weekend or the occasional lunch break walks and, afloat amidst the hectic, booze filled, sugar-laden celebratory activities.
“Finding your last minute focus is much like booking a last minute holiday…”
I don’t propose that you attempt to jam an entire year’s worth of work into two months. Instead, I would suggest to approach the situation much like booking a last minute holiday by finding your last minute focus.
1. review your last minute options
You’re leaving for a holiday tomorrow. You haven’t got a clue where you would like to go. What options do you have? What is possible? Depending on your budget and days-off you can opt for a safari trip in South-Africa or a weekend in Rome.
Things aren’t so different when choosing your last minute focus. You could simply ask yourself: Which improvements could I make to be more healthy or happy at the end of the year? Keep your current life circumstances in mind, your options should match those. At the moment, cutting down on caffeine and refined sugar might be a better fit than quitting it altogether.
2. pick your destination with care
Once you’ve figured out your options, you’re now ready to pick your destination – your last minute focus. Let me tell you this, keep it simple. Two or three small achievable things usually have more effect than trying to tackle something big. For example, committing to one extremely mindful sun salutation a day will most likely be more successful than doing a 60-minute yoga session daily. Ask yourself: Can I stick with this? A challenge is great! Just don’t overdo it.
3. pack your bags
Now you know where you’re going, you can pack your bags! Wandering through Rome in your safari outfit might not be very comfortable, especially during winter. In a similar fashion, you’ll have to set yourself up in a proper way to keep your last minute focus. Perhaps you need a list of healthy snacks to eat when you crave something sweet or, a little calendar on the wall to mark off your daily sun salutations. Whatever it is that you need, put it in your bag!
4. time to go!
And then it’s time to go! Don’t forget to treat yourself when things are going well and you’ve managed to stick to your last minute focus (I’m thinking hot baths and facial masks). Having an off day? Take a moment to see why it’s hard to keep your focus, adjust if necessary and start fresh the next day. It’s about the conscious effort you’re putting in. Have a little fun with it!
Although the end of the year is in sight, there’s still plenty of time to create some magic. When you intentionally decide what your focus will be in these final two months of your year, you will allow yourself to make them your best months yet!