Ending the Year Strong

bartsimpson-finishstrong1As we start to wind down 2014 and look ahead to 2015, it’s important that we end the year strong. Whether it’s wrapping up an in-progress Jaycee project, making a final push at work before the holidays, or completing the home chores that have somehow evaded your schedule for the past few months, getting organized will help you finish off 2014 on a positive note, and build momentum for the start of 2015. Here are a few easy steps to help you refocus on making the most of this year’s final two months.

  1. Don’t overdo it. With only a couple months before the end of the year, make your goals manageable. It is unlikely that you can squeeze six months’ worth of projects into the final 60 or so days, so don’t try. It will only leave you frustrated – develop reasonable expectations.
  2. Concentrate on finishing up, not starting new. Rather than initiating projects that will run into January and beyond, instead work towards completing open or unfinished tasks. Not only will you be able to scratch that job off your list, you will also feel a sense of accomplishment from finishing up and not leaving work that you’ll “get to next year.”
  3. Review your successes from 2014. If you’re the typical Jaycee, you’ve grown this year. Whether improving your personal toolkit, assisting on projects to help others in your community, or leading in your chapter’s efforts to improve, take a look at the things you did right, and what could be done better the next time…you get another chance in a couple months.

As you take the time to review and plan for the end of year and beyond, your successes will help you not only feel better about what you have accomplished, but also lay the groundwork for even more significant projects in 2015 and ultimately, continuous improvement.

Tell us what you’re planning for year’s end. Are you finishing up a Jaycees project? Getting set for next year? Share with your fellow Jaycees on our Facebook and Twitter pages. We can all benefit from your inspiration.

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