Overall I’m still in utter disbelief that it’s December 31st, 2013; where did this year go? It’s almost a little disheartening to feel how fast time flies away now. I suppose at the same time it’s exciting because I’ve been doing cool stuff! Yeah; cool stuff!
Anyway, I’m going to go all motherly on you and make this blog post my ultimate Queendom and provide you several suggestions for your new year’s resolutions. You’re welcome!
Health – No need to resolve to lose weight because it never works. Nope, nope, this isn’t the year. Was last year the year? It probably wasn’t. Instead, resolve to eat more kale and get more sleep. Kale and snoozin’, folks! Kale, although horrible looking is a green super food packed with good nutrition, anti-cancer properties, and fiber. I like kale either ground up into smoothies or cooked with salt and pepper. And for you traveling consultants out there, you can make kale chips in the microwave. Yes!
OK sleep. This applies to all of us. We all need some more shut-eye. The benefits of sleep include, there it is, weight loss and better focus. Being on the road sleeping in hotels is tough, but I hope you’ll try whatever works for you. Lavender essential oil applied to the soles of the feet (yeah, it’s weird but it works) or a sleeping eye-mask work well for me.
Work Stuff – Professional resolutions can be tough because often times we never really know what’s going to hit us from year to year. However, I encourage you to pick a project that has been looming and get ‘er done. For me, I’ve been delaying working on a benefits summary project as well as organizing my enormous piles of resumes and messy document folders. Although these projects are relatively minor, they are definitely “C” priorities and are constantly being put on the back-burner. However, organizing my resume folders would make my daily life easier, so why not resolve to get it done? Maybe for you it’s your project for your Epic certification? Or finally taking the exam for your PMP? Or a minor data tracking project you’ve been dreading? I challenge you to pick one of your lower priority tasks and get it done in 2014.
Donating Time or Money – Most of us think they holidays are a wonderful time for volunteering, but did you know that most volunteer shifts at homeless shelters and food banks during the holidays fill up in August? The need for volunteering your time or donating some extra money to organizations that help our fellow citizens is really now and the rest of year outside of November and December. I suggest we all volunteer in Quarter 1 or skip that dinner out and donate that extra cash now as opposed to waiting all the way to November of 2014. It’s a harsh winter already and wouldn’t it feel good to start the year like this? I’m making my donations to the Greater Chicago Food Depository and the Idaho Food Bank. Be sure to check with your company to see if they will match your donation in-kind!
So there you have it, your New Year’s resolutions all done up for you. 🙂 Will you be joining me?