How to Finish Strong in 2020
Three tips for ending a trying year on a high note
There can be little doubt that 2020 was one of the most challenging years we have ever faced and most can hardly wait to see it end. But is there a way for us to make the experience of this extraordinary time to count positively? Is there anything we can do to make a success of the days that are left of 2020, so we can start the new year on a high note?
Fortunately, it’s never too late to end the year strong. Here are 5 tips to help you end 2020 on a high note.
1. Reflect with gratitude
After a year like 2020, it is very important to reflect – not to ruminate, but to recall the highs and lows we faced over the past months, the things we did do and the things did not, and the things that happened that we never expected.
Start by thinking of everything we have to be grateful for this year: especially our good health in the midst of a pandemic – and so much more, even in these difficult times.
It is especially important to recall the successes of the year – however small – and learn from it what works. Perhaps you acquired a good habit during lockdown, or learnt a new skill. Then, simply double up on what is already working.
Similarly, think back about the lows of the year, the failures and the disappointments. What did or can you learn from these experiences? What can you do avoid similar experiences in future?
2. Clear out and clear up
Clear out all the physical clutter in your life. Donate books, clothes and household items, and recycle what cannot be reused. You will feel lighter physically, mentally and emotionally.
Similarly, take care of those little things you keep thinking about doing, but don’t. Although not important, these unfinished little things waste mental and emotional energy and make us feel unfinished. Over the next weeks, take a few minutes to do something about these. In the same spirit, clear up conflicts and misunderstandings in your relationships by having the difficult conversations you’ve been avoiding and asking for what you want.
3. Plan and prepare for the future
As the end of the year approaches, it is also time to look the future and think about our plans for next year. What would you like to accomplish, learn or experience? How can you prepare for that to happen? Write your answers down on paper: it’s a great way to set yourself up for a successful year.
Also re-evaluate the goals you had for 2020. None of us are the same people we were in January, and for many of us, life is now totally different from what it was this time last year.
If some of your 2020 goals still hold true for you, reschedule your action plan for working on and achieving these goals during 2021. Book time in your calendar for working on your goals and make a commitment to yourself to keep these appointments.
Also use what is left of 2020 to set yourself up with skills and knowledge and technology that will make you more effective and productive in 2021. Enrol for a short online course or start a study course to grow your skills, and find a mentor or use online resources to increase your knowledge. Look for apps, software and tech gadgets that will save time and enhance your productivity, so you start 2021 tech enabled.
The way you end this year will affect how you start 2021, and how you start the year sets the tone for the 12 months ahead. While many of us would agree that 2020 was one of the worst years, it’s not too late to end the year strong.
Use these three tips to reflect on a tough year with gratitude, to clear put and clean up, and to plan and prepare for making 2021 one if the best years of your life.