Happy New Year! I hope that your year is off to a great start. What’s in store for 2014?
For me, I’m staying focused on a massive SharePoint migration project. It’s full of interesting challenges, and I’m lucky to be working with a great team to tackle them!
Although my work is mapped out for the near future, I still wanted to set out a plan for the year. I brainstormed words to focus on the top 3 for the year.
My words for the year
When I did this exercise before, I found it useful to expand on the words a little to add clarity.
- Balance different types of work: writing, editing, project management, problem solving. Balance work and home. Find balance in my life … and focus on each thing in turn so that everything gets the spotlight of attention as needed.
- Energize my work with creativity and fresh ideas. Energize my life with real food and outdoor pursuits.
- Strengthen my skills with additional experience and learning. Strengthen my friendships and other relationships with time and care. Strengthen my voice with creative exploration.
In choosing these 3 words, I considered them as a set. Balance requires strength and energy. Being energized without balance could lead to a fractured life where I bounce between exciting ideas and projects. And strengthening without energizing or finding balance could lead me to get stuck instead of allowing me to still have all the fluidity that I need in my life.
I chose these 3 words because they work together to help define important, large areas of work and life. I see them as sides of a triangle. If I keep all 3 in mind, I can move forward with confidence into this fabulous new year.
I’m excited for 2014! I can’t wait to see how I can balance, energize, and strengthen parts of my life. :)
How do you start your year off? What helps you focus?