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Your End of Year Guide: Gifts, Feasts, and Final Projects

By | Rebecca Moses |

What makes a successful year’s end?

Some of us will immediately begin to consider our careers and accomplishments. Many will first think of family and friends, and the memories we have created.

Others will enjoy planning the holiday with lists of gifts to please their loved ones and menus for feasts and parties.

Each of these is a valid and powerful way of evaluating the end of the year and the months ahead.

There’s so much to organize as we move into the holiday season. There are career goals to achieve, budgets to balance, and gifts to purchase or make. Many of us will be traveling while others will be preparing our homes to welcome guests.

And, once together for the holidays, we have new concerns of communication and relationships with family and friends, taking care of ourselves, and giving back to others.

If you’re feeling a little lost already, there’s no need to worry. In this article, we’re giving you some of our best tips to manage the stress the end of the year can offer and come out on the other side thriving.

Your Career: Ending on a High Note

Career - Ending Year on High

Most of our planning for the end of the year begins with work. When it comes to career goals, we want to do our best and accomplish all of our assignments and projects. Especially as we imagine the new year bringing in new opportunities.

Nonetheless, ending your year on a high note requires honest evaluation. It’s important to consider your skills and capacities. It’s also useful to look back at how your goals have progressed. This evaluation will inform your goals going forward.

Evaluating Your Goals for the Year

Some goals have personal criteria for evaluation. Others have certain criteria such as testing or performance reviews.

Common career goals include:

  • Working toward a promotion or pay raise within your current company or organization.
  • A career or occupation change.
  • Aiding in company-wide growth.
  • A marketing growth goal or other organizational goals.
  • Personal development goals that will help us better our skills.
  • Personal career goals, such as working on your mental health, creating work-life balance, and developing better time management skills.

Evaluating your goals needs to be an honest process since honesty is necessary for improvement. When evaluating your performance, there are a few things to consider:

  • Did you meet your goal or are you on your way to meet your goal?
  • Can you identify where there was a lot of waste in the process?
  • Was this goal a priority in your life? Should it have been?
  • Did the process take a toll on you? Instead, was it manageable and repeatable?

Behind on Yearly Goals?

There are many reasons that people fall behind on their goals, and few actually indicate failure. Most of the time, people fall behind because they didn’t prioritize or allocate enough time toward the goal. It could also be the effect of inefficient methods or a lack of structure.

How to Prioritize

define priorities

1 to Go for and Which to Push to Next Year

As you come to the end of the year, you may start to feel that you’re running out of time. Once the holiday season takes hold, time often becomes more scarce, and you may feel more stressed. While this is completely understandable, it doesn’t exactly lead to careful work.

In some cases, it’s important to push on with these goals through the end of the year, such as a strict or time-sensitive deadline. In other cases, it could be more worthwhile to wait for the calm after the holidays. The busy winter season might make it harder for you to focus.

Keep in mind, though, that there are no good times unless you make them, and one season is always leading into the busy hustle and bustle of another. If there is something that you need to do, such as a big career project, career change, or work-life commitment, make the plans to set yourself up with the appropriate support to do what you need to do, regardless of the season.

Tips to Push and Hit Goals

Tips to Push and Hit Goals

If you decide to push for one of your goals in the short term, you might have your work cut out for you. Here are a few effective tips for pushing forward with a tight goal:

  • Visualize and Conceptualize the Goal – Know what needs to be accomplished, what it will look like when it’s done. This will help you identify and prioritize the steps.
  • Make a Plan – Whether creative or concrete, few goals come to fruition without some sort of plan. A plan can save you a lot of time that you would waste on making basic decisions.
  • Set Deadlines – Deadlines are a crucial part of your plan if you want to get something done in a limited timeframe. Make your deadlines clear enough to mark on the calendar. If you miss a deadline, don’t just ignore it, reschedule it with a plan for completion.
  • Have Accountability – Report on progress and goal completion to a team member or supportive friend. Have them hold you accountable for reporting back your progress.


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