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No, we're not actually talking about being drunk…

Today's episode is about that slump you get into during the holidays. You sort of check out for the year around Thanksgiving in November, only to try to shock things back to life with a New Year's Resolution in January.

Is this good?

Should you give into the hangover, and just relax until the new year, or should you start setting up next year for success now?

Highlights, Takeaways, & Quick Wins:
  • You have money, time and energy:
    • We're usually pretty good at being objective about money.
    • We're less consistent with being objective about time.
    • We're rarely ever objective about energy.
  • It's easy to overcommit, in terms fo energy during the holidays. There are so many things demanding our time and attention (people, parties, traveling, etc.).
  • You have to protect your energy and be okay with saying no and declining invitations.
  • If you've overcommitted during the holidays, you may feel depleted. You may experience a "holiday hangover", and you may feel a lack of motivation.
  • It's not uncommon to feel like you're "not doing enough". But there may be legitimate reasons for this. You may have given too much of yourself away and have no drive left for getting things done.
  • Something else to consider is the word itself: "enough". Who, for you, defines what "enough" is?
  • The end of a year isn't anything special, and there's nothing magic about January 1st, but it can be a good time of year to reflect and plan.
  • You'll never "find" time to reflect and plan in December. You have to make time ahead of time. Decide you're going to set aside a week.
  • Maybe you didn't meet your goals this year. That's okay. You may see other people sharing their successes and feel like a failure. Remember that you typically only see the good things—rarely do people share the rough times. Don't compare yourself to others!
  • Celebrate others' wins to the same degree you want them to celebrate your wins.