By Millennial Women (Lindsay, Melanie & Elise) • December 19, 2019
2019 is quickly drawing to a close, and so is our Ms. JD WIR year. What a year it’s been! We’ve enjoyed the opportunity to think more deeply about our careers as well as consider issues that are of particular interest to millennials. We’ll carry this experience with us into 2020 and beyond.
The end of 2019 also seems like the perfect opportunity to consider the somewhat cliché topic of New Year’s Resolutions. Yes, there are people on both sides of the debate. Some people will tell you that resolutions are worthless because no one ever keeps them. Others will defend them as an opportunity for self-improvement. For us, we’re interested in the underlying idea of New Year’s Resolutions: self-introspection. It’s always a great idea to think critically about your career, where it’s going and where you want to go. Ditto for personal matters. Regardless of whether you’re making actual resolutions, and whether or not you keep them, we like the idea of using the new year as a fresh start and an opportunity to be thoughtful.
If New Years’ Resolutions are not for you, consider some alternatives:
- Goals for the New Year—do you have one, or a couple specific goals for 2020? One benefit to focusing on a specific goal is that there’s so many ways to accomplish it, and you can adjust your timeline as needed. Is this this the year you’re finally going to clean and organize your office? Maybe instead of trying to spend 5 minutes a day cleaning—and getting discouraged when a busy January derails your plans—you can devote a couple full hours to it in February or March when things calm down.
- Setting an Intention for the New Year— yes, just like a yoga class. Consider what is your intention for the New Year- is it to practice more gratitude? Is it to spend more time mentoring? Is it saying no when you’re already overcommitted? An intention, unlike a resolution, can help inform what types of actions you take, rather than then adding more “to-do’s” to your already full plate.
- Set a 30 day challenge for yourself to conduct sometime over the course of the year. Does the thought of forever changing a habit or picking up something new on January 1 seem impossible? Then don’t do it. Pick a smaller time frame to try to make the change. Try a month, or 14 days, or even a week. If that challenge goes well, you can always repeat it again.
Here’s to a great New Year! Happy 2020, all.