6 Tips For Finishing The Year Strong

You’re halfway through mile 24 on what feels like a never-ending marathon. The finish line isn’t far, but getting there still requires some effort.

Early December can feel like this. The year is winding down and you may feel like checking out, but there’s still much to be done before the New Year’s Eve champagne is uncorked. Here are our tried-and-true tips for staying on track and finishing the year on a high note:

1. When It Comes To Small Projects, Just Do It! 
During the holidays, to-do lists grow like weeds. It may be tempting, but don’t let those small projects sit on the back burner. Checking these off your list can free up time to focus on more demanding tasks. And with less on your plate, we’re willing to bet you’ll sleep better at night.

2. Tidy Up Your Office
Feeling overwhelmed? Take 15 minutes out of your day and straighten up your desk. Starting with a clean slate can help you feel more in control, and ready to tackle whatever comes your way. Plus, you’ll have more room to display your favorite holiday cards.

3. Get Answers
At the end of the year, it can be easy to brush off an initiative because you don’t have the answers you need. Now is not the time to lie in wait. Being proactive—seeking out those who hold key information—can set you up for success in the coming year.

4. Plan For The Year Ahead
Speaking of the new year, if you haven’t already, now is the time to think ahead. Yes, it may be cliché, but it’s true: success doesn’t happen without a plan. Take time to develop your 2017 goals, strategy, and a road map that kicks off on January 2. It will be here before you know it.

5. Solidify Your Message
Now is a great time to reassess the messages you’re sending to your audience(s). Are they resonating? Are you getting the opens/clicks/shares/likes you had hoped for? Are there any trends (good or bad) around specific messages? What should change for 2017? Consider taking a moment before the year ends to examine this aspect of your marketing and brainstorm ways it could improve.

6. Take Care Of Yourself
The end of the year brings a barrage of holiday foods, parties, and late nights—and through it all, business doesn’t stop. If you’re not careful, you’ll find yourself limping toward December 31, feeling over extended and totally spent. To prevent this feeling, take a moment to commit this month to your well-being, even if it means saying “no” to an invite or carving out an extra 30 minutes in your day for a brisk walk.

We hope these tips will help you forge full steam ahead to the finish line, and we wish you a productive, healthy, and happy 2017!