New Year, New You: Out with the Old, in with the New
By Heinrich van der Vyver
New Year’s resolutions abound as we kick off 2016. I don’t know about you, but last year was a hard nut to crack and I’m more than ready to walk away from it at a brisk pace.
Someone once said that to repeatedly do the same thing and expect a different result is insanity. So how do we make sure we don’t end up making 2016 into 2015.1? Something’s got to change.
Resolutions that Stick
I’m not a huge fan of New Year’s resolutions – simply because they usually only last until 2nd January, and you start the year feeling like you’ve already let someone down.
What I do like, however, is a plan and a strategy for change that is achievable and measurable.
Look, when it comes to health and work-life balance, I need all the help I can get. I spend most of my days behind my computer, coding and developing business operating software in an attempt to improve the way we work, even if just a little bit, so kale smoothies and yoga mats are not usually on my agenda.
But I do recognise that there needs to be a change. What good is a thriving business if my health is failing, or my family never sees me, or I’m so stressed I can hardly sleep?
My approach to 2016 is what I call ‘the integration of everything’ – my body, my mind, my home, my office all need to be in harmony and integrated so that I don’t feel like I’m being pulled in opposite directions, but rather that every aspect supports the other. So here’s what I suggest for this year:
1. Become active: Get a standing desk, go for a walk before work, start taking vitamins and stop eating junk. You will hate life for the first week, but after that you will feel amazing – you’ll sleep better, focus at work longer and be a nicer person to be around in general. Plus your clothes will fit a little better after the festive season.
Learn something: Always wanted to play guitar? Wish you knew how to speak Spanish? This is your year. Learning something new will keep your mind active and pour something back into your life that you can enjoy for years to come.
Update your home: Spring cleaning your house is amazingly therapeutic. It’s mind boggling how much junk we accumulate over the years that just ends up cluttering our homes and our minds. Sort out cupboards, keep what you need and be ruthless with throwing out stuff that you haven’t used in six or more months. Donate what is still in good condition to a charity and everyone wins. My favourite is getting stuck into the garage; somehow sorting that space out clears my mind and makes me feel calm and at peace with my life. Do it, it’s amazing.
Update your office: Changing the way your office is laid out could increase productivity and collaboration, but more than that it could give a fresh perspective to a new year. Move desks around and think of creative ways to seat the team, buy new plants and decor, and give your office a fresh coat of paint.
Update your software: If you’re using more than two systems to manage your quotes, orders, projects and staff, then this year is the year where it all comes together. Integrated software is the new buzzword in business, and we use and recommend BOS from QuickEasy Software. It literally handles everything from material and resource assessment for quotes, to job orders, staffing, invoicing and reporting in one system, so that you can start this year on the best foot possible.
Out with the old, and in with the new. May 2016 be a great year for all of us.
About Heinrich van der Vyver