5 Reasons Why Reviewing Your Year Can Set You Up For More Success Next Year

As we draw closer to the end of another year, it is extremely beneficial to pause and reflect back on the year gone by.

Usually on the last day of the year, television channels will show the main highlights and lowlights of the year from a news perspective.

It is always fascinating to see all the things that made the news during the year so it makes a lot of sense for us to reflect on our highlights and lowlights as well. The process itself can take between 30 minutes to an hour as outlined in this post.

end of year review

My 10 Most Popular Posts Of The Year

During the course of this year, the number of visitors coming to my website has steadily increased, which is always a good thing.

Staying consistent with creating new and regular content is still challenging however the rewards are well worth the effort.

Here are my ten most popular posts for the year based on the number of clicks on each link, the amount of shares on social media and the number of comments made.

10 most popular personal development blog posts

5 Ways To Take Back Your Time And Set Yourself Up To Win In The New Year

As we approach the start of a new year, it’s not uncommon for most of us to consider doing things differently in the New Year.

In order to be able to create new results, we must make better use of our time.

Time is our most precious resource as it is the one thing we can never get back. Every day, we’re exposed to more and more distractions which compete for our attention and our time. So how do we take back control of our time and use it in more productive ways?

how to take control of your time

5 Ways to Strengthen Your Skills In The New Year

The start of a New Year is a time for new beginnings, new hope and new commitments.

As the start of a New Year is when we usually set new goals, one area that is worth focusing on is skill development.

The better our skills are in our professional or personal life, the better we will perform. Developing our skills also helps boost our confidence, which in turn helps us in our ability to communicate with others and get things done.

ways to improve skills

5 Things To Consider Doing Next Year If You Have Not Made Much Progress This Year

Every year, we kick off the New Year with renewed enthusiasm and the notion that this year is going to be different.

It’s like we give ourselves permission to make changes because we want things to be better.

The reality is most of us do not follow through on what we had originally set out to do and before we know it, another year has passed us by which can leave us feeling disappointed, discouraged and even, sad.

If you’re like me, you do not want to make the same mistakes again in the New Year!

how to have the best year ever

My Top Ten Favourite Books Of All Time

From time to time, I get asked to name which book has had the biggest impact on my life.

While it is challenging to narrow it down to one book, what I thought I’d do in this post is to share my favourite ten books.

Since it’s almost the holiday season, this can be a really good time to read these books, if you haven’t yet done so.

business books reading list

5 Reasons Why Being Busy May Not Be Working For You

Consider this scenario — you’ve just met a friend you haven’t seen for a while and they ask you how things are with you.

Based on your current situation, how will you respond? Will you say you’ve been very busy lately?

If that’s the case, then you’re not alone. In our fast-paced world, the majority of people are overstretched, overcommitted and overwhelmed with all the things they have going on in their lives. It has even reached the point where we are constantly exhausted.

The scary thing is that being exhausted is almost like a status symbol. If we’re not busy or overwhelmed, then we must not be doing anything important.

Unfortunately that behaviour is not good for us long-term.

why being busy is not a good thing

Is Company Loyalty Affecting The Choices You Have In Life?

One of the most common paradigms that has been around for a long time is to get a “good” job with a company and if you work hard enough and show loyalty, you will be rewarded through job promotions, higher pay and better benefits.

Plus if you show loyalty, you will be given job security.

In recent times, especially over the last couple of decades, that paradigm has been challenged and there are some risky downsides to be operating from that paradigm. I think this idea of job security is a thing of the past.

Why do I say that?

Having experienced and also witnessed company restructuring, downsizing or rightsizing throughout my career, I’ve seen firsthand how it affects people and how they respond when change is forced upon them.

the downside of being loyal to a company

5 Ways To Make The Last Month Of The Year Count

It is hard to believe that we’re now into the last month of the year. I don’t know about you but to me, the years seem to be going by quicker and quicker the older I get!

How has this year turned out for you? Did you accomplish the things you wanted to?

Traditionally, most of us start to wind down and take our foot of the gas pedal as we move into the festive season. On the other hand, some of us may be feeling burned out or run down after a long year and just want the year to be over.

The good news is there is still a month left and a lot can be done in this last month of the year.

ways to catch up in the last month of the year