Tomorrow the calendar ticks over to Sept, and it suddenly feels like 2017 is heading to a close. In Singapore we don’t really have clear seasons, so I judge the passing of time by various public holidays and festivals - and we’ve only got 3 left for the rest of the year!
It seems like only a few months since we started 2017, full of the promise of a new year, and all that we were going to achieve. Before we know it we’ll be making another round of new year resolutions, the gyms will be bursting, and bars will be trying to tempt us out of Dry January. But let’s not forget there are still 3 months left of 2017, and that now is the time to set yourself up for success in 2018. Here are 4 things you could do in the next month to get started.
Are you thinking of moving jobs next year?
Start now. Unless you’re very lucky, most people spend a couple of months searching for a job, and then have to serve notice period, so if you start now, you could be set up for a fresh start in Jan 2018. You can check out the 33 Talent jobs here.
Still have holiday to clear?
By this point in the year, a lot of us still haven’t used much holiday allowance up. Now is the perfect time to use some of your remaining leave up and book that dream trip to refresh you for the last quarter of 2017, OR if you can’t take holiday now, start planning a big trip for next year - book early and get some cheap flights!
Studies have shown that the planning and anticipation of a holiday can even be more beneficial to happiness than the holiday itself.
Read a book!
One of the more popular resolutions for 2017 was to read more - scrolling through endless social media feeds doesn’t count. Even if it wasn’t one of your resolutions, it’s a great way to re-set your thinking and learn something new.
In our office, some of our favourite non-fiction books this year have included: “Thrive” by Arianna Huffington, “Key Person of Influence” by Daniel Priestly and “Growth Hacker Marketing” by Ryan Holiday.
Make a plan
We love a good plan here at 33 Talent - see related posts here and here. I even took over a whole window for my latest marketing plan, and covered it with post-it notes so I have no excuse not to remember all the things I want to get done before the end of the year.
Whatever it is you want to achieve, having a plan (and getting visual with it!) will keep you focused right through to the end of the year.