COO’s Corner: How to Start the New Year Successfully

COO’s Corner: How to Start the New Year Successfully

The new year is finally upon us, and as I’m sure many of you would agree, it couldn’t have come soon enough. 2020 was a unique time to say the least, and with more promising days now in sight, there’s never been a better time to ensure you’re feeling fresh, focused and ready to take on 2021. Here are three things you can do to start off the new year successfully.

Evaluate your goals – and keep them in a safe place

The new year is often considered a clean slate. It’s “resolution season,” and many feel the pressure to set fresh, sometimes lofty goals in order to start the year off “right.” However, it’s important that you don’t leave behind the goals you set over the past year – ones that you’re still working on. For example, if your goal was to run a marathon last year and it just didn’t happen, that doesn’t mean you’ve failed or it’s time to move on. Not every goal has a clear timeline, and it’s okay if you haven’t accomplished everything you’ve set out to yet – especially in a year like 2020.

I highly recommend evaluating your goals, old and new, and focus on the ones that will only better yourself in the weeks, months and years ahead. And, don’t forget to keep them in a safe place! Meaning, ensure you physically write down your goals somewhere that’s easily accessible. Try jotting them down in a planner, journal – even the notes app on your phone will work. When your goals are kept in sight, you’re better equipped to take smaller actions each and every day that will help you crush them in the long run.

Take stock

In addition to taking a closer look at your goals and what you want to accomplish, don’t forget to reflect on the things you already did! Rather than focusing on how challenging the past year was and holding on to negativity, celebrate the wins, big and small, that you achieved despite the roadblocks.

Start the new year by appreciating the good change in your life. Think – what went well for me last year? What improvements did I make? What relationships did I build? What did I remove from or add into my life that’s now making me happier? I’m sure you’ll remember more good things that happened than you’re giving the year credit for.

Prioritize your mental health and wellness 

While physical health and fitness are a typical focus during the new year, don’t forget to tend to your mental health and wellness, too. There are plenty of little things you can to do get started. Limit your screen time, get some fresh air or start a journal. Make sure you’re allowing yourself time to pause, reflect and better understand your thoughts and emotions. Most importantly, be kind to yourself and understand that it’s okay to take a step back and focus on YOU. Every single one of us has faced our fair share of challenges that have been physically and mentally draining, and you can’t pour from an empty cup. Putting your mental health first and optimizing your well-being will only benefit you and your growth in the months ahead.

Wishing you all a healthy, safe and happy start to the new year!

Lauren Izaks is the COO and executive vice president of All Points Public Relations, a franchise-focused PR agency based in the Chicagoland area, www.allpointspr.com.

The All Points Team Shares Their 2020 New Year’s Resolutions

The All Points Team Shares Their 2020 New Year’s Resolutions

The All Points team has big plans heading into the new year. From traveling and living healthier to continuing education and keeping up with hobbies, our team is looking forward to a fresh year filled with new opportunities to achieve our goals. Check out our 2020 New Year’s resolutions!

Maddy: …to run a marathon in 2020. I knocked out a half-marathon run in 2019, so I’m doubling up in the new year.

Allie: …to create more balance in my life to help me enjoy the little things more.

Lauren: …to find balance.

Tracey: …to hold myself to my morning routine of working out and eating a good breakfast. To read more. And to utilize the beautiful garden area we have at our new house (which means learning how to garden).

Meredith: …to cook more at home instead of taking out. I’d also like to learn a new skill.

Amanda: …to drink more water, keep a consistent morning workout routine, read one book every month and aim for seven or eight hours of sleep every night. I’d also like to spend less time scrolling on my phone and more time talking to loved ones on the phone, and visiting with them in person. Finally, I aim to run a total of at least 500 miles in 2020. 

Annie: …to expand my music library and run a half marathon.

Kate: …to stay off my phone! I find myself scrolling through social media mindlessly not even caring about what I’m looking at, and yet I’m still glued to my phone. I have a lot of family travel coming up in 2020 and less screen time will allow me to be more in the moment and really appreciate my time with them. I’d say my resolution should be to delete Instagram, but let’s be real – I can’t quit cold turkey.

Gautier: …to read more! I enjoy a good page-turner, but never prioritize reading— Netflix always feels easier than starting a new book.

Jessica: …to pursue continued education, read more and travel more.

Cole: …to do a better job of taking care of my physical health through diet and exercise.

Jamie: …to remain clearheaded and fresh. I’m predominantly optimistic, aim for consistent transparency and try to find the best in everyone, yet I’d like to have more wind in my sails everyday. That comes from keeping a clear mind and a fresh start to every day.

Marin: …to use my commute to learn something new. I plan on switching out the same playlist that I listen to every day for some podcasts, both career-related and some fun ones like “Stuff They Don’t Want You to Know.” Any recommendations are welcome!

Jonathan: …to be more positive and optimistic toward any situation I’m faced with. Following the cold season, I also want to spend more time outside every day. It’s important to always get some fresh air.

Rachel: …to make more time for my family throughout the year.

Alex H: …to read at least one book a month and to stop eating Twizzlers every day from the All Points food cabinet.

Jenna: …to make healthier choices, from eating healthier, to getting more exercise and putting more focus on self-care, whatever that means!

Mackenzie: …to grow my professional presentation skills and public speaking skills, drink more water and spend more quality time with loved ones, whether it be making the road trip back home to see family or Facetime dinner dates with friends!

Katie: …to go to bed earlier on a daily basis, travel to new places and worry less!

Spencer: …to learn how to play the banjo. Because I failed to finish my 2019 goal, my resolution to learn how to play the banjo has rolled over to 2020. Hopefully this time around I will be more dedicated and finally be able to pluck a tune.

Bailey: …to keep learning new skills— both personally with continuing tennis lessons and professionally with staying up to date on new trends and best practices related to our everyday work.

Nicole: …to make time for photography projects and get back into music photography. Also, being a more conscious consumer, which for me means not giving into fast fashion and investing money in clothes that are sustainable.

Mia: …to eat healthier by cooking more and to spend more time with family.

Joey: …to wake up earlier to enjoy some morning “me time” — a good cup of coffee and sunshine to fuel my soul.

Alex S: …to spend more time outside! Whether it is through traveling, exercising or changing my usual environment, I want to enjoy more of the outdoors (especially during the few days of nice weather that we have here in Chicago).

Gillian: …to finish the first draft of the novel I am working on and build a small indoor garden this spring.