This is the best advice I got from a co-worker some years ago.
Let me explain…
Why New Year’s Resolution Lists don’t work
OK, so we are on the last day of the year once again.
It’s the time when we look back at what we did and review if we are happy with what we’ve achieved. Some of us will go even further and make a New Year’s resolution list with all the things we want to change and achieve during this year that’s about to start, but…
When we get back to work on Jan 2nd and we want to start with our “new resolutions” we understand that we still need to continue handling the same projects we started a couple of weeks ago with the same people and the same attitudes we dealt with up to now.
Then someone calls us and complains about a decision you made two months ago.
And so, before you know it, you are back doing the same things in the same way and with the same attitude you did before.
And so your New Year’s resolution list becomes a nice decoration to post on the wall of your office or cubicle.
My conclusion: New Year’s resolution lists are not that productive to begin with.
Start Fresh – Quit your job NOW!
There is not much we can do about continuing handling the same projects and working with the same people we did up to now. Nor is there a way to stop being responsible for the stuff you did (good or bad) some months ago. This is just the way it is.
But imagine, just for a minute, what would happen if today was your first day on the job.
Remember that feeling of a fresh start and the excitement you had during your first days on the job?
How good would it be to be able to get that feeling again today!
Then again, why not? Make a decision that today, with the new year, you will virtually quit your job and start fresh once again tomorrow!!
Communicate this to your team and to your co-workers – who cares if some of them will look at you as if you drank too much last night!
Starting tomorrow all quarrels are behind us, our past wrong decisions are forgotten, and all of us get a chance to start new. We all get a fresh start.
Make new objectives, go ahead and ask your team to do the same.
The important thing is to approach your work as if this is a fresh start and whatever you did in the past has no effect in your future actions or decisions.
It is all in your mind and your attitude
Choosing to virtually quit your job and start today fresh is up to you.
The guy who told me about this approach does this once a quarter, and even though at the beginning it used to look awkward, with time I understood what he did and even adopted this approach myself (although I only do it once a year and not once every three months).
Go ahead and give this a try! It will be even more interesting if you try it for a couple of weeks and then come back to share your experience.
What do you have to loose? 😉