Q4 is an interesting time of the year. Most people see the final quarter as a mop up quarter. It’s not one to make new plans but a good time to neatly round up all the work you have been doing across the first three quarters. It is also the time many people face burnout brought about by a pressure to meet deadlines before the end of the year.
You may find yourself sad around this time. Perhaps there was a lot more you had wanted to get done that now feels impossible. The worst thing you can do at this time is lose focus and give up. You have achieved so much over the past nine months. Take another look at your personal development plan. You may not have scored 100% but there are victories there for you to look back upon and celebrate. Take joy in what you have achieved. Give yourself a pat on the back and treat yourself to your favourite meal.
It’s also important to realise you still have a few weeks before everyone takes off for the end of the year productivity slump holiday. How much can you still achieve with consistent progress? Remember, you are not trying to create a miracle. What you want is a powerful productivity victory that will enable you close your personal development plan for the year on a high note.
As the year draws to a close, the next thing you should do is start reviewing your personal development plan in anticipation of 2020. I’m quite excited about that.
If you are suffering from end of year burnout and would like to talk about it, feel free to leave a comment or reach out through the contact us page. The year’s not over yet.