We’re wrapping up the shortest month of the year (did anyone else feel like January lasted a decade and February just flew by?), and that means that we’re on the cusp of a new month—one that represents renewal and change. It’s an exciting time, but the season also comes with its stresses as change can seem like a bad thing at first blush. The good news is that we have a few ways to help you embrace this season and all it stands for.
Learn to be flexible. Maybe you’re in a slow spot at work—or, maybe like those of us in the PR agency biz, you’ve been sprinting at full speed since the new year kicked off. Either way, it’s important to try and be as versatile as possible since this will keep you from feeling too rigid or stuck. If you have the capacity to help out, now’s the time to step forward and show off all your skills (and impress a few of your colleagues while you’re at it). Answer the office phone or jump onto a new project if they need more working hands—you might even discover a love for something different than what you’re used to. And if you feel like you’re drowning, don’t be afraid to ask for a hand so that you can focus on what needs to get done. It’s perfectly okay to take something off your plate so you can make room to, you know, breathe.
Set yourself up for success. I always think of the first few months of a new year as my trial period for everything I set out to do, but it’s around March that I really find my groove and figure out what really helps me. My priority each day is to review my weekly planner and stay on top of all my tasks (our public relations agency even had a planning session where we talked about setting up calendars to succeed), but success looks different for everybody. Find what it is that keeps you afloat—whether that’s a planner, a color-coded calendar, Post-It notes on your desktop or complete chaos. And then make it a point to stick to it.
Bonus: You can do this at work and at home. For example, you can try this trick for setting (and hitting) your monthly reading goal, or talk to friends and coworkers about what you want to accomplish, or build a roadmap to personal success by writing out each action you need to take.
Make some “me time.” Give yourself a few minutes a day to refresh your brain and focus on…well, you. This could be getting up from your desk and walking around your office every hour, adding time to your schedule to exercise (or meditate), or going wild at LUSH and treating yourself to 18 bath bombs you’ll use in a week. Change is coming, and being gentle to—and with—yourself will help you better embrace everything that’s coming your way.
Now you’ve got all the tools you need to face March head-on, so it’s time to take a breath, relax and prepare yourself for a month of renewal. I promise it’ll be fun.