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Make it a Strong Finish to 2010

2011-new-year-fireworksWe are almost there…the close of another year.  There are two ways to end the year.  One way is to write off the rest of December because the year is just about shot and then just start fresh in January.  Another way is to focus on what is most important for you to accomplish in December, so you hit January already in stride.

The project manager in me opts for the second way.  I like to wrap the year up with a bow and end it on a high note.  So, let us look at five ways you can make the most of the last two weeks of December.

1. Ho.  Ho.  Go! If you look at what is on your project list, ask yourself what items will have the most positive impact on how you end this year and begin the next?  For example, is there a nagging item that has been stalling a project and that just needs some time and focus?  Identify them and get your groove on.

 2. Energy Busters. What is on your project list that is weighing you down and depleting the energy of you and your team?  Look at those and see what is possible to complete, reassign or rethink.  It is amazing what it can do to your productivity when you tackle energy busters.

3. Celebrate What Went Right. We humans like to celebrate the good things along the way.  A great way to end the year is to gather your team or your family and look at all the accomplishments over the past 12 months.  Whether a team member was nominated for an award or a family member was accepted into the college of his or her choice, do not end the year without playing some of its greatest hits.  Turn up the volume on the good stuff!

4. Laugh at the Follies. Humor is a good way to cope with the near-misses or flops of the year.  Was there a product launch that fizzled or a new marketing idea that missed the mark?  Many innovative companies acknowledge “failures” as critical stepping stones to success.  Do you have any from 2010 that should be lauded?  Learn from them.  Laugh at them.  Move on.

5. Thank You Time. No matter what holiday traditions you may celebrate, do not forget to take time at the end of the year to thank the people who helped you along the way.  You do not have to stress out over complex gift giving.  Instead, think of meaningful ways to thank the people who matter in your personal and professional life.  Hint:  in the age of e-mail, a handwritten personal note has a whole new meaning.

Now, can you visualize that big red bow at the end of your 2010?  It is your visual reminder that you ended the year strong, lacing up the loose ends for a solid finish.

And as you look ahead to 2011, here is a present from your friends at Cheetah Learning.

A Present for You From Cheetah Learning

Your success is our ongoing reward at Cheetah.  Our holiday gift to you is choosing your own price to register for our Project Prosperity course.  Contact Dave Maule at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. by Dec. 31, 2010 for details, and we will help you begin 2011 with a prosperous frame of mind.  Here is to ending 2010 with a strong finish and beginning 2011 with the momentum of accomplishment.

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