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Start planning and make changes for 2017

posted by Hannah on Tuesday, 6 December 2016

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It’s hard to believe, but the end of 2016 is already fast approaching! If you listen closely, you may even be able to hear a few jingle bells in the distance.

There is a temptation at this time of year to just get your head down and push on through until the Christmas break when you feel you can catch up on yourself. However, with Christmas being such a busy time of the year filled with office parties and last-minute shopping, there can often be little time to reflect on the year that’s about to end. This blog concentrates on planning and making changes for 2017.

The New Year

The months leading up to the new year can be a good occasion to reflect on what you have achieved in the past year. It also allows you the chance to consider some further goals. You may wish to set these for 2017, especially if you feel there are some aspects of your life you want to work on. Trying to plan ahead once the new year arrives can be much more difficult because the first few months of the year can be a challenge. If you do make plans, you may also be able to avoid the January blues, as you will have some new goals you wish to achieve clear in your mind.

Changes for 2017

When it comes to considering some changes for 2017, it is best to make these relevant and realistic. How many times do you decide on grand, sweeping changes that you then forget pretty much straight away? It is much better to set goals that are practical and feel achievable. One way to try to ensure this is to take account of what you have done over the past year and what you still want to achieve. There may have been one area of your life this year that you feel has not been as strong or productive as you had hoped. For example, many people find as they approach the end of the year, they have drifted away from friends and family, especially if it has been a busy year.

This could be a chance to re-evaluate relationships and prioritise the ones you will work on in 2017.


It is also worth setting some aspirational goals, including steps you can take that may potentially shape your future. One such goal could be to undertake some further study. Many of you hope for the new year to bring a promotion or change of career. This may not necessarily happen without some effort on your part. You are much more likely to be able to control your future if you invest in upskilling and personal development. Distance learning is perfect for self development. You can actually study something you are interested in or help achieve your career or future career goals.

Oxbridge Home Learning offers a wide range of distance learning courses. These courses will help you take some steps towards your goals. Wrap up warm, head to the nearest coffee shop, get your notebook or tablet out, and start planning for 2017.

Remebber: One too many glasses of Baileys also isn’t conducive to clear thinking.