3 questions to kick off your New Year

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As we start the New Year, many of us start thinking about our goals in terms of new client development and cash flow budgets. Take time to reflect on this past year and consider your future goals from a different perspective with these three questions:

What was the best use of your time this year

This a really positive way to go into the new year focused on where you want to give the most attention. Taking the time to reflect on what the highest and best use of your time was for 2022 helps to highlight the excess items that prevent you from doing more of that in 2023. This is one that can be used both in the workplace and at home. We easily get bogged down in the day to day and we can forget to place our biggest priorities first if we haven’t taken the self-reflection time to appreciate what they are.

What was the most challenging part of your work this year

This a really positive way to go into the new year focused on where you want to give the most attention. Taking the time to reflect on what the highest and best use of your time was for 2022 helps to highlight the excess items that prevent you from doing more of that in 2023. This is one that can be used both in the workplace and at home. We easily get bogged down day to day and we can forget to place our biggest priorities first if we haven’t taken the self-reflection time to appreciate what they are.

What is one thing you want to learn in the new year

Again, this can be used both personally and professionally. Even if it’s not something technical for work, maybe you want to learn how to quilt or heli-ski. I have found that people who love to learn about new things continuously are the easiest to talk to, which means even if you pick a new skill or topic that is not technical to your workplace, you’ll have a new topic of conversation to share at networking events. Learning new things always helps to introduce you to new people who share your passion.

These three questions can help lead into your goal-setting conversation, but the best part about them is that they aren’t just achievement driven. Asking these self-reflection questions helps to set you up for a year of fulfillment, not just professional success.

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Christine Gervais is a licensed CPA, using her skills to help businesses grow and achieve their fullest potential. Christine has a Master’s degree in accounting from Southern New Hampshire University in addition to holding her CPA license for over a decade. Notably, Christine is a nationally recognized speaker providing education to other CPAs on how to best serve clients as well as instruction on a wide variety of topics for business owners on how to maximize success. Christine prides herself on the value she can bring to clients with her extensive tax knowledge and providing strategic, forward-thinking financial strategies to help clients grow. When not behind her desk, you can find Christine spending quality time with her daughter and stepson or tending to the family’s excessively loved farm animals.