As we head towards the end of the year, here are five questions every leader should ask themselves before 2019.
The New Year Approaches
I love the New Year. It always seems like a new slate. If this year has gone badly in any way, then the new year gives me the opportunity for a fresh start. The new year is a chance to step back and take stock. So here are five questions I’ll be thinking about.
What Relationships are Important to Me?
I know that I am very task-oriented person. That means that my work can easily take priority over family and friendly relationships. Has that happened this year? The first question every leader should ask themselves at the new year is how to plan to spend time with family and friends in 2019. It might mean planning a holiday with them. It might mean planning days out. It may even mean planning when and how to contact them more often.
When am I Going on Holiday?
It’s very easy to start planning in work and ministry commitments at the beginning of a New Year. But suddenly you realise you haven’t left enough space for your holiday. Ministry, in particular, will always take as much time as we allow it. We therefore need to be intentional about planning time off. The second question every leader should ask themselves at the end of this year is whether you have put your holidays in before anything else so that you are sure you have time away from work to relax and enjoy some time away.
What am I Going to Read?
I really haven’t read enough books this year. I want to put that right in 2019. I want to grow in my knowledge of God, theology, church life and the other skills my ministry needs. I need to plan what I am going to read next year and when. I also want to choose some fiction to read when I want to relax.
What Can I Change to Make the Biggest Difference?
Think about the one thing that would help you the most in your life and your work. What thing could you change that would affect different areas of your life? This is one of the most important questions that every leader should ask themselves periodically.
For me, it usually ends up being my weight! I am overweight because I over-indulge in food. Losing weight will help me feel better and have the energy I need to get the work that I want to get done. If I focus on this in 2019, it will make a real difference.
What Do I Need to Stop Doing?
Consider one thing that is taking up too much of your time or causing you stress. Perhaps the most important question every leader should ask is what do I need to stop doing. If possible, stop it. It might be too much time on your phone, especially on social media (and in the current political climate, social media is stressful enough on its own!).
Time to Reflect
I love the opportunity to reflect at the end of the year and to focus for the New Year ahead. I will enjoy thinking through these questions amongst others. Hopefully, they will help you too.
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