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As we close out 2022 and start 2023, there can be a lot of pressure to make New Year’s resolutions.  This year be kind to yourself. Use January to reflect, to recharge and to reset for a productive year ahead. Happy New Year to you all. Together let’s plan 2023 one month at a time!

The Problem with New Year’s Resolutions

Every year lots of plans are made but an alarming number of these plans are never completed. Why? Because often those resolutions are too unrealistic, too vague or too hard! But there is another aspect to it too. January can be the toughest time of the year to start lots of new things. Especially if we want to stick to them!

Our motivation is often low at this time as the excitement of Christmas fades and we return to work, facing into a long month. With the dark evenings still upon us, finding the energy to tackle new challenges can be hard.

Plan 2023 One Month at a Time

Don’t get me wrong – I love plans and goals. In fact, I spend most of my year working with people to help them plan, goal set and be productive! But my advice, at this time, is to ease into the New Year and then take it one month at a time.

So instead of drawing up a list of challenging resolutions for 2023, try something different each month. List anything you want to do this year and pick the best time of year to start each thing. That takes the pressure off January when your energy and focus may still be low.

This worked for me in 2022. I eased into January and set my first resolution for February. By then I felt rested and energised. I was ready to try something new and more motivated to stick to it.

Reflect, Reset and Recharge in January 2023

This year, be kind to yourself. Use January to reflect, to recharge and to reset for a productive year ahead. Happy New Year to you all. Together let’s plan 2023 one month at a time!

Best of luck and if you need any help planning your goals just contact me at [email protected]

Develop Your Productivity Skills

At we recommend that you: 1) tweak these productivity tips to find what works best for you and your business and 2) stretch yourself so you can achieve more.

You can access lots of productivity articles on our website on a range of topics including Tips for Hybrid Working, Managing Email, Reducing Stress, Wellbeing and Saying No.

We help people develop productive working routines and enhance their personal effectiveness through our individual Coaching programme, our group Productivity Workshops and Seminars.

Should you wish to develop new skills and habits in your own time you can book our online Productivity Masterclass. To discuss any of these options, contact our Productivity Consultant Moira Dunne.

Written by Productivity Consultant Moira Dunne, founder and director of

Moira Dunne