Is this year the year? The year you will floss more, stress less, wake up earlier and drink eight glasses of water a day – while training for a marathon, writing a book and securing a pay rise? Perhaps it is. Because no matter how many new years we welcome, and how many old ones we farewell, there’s something undeniably tempting about the promise of a fresh new year – a collective breath and well-intentioned resolutions.
We’ve all seen those extravagant promises that crash and burn by January 9th. Perhaps you’ll hit snooze on your alarm and replace your glass of water with a double-shot vanilla latte every now and then. That’s not the point. The point is to think big and see what happens. Or as Norman Vincent Peale says much more eloquently than me, “Shoot for the moon. Even if you miss, you’ll land among the stars.”
So while we get busy building our rocket ships, here are a few things some of Xero Australia’s leadership team vowed to try this year.
A healthier diet for the mind, body and soul – Rob Stone, National Partner Director
In Sales it is very easy to not prioritise health, and I want to show my team and colleagues that we can balance our work commitments and find time to focus on our health. I was given the new Peter Fitzsimmons book, Aussie Bloke Slim Down for Christmas – and I’m looking to follow some of its suggestions, like cutting out sugar. I’ve recently bought an Apple watch and installed some fitness apps to help me to start tracking my progress. I’ve set goals around swimming and cycling, but the big one is to run a half marathon by the end of the year.
I’ve also taken to heart an old concept delivered by Dandapani – a Hindu Priest who ran a morning session with Xero – talking about how to bring more focus into our lives. I’ve always prided myself on being an adept multi-tasker, but I’m trying something new and wanting to be present in whatever I am doing in the moment over 2017.
Learn a new style of scheduling – Bernie Hepburn, Education Director
I write this on my last week at Xero (for a while) before heading on maternity leave. With this in mind, my resolution is be kind to myself, be flexible and to learn to switch off. For the first time I can remember, I actually plan to leave behind the calendar I rely on, the Evernote reminders that organise me and the mindset of working to a strict schedule – apparently babies do not like slotting into a Google Calendar invite! I will also aim to leave the house in the first six weeks without vomit on my clothing … wish me luck.
Remember less is more – Laura Cardinal, VP Product Management
I announced to all my friends that this year I was going to be healthier and signed up for the gym just before Christmas… and I haven’t been back since. I’m really good at breaking New Year’s resolutions not long after the countdown.
But I am continuously trying to make small improvements in my life and challenging habits to make space for new ones. I’ve been focusing on removing physical clutter – culling my wardrobe and implementing a ‘uniform’, for example – and now I want to adopt this minimalist approach to other areas of my life; to treat my thoughts and time as a limited resource and focus on what’s important.
So my resolutions are to be mindful about my time (am I doing something I love; spending time with people I can learn from; switching off; having fun?), my mind (am I present; am I focussed on what’s important?) and my actions (am I setting an example to be proud of?). That’s the stuff that matters to me as a mum, a member of the Xero leadership team, and as me.
Make time for the small things – Penny Elmslie, Head of Marketing
We plan many of our marketing campaigns in advance, so I’m already looking forward to what 2017 will bring. It’s going to be a busy year full of big work from Xero, but I’ve resolved to make some time for the little things too. I want to master five new recipes, drink more water and get myself along to a weight session once a week.
Buy only from Xero customers – Marina Holmes, Communications and Stakeholder Director
The favourite part of my job is hearing stories from Xero customers on why they chose to use Xero to run their business and why they love it. Even after four and a half years at Xero, I’m still blown away by the advocacy our customers and partners have for us – it’s truly humbling. So I’m going to turn my resolution into an experiment. I vow to only buy from Xero customers for a seven-day period (and blog about it of course!). That means tracking all my strong lattes, lunches, exercise and impulse purchases back to small businesses.
Supporting our customers while taking care of business? That’s a resolution I’m happy to stick to.
Happy New Year! Let’s make 2017 your year.