It’s the year 2023… let that sink in for a minute.

Time is like a rogue snowball making its way down a hill; it gets fasters and more disorienting each year. As we welcome this third year of the 2020s, why not start it with some intentionality? When it comes to Commercial Real Estate, the industry moves a bit more like an icicle forming on the side of a house. Slowly but surely. But this year, you can make it your best one yet. So let’s kick this inspiring blog post into high gear and start our six ways to make 2023 your best year yet:

→ Goal setting

Start with a blank piece of paper. Set up two columns and numbers 1-5. Column one is for business goals, and two is for personal. Add a few goals to the list, such as things you’d like to learn, develop or achieve. Maybe you want to give social media a real try this year; put that on the list. Or maybe it’s time for a fresh website. Whatever the goal is, write out a few steps to making it happen. A friendly reminder that great goals are Specific, Measurable, Achievable, Relevant, and Time-Bound.

Besides your business goals, consider how you can improve your personal life. Maybe with a bit more intentionality in your relationships or setting aside time to relax. Write your five personal goals down. According to Mark Murphy in this Forbes article, “people who very vividly describe or picture their goals are anywhere from 1.2 to 1.4 times more likely to successfully accomplish their goals than people who don’t.”

Organize to realize

Set yourself up for success by organizing your phone, laptop and workspace. Take some time at the beginning of the year to put a few things in order, delete a few cluttering apps, and actually clean out the trash bin on your desktop. These tasks can impact your everyday activities and create more of a ‘zen’ space for you to thrive in.

Work Smarter

With tools like Spacelist, you can simplify your work week. From automatic listings synchronization to getting your listings in front of Canada’s largest CRE audience, Spacelist allows you to make the most of your time. Pro members get top placement and an exclusive opportunity to be part of our Broker Spotlight.

There are countless tools out there to make your life a little easier. A few of our favourites are Asana (the ultimate task list), Zapier (create magical automation behind the scenes), Loom (for when you need to describe something in person but can’t be in person), and of course, Canva (making your content look really good, really easily).

Work your gratitude

Start each day with gratitude. This simple (and free!) action can have ripple effects on your life and business. For example, try thanking people for their effort and time or simply express appreciation for those in your life. Gratitude is shown to have exponential benefits for our health. (Check out this Harvard Health article) Make a meaningful effort to say “thank you.” You’ll be glad you did.

Freshen Up

It’s a new year, so why not spruce up your headshot or bio or try something new in your office? A new take on something you experience daily can help you approach your work with fresh eyes. Try shuffling things around a wee bit to test the waters. Or dive right in and try a new haircut or go crazy and move your desk closer to the window.

Try something new

Haven’t really tried out social media? 2023 is the perfect time to explore sharing your listings on Instagram or your expertise on your website’s new blog. With minimal effort, you can see incremental results. But it’s important to try something new. The benefits of exploring new territory include increasing memory, mood and motivation (source).

Start 2023 on the right foot and give a few of these ideas (or all of them!) a try. Let us know which points you loved, which you tried and what you’d add to the list on LinkedIn.

Happy new year to all our readers and subscribers. We hope this year is the best one yet.