The start of the year always brings the same feeling of anxiety

Remco Livain
3 min readJan 7, 2023
Photo by Tessa Rampersad on Unsplash

As the beginning of the year approaches, I always feel a mix of excitement and anxiety. On one hand, there is the opportunity to set new goals and make positive changes in my life. On the other hand, there is the overwhelming feeling of trying to get back into the swing of things after the holidays.

One of the biggest challenges for me is the fact that it is hard to get going again after taking some time off.

I have spent the last few weeks with friends and family, reflecting on the past year and thinking about what I could do better this year. However, when I return to work, it feels like I have to jump right back into the daily grind, and it can be overwhelming.

I also find it hard to focus my attention on one thing at a time. With so much going on, it seems like there are always a million things vying for my attention. This can make it difficult to stay on track and make progress towards my goals.

It’s a pattern that repeats itself

Every year, I seem to struggle with these feelings at the beginning of the year. My wife has even pointed out that this is a pattern for me. I wish there was a simple solution to this problem, but the truth is, it is just something that I have to work through.

That being said, I am looking forward to what the new year has in store. I know that there will be challenges and struggles along the way, but I am ready to face them head on and make the most of the year ahead.

Are creating a list of future priorities helps

One of the ways that I stay on track and achieve my goals is by setting priorities. It can be tempting to try and juggle too many things at once, but the truth is that I can only focus on a few things at a time.

By identifying what is most important to me and focusing on those things first, I am able to make steady progress towards my goals. At the same time, I also try to keep an eye out for slow growth opportunities.

These are things that may not provide immediate results, but can have a big impact in the long run. For…

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Remco Livain

Dutch Digital Entrepreneur. Love to share thoughts on innovation and digitalization (ceo @gandt ventures) - writer @thestartup