New Year, not-so-new you: The power of small changes.

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New Year, not-so-new you: The power of small changes.

Posted by: Phil Kelly
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As we step into the new year, many of us contemplate how to improve ourselves. Our resolutions often revolve around bettering our performance and wellbeing. The good news is that significant improvements don’t require drastic measures. Small changes can have a direct and lasting impact.

We want to share some strategies for making subtle adjustments to your daily routine and mindset, which can help boost your overall performance. By starting small, staying consistent, and making these incremental changes, you can enhance your personal and professional life in 2024.

Get off to a good start:

Starting each day afresh can help you achieve success. Creating a morning routine can include simple activities such as meditation, taking a brief walk, or enjoying a proper breakfast. You may even want to implement a rule to not check your phone until you are dressed and ready to start the day. These small changes can set a positive tone and prepare you for the day ahead. Remember, consistency is key to forming a routine.

Prioritise your plans:

Prioritising daily tasks can improve productivity and provide a sense of accomplishment. Take a few minutes each morning to identify the most critical and time-sensitive items and focus on them first. By addressing these tasks promptly, you will not only maximise your chances of doing a great job, but you will also stay away from feelings of stress and pressure, both of which can be a hindrance to performance.

Look forward:

Having something positive to look forward to can boost your mood and reduce stress. Whether it is a catch-up with a colleague, a mid-morning cup of tea, or finishing a key project, finding things to look forward to each day can help keep you positive and moving forward.

Tidy desk, tidy mind:

A clutter-free and organised workspace can significantly impact your focus and efficiency. Take a few moments each day to declutter, organise your surroundings, and create an environment that supports productivity.

This applies to your digital workspace too! Try decluttering your digital workspace and personalising your desktop so it only features apps and files you use regularly. You could save yourself valuable seconds (those seconds, of course, add up over time).

Activate active listening:

Practising active listening can help foster meaningful connections and build important relationships. Truly engaging with others promotes stronger connections and understanding.

You can find more advice and tips for being an active listener right here.

Celebrate the small wins:

Celebrating your successes, no matter how small, can provide motivation and reinforce positive behaviours. Use these moments to reflect on your goals and progress. This self-awareness allows you to make necessary adjustments and stay aligned with your objectives.


Improving overall performance does not always require huge lifestyle overhauls. Often, it’s the small, consistent changes that yield the most significant results. As we embark on a new year, let’s embrace the power of these subtle adjustments. While none of these changes alone will completely transform your life, together they can produce noticeable results with minimal effort.

This approach can lead to significant gains over time while reducing pressure and stress. knowing that the cumulative effect can lead to enhanced performance, wellbeing, and overall success.


Are you interested in improving your performance in 2024? From coaching to consultancy, Pro-Noctis can directly address your ambitions and goals. If you are not sure what support you need, or you would like to speak to someone for free advice, just get in touch

You can also join us at the Pro-Noctis High-Performance Coaching Seminar in March – enhance your skills and improve your performance with guidance from coaching experts and hear from our VIP guest speakers.

Author: Phil Kelly
An award-winning business owner and TED presenter, Phil lives and breaths performance. Having designed and delivered successful training packages across various industries worldwide, he now spends most of his time within business development and consulting. Phil Kelly