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If you are like me, you may not feel as refreshed as you should be in the new year. I know I’m not.  Holidays are exhausting from shopping for the perfect gift to visiting your family - it can all be a drag on your energy levels. I’m sure you’re feeling the same way and no doubt you also need to be recharged for 2013, so here are a couple of tips to “get back on the horse” as they say,  courtesy of Amex’s Open Forum:

1. Get your priorities in line.
Time management is a year-round challenge for business owners. That’s why it’s more important than ever to know your priorities.

TIP: Set a stopwatch for 20 minutes and write down everything that needs to be done during the month. Then, give yourself another 10 minutes to assess which of those tasks are the most important to yourself, your dealership and your family. Keep that list in mind as you start each day—and make sure all your activities are centered around those core priorities.

2. Ditch the New Year’s resolutions.
A FranklinCovey survey found that 80 percent of people who make New Year’s resolutions will break them. And a third never make it to the end of January. If you’re one of the many people who have left a string of resolutions behind, it’s time for a new approach.

TIP: Rather than creating your resolutions for 2013, this time to reflect on your dealership and market. What were some of the best things that your dealership accomplished this year? What were some of the biggest mistakes? Don’t rush to begin planning the new year until you’ve celebrated your wins and acknowledged your mistakes.

3. Evaluate your year as a business leader.
In addition to reflecting on your business, this is a good time to reflect on yourself. Be as objective as possible, write down your strongest characteristics as a leader—and your weakest. Then, think about how each of these characteristics impacted your dealership, team members and partners during the year. This type of objective self-assessment can help you pinpoint areas to improve in 2013.

4. Show the love.
Think about the most important people you've worked with throughout the year. Then, let them know just how much you appreciate them.

5. Unplug and recharge your batteries.
Downtime is the only real way to hit the reset button, both personally and professionally. And it will open the door to fresh perspectives and new inspiration.

TIP: Whenever I’m not feeling inspired, I grab someone and play ping-pong with them for 15 minutes. It recharges me and makes me feel awake! Grab someone and DO something to recharge your brain!

If that doesn’t recharge you for 2013, I don’t know what will! If you have any additional tips on recharging yourself, feel free to comment  below!

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