Christmastime is officially over, and now everyone is starting to get giddy about celebrating New Years! I’ve always been a big fan of this holiday, because it forces me to reflect on another year passed, including everything that I’m proud of and everything that I may not be so proud of. To me, it’s another chapter in my book of life, and I think it’s so important to celebrate the closing of each chapter as well as the start of a new one. Plus, who doesn’t love a holiday that promotes dressing up and drinking champagne? No one, that’s who.
And, with the start of a new year comes a flurry of New Years Resolutions, which I’ve actually never been fond of. You see, I believe we should be setting and reaching goals consistently throughout the year, not just at the start of a new one. I’ve never been one to put off a task, and nothing makes me feel like I’m getting shit done than starting to work towards a goal NOW, NOT later. My advice? Keep a list on ongoing goals in a journal, and break down 3-5 key actions you can start to take NOW to reach each goal. They don’t need to be overwhelming actions, just simple and effective ones :)
In addition to feeling strongly about goal setting and tackling throughout the year, I ALSO feel very strongly about starting each year with a fresh, clean slate. This can be done in a lot of different ways, but my personal favorites involve getting super organized and excited so that I’m able to dive headfirst into the new year stress-free and ready to go! I’ve had the most success with these 5 methods in the past. It’s my hope that they can help you jump start your year, too!
1. Clean Out Your Closet
I’m telling you, nothing feels better than tossing out all of those old clothes you don’t (or can’t) wear anymore and donating them to charity! Cleaning out/purging your closet is SUCH a great way to start the year. It frees up tons of closet space for all those future items you may need, and it allows you to rid yourself of excess clothing. I love handing over a bag to Goodwill each year, because I know that someone else will get so much joy out of something that I’m not using anymore.
2. Write Down Everything You’re Excited About in 2017
This is probably my favorite thing to do at the start of the year. I write out each month on a piece of paper and then, beside each month, I write every event occuring during that month that I’m excited for! And, of course, it is always likely that you’ll have more events to add throughout the year! It’s so neat to have a visual of all the fun things you’re psyched about over the course of 12 months, and I think it’s a great motivator to work hard so that you can really enjoy those things!
3. Deep Clean Your Home
This is definitely not one of my favorite things to do, but absolutely the most necessary. The key is to not make excuses; take one day of your weekend, grab some cleaning products, and go to town. As young adults, we tend to “surface clean,” which is great for the short-term, but not so much when you’ve been living in the same place for awhile. January 31 will mark one full year that I've been in my first home! And, it just recently dawned on me that I probably haven’t thoroughly cleaned as much as I’d like to. I lived in my previous apartment for 3 years, and always made sure to deep clean at the start of the year. Winter cleaning is the new spring cleaning, friends!
4. Buy a Really Kick Ass Planner
Eeeek! I love planners. I know we are in an era of digital everything, but there is just something so special to me about putting pen to paper and being able to visually see your weekly agenda. Before January 1 rolls around, make sure you’ve got a really sweet daily, weekly, or monthly planner to keep track of all your happenings! I’ve used these three in the past and have really adored them:
5. Write Down Your Ideal Schedule
This may be a whacky strategy, but one thing I’ve started doing is writing down what my ideal/dream schedule looks like, and then making it a point to look at it every single day so that I never get burnt out or lose sight of my “point Z” (aka my end goal). Every day that I look at this, it makes me work so much harder because I know that, one day, this schedule will be my reality and I’ll be doing exactly what I want to do if I keep pushing.
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