This contributed post has great tips for review the past year and setting up for 2018.
The start of a new year can always leave you feeling a bit glum and uninspired – making you fixate on all the given up resolutions, and all the achievements that are still pending from the previous year. The best way to combat this is to organize your life, ready to welcome in the New Year with your best foot forward.
1. Make Realistic Goals and Resolutions
This may seem like an obvious one to start with, but be honest, how many New Year’s resolutions have you stuck to for the entirety of a year? The reason many people give up: the goal wasn’t within reach in the first place. This is about being really honest with yourself and thinking what you can actually achieve within a year.
2. Have a Clear Out
Clear outs can be one of those motivational mysteries, but taking it one step at a time can make it seem like less of a monumental task. Tackle those little jobs you’ve been saying you’ll get round to all year, but have just been putting off. Clean out your cutlery drawer, organise your airing cupboard and donate all unwanted books and clothes to charity. Like the saying “tidy house, tidy mind” – this will leave you feeling accomplished and clear-headed.
3. Plan Your January (and every month after)
Christmas is so full of family meetings and fun days out that January can be accompanied by dullness and the post-Christmas blues. So, get that new calendar out and plan an outing at least once a week for the month. Whether it be a family outing, or some much needed “me time”, make sure you have things to look forward to at the end of the working week. This helps to keep you focused and motivated on your goals, without feeling like you’re wasting your days off/ weekends lounging on the sofa. Make time for what matters most. It’s a good habit to get into for the following months, especially if you find spontaneous trips have failed you in the past.
4. Record and Enjoy Special Moments
Taking pictures or recording a video diary of your outings and events is a lovely way of keeping memories to look back on at the end of 2018. Think about how many times you’ve said “oh I wish I had a camera with me” this year. Find your old camera and memory card, or if you have a smartphone familiarise yourself with the camera settings and different apps to record memories, like Instagram. There are also options like recordable glasses that capture these moments without leaving you a prisoner behind your
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6. Display Achievements
Make yourself an achievement board of all you have achieved in previous years. Either for the office or for somewhere you can see every morning, to motivate you. Think of it as a reminder of what you can do when you put your mind to something.
These tips are perfect for filling that Christmas lull we all feel between Christmas Day and New Year’s Eve.