January is a great time to start fresh and motivate yourself for the year ahead. It’s the time to stop procrastinating and start doing. Enter 2018 in the right mindset by preparing for the new year ahead of time with these six simple tasks.
REVIEW YOUR PLANNER SYSTEM
It’s likely that you’ll need to purchase new planner bundles for the new year. Use this as an opportunity to review your current planner system. Do you currently use a weekly planner? If you find yourself getting busier than perhaps it might be worth switching to a daily planner instead.
Add important dates and birthdays for the new year and decorate to your liking. Perhaps you’d like to try colour coding or new stickers to decorate your planner. Check out the 10 Best Etsy Shops for Planner Supplies for ideas.
COMPLETE PROCRASTINATED TASKS
Are there any tasks that you have been putting off for the past few months? Take time to write a list of tasks that you need completing and aim to cross these off your list before the year ends. Book your next dentist appointment, clean your car out or take old clothes to the charity shop. These are good examples of how you can take action to start the new organized.
DECLUTTER YOUR HOME
It can be difficult to get into the right mindset when your house is full of clutter. Use the quiet week between Christmas and the New Year as an opportunity to spring clean your home and get rid of anything you’re hoarding. Donate old clothes and shoes, clean out your pantry cupboards and chuck any expired toiletries.
“Clutter in your physical surroundings will clutter your mind and spirit”
ORGANIZE YOUR DIGITAL LIFE
Most of us use technology everyday so it’s super easy to reach our storage limit and clutter our files with documents that we no longer use. Spend an afternoon going through your computer and delete any unwanted files and back up important data onto a USB stick. Clear out your email inbox and unsubscribe from any lists that you no longer want.
Organize your phone too. Delete apps that are no longer used and get rid of photos and music that you no longer want. It’s amazing how much more storage space you’ll have once you clean up your devices.
CREATE A BUDGET
After an expensive festive period, most of us like to get our finances in order for the new year. Review your spending habits and see where you can cut down. Perhaps you eat out too often or are prone to buying too many planner goodies (guilty!). You don’t need to cut your favourite treats out but instead learn to set limits. Utilize your planner and use it help create a budget and track your spending: Use Your Planner To Track Your Finances.
What would you like to achieve in 2018? How do you envisage your life a year from now? Brainstorm some long-term goals and think about how you can break this down into smaller steps. For example, if your 12 month goal is to lose X amount of weight then stocking a healthy kitchen and attending a weekly Zumba class are small goals that can help that end goal seem more attainable.
It can be difficult to remain focused on long term goals so bring them closer to reality by breaking them down into manageable steps.