Apart from December's cold weather and overspending at Christmas, we have the lovely treat of entering into a New Year. Often, before it arrives, we think of what we want to achieve. It could be moving house, losing weight, changing careers...either way, we have all sorts of plans.
Only thing is, even though we have these plans by the time January 1st arrived, it was too cold to even think about them; or, you're bogged down with the tidying up, to even remember where you put that New Year's goal list. Let's not forget, that to even dare to think about going back to work completely ruined any day.
The harsh reality is, we have to return to work and the 'same routine' from last year can easily creep into the New Year. It can even go unnoticed until February. Making a brief plan now, so those New Year's Resolutions are not lost by 2nd January is definitely the way to go.
It's important to plan ahead to achieve any goal but early December is considered the best time for what you want to achieve in the New Year. Most people already have an idea what they want, so plan ahead for the New Year now, before December escapes you...Here's my top ten tips for planning for the New Year...
1. PURCHASE A DIARY
Get a new diary. Step into the New Year with the intention of being pre-planned, productive and purposeful.
2. BOOK A SELF DEVELOPMENT WORKSHOP/COURSE
Book this in December ahead of the New Year. It will keep you focused and you can affirm it as the first entry in your new diary! Even if a motivational workshop is not your bag, you'll still meet some interesting and forward-thinking people.
3. CHOOSE A MOTIVATIONAL/INSPIRATIONAL BOOK
Choose a book that will challenge your thinking and encourage personal development. There are so many to choose from, I'm sure you will find one that suits you.
I know it's an expectation to have this in every New Year's Resolutions post. However, my advice is not about making sure you exercise, my suggestion is to make sure you have an exercise plan! For example, know your fitness goal and when you want to achieve it. How often will you exercise? What exercises will you do? Are you going to join the gym? Use home DVDs? Go to group fitness clubs?
'Exercise' is always a New Year's Resolution favourite, yet, many people fundamentally leave out the detail of how they will stick to their plan. Considering this before the New Year will stand you in good stead for achieving a fitness goal. If you need any support with this, see below.
5. HAVE 'ME TIME'
Think about and plan what you are going to do for yourself in the New Year. It's important that we treat ourselves, whether that's booking a massage, having a 3 course meal, writing in a journal...Whatever it is you enjoy, make sure you set time aside to do just that!
6. TIDY UP
No one wants to enter the New Year with clutter. Sort out those letters, wash the laundry, clear the 'man draw' and start the year fresh and raring to go!
7. CREATE A 'I WILL DO' LIST
Think of what you didn't achieve this year and put it on a 'I Will Do... List.' Make a concerted effort to complete everything! You've got a whole year to do what you've put off for too long. Just REACH FOR IT. GET IT! If you're feeling adventurous, try and tick off the list before January and start a New Year with a blank canvas! Click the image below to see how we can help you.
8. CONSIDER OR BOOK YOUR HOLIDAY
We all need something to look forward to and having an idea of where you want to go and when, will start this process. Pencil it in your diary. When the New Year arrives, you can start your search looking for your holiday destination in more detail, best times to book, considerations for the best locations etc.
9. MAKE A 'MY ACHIEVEMENTS' LIST
Make a list of everything you have achieved this year. Although you may have a 'I Will Do List' lurking, that doesn't mean you have not achieved anything for the whole year. Take some time to consider what you have achieved. I would even go as far as saying, buy yourself a present as your reward! This task will give you some perspective and context for the year ahead, therefore making your New Year's Resolutions relevant and centralised.
10. HAVE A FINANACIAL PLAN
Consider your current financial status. Get your credit score. Look over your bank statements and take stock of your spending habits. Then, decide your financial goal/s for the year ahead. Similar to the exercise plan (point 4), make sure you consider the details of how you will achieve it.
There are of course many other things you could do to prepare for a New Year but these 10 steps will certainly get you started. You could try working through this list 10-15 minutes a day. You will be surprised it will be completed in no time! Be conscious about how you use your time, for example, when in a waiting room, use your phone to make a list of your achievements, or, when on a lunch break, buy your diary, browse the holiday shops etc. Eventually, you will tick off all 10 steps and be ready and prepared for the New Year ahead. Good Luck!
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