I’ve been getting myself ready for the new year even though we haven’t reached Christmas yet.
I really want to get my head screwed on for 2020 so I can make it a true fresh start – it is the start of a new decade after all!
To get myself into the place I want to be when January hits, there are some small things I have been doing over the past few weeks. I mentioned in my last post that I have been coming up with some ideas for resolutions and goals that I’m going to be focusing on in the coming year (these will be explored in a later post, don’t worry).
In order to make these things more achievable and keep my motivation up before the slump of January, I have been getting myself prepared in small ways.
Here are some of the things I have been doing over the past couple of weeks and will continue to do so to get myself in the right head space for the new year:
1. DECLUTTER AND ORGANISE
I have spoken a lot on this blog about how much I like to have a tidy space. It makes me feel in control and more productive when the space around me is tidy.
In order to get myself ready for the fresh start of 2020 and in the right head space for my upcoming goals, I have been doing some minor decluttering and organising.
Now, I’m a big fan of decluttering and it is something I try to do on a regular basis.
The other afternoon I took a couple of hours to focus on my wardrobe. I spent the time going through my clothes, reorganising them on the rails so I can actually see what I have, and getting rid of some things that I’ve been meaning to for a while now.
If you don’t know where to start when it comes to decluttering or feel like you just don’t have the time for it right now then start small. Spend half an hour one evening going through your sock drawer and getting rid of those that don’t have a match or those with holes in.
Taking some time to go through the things you own is a great way to take stock of what you will be going into the new year with and making sure that your space works for you.
2. WORKBOOKS AND JOURNALING
If you want to set some resolutions or intentions for the new year, now is a great time to do it.
I have been taking some time to journal and brainstorm some ideas when it comes to what I want to achieve in 2020 and the things I’m going to focus on.
A massive helper for me during this time is Muchelle B’s workbooks surrounding an intentional life. You can check out the playlist here, but Michelle has come up with a comprehensive guide to intentional living and has made it really easy for everyone to come up with achievable goals for the future.
Spending some time to reflect on the past 12 months and work through my own personal values has been such an important thing for me over the last few weeks.
In order to achieve the things I want in 2020 I need to have a solid reason behind it and I need to know myself enough to keep things attainable.
Before the rush of Christmas, try to take even ten minutes at the end of the week to brainstorm some reflections and ideas about what you want out of life. Think back on 2019 and what has worked for you so you know roughly what you want to keep doing in the next decade.
3. BEING GRATEFUL
There is no denying that 2019 has been yet another year of highs and lows, but now that it’s coming to an end I can look back fondly.
No matter what has happened or what you have done throughout the past 12 months, you will have learnt from it. All of the good and bad things that may have happened will have worked their way into your physique to make changes for the better.
You’ll have heard that we learn from our mistakes and this is the mindset I am trying to keep with me as I say goodbye to 2019.
I have learnt a lot during this year, from both the good and bad side of the spectrum, and in order to keep things positive I’m trying to be grateful for it all.
I just don’t want to go into the holiday festivities with a negative mindset, no matter how hard they may be. This year is just another in what I hope to be a collection of many more throughout my life and with each one I’m one step closer to the person I’m meant to be.
Try to be grateful for everything that 2019 has thrown at you, no matter what that may be. At the end of the day, you survived everything that happened over the past 12 months and I know that you’ll be all the more stronger for it.
Here’s to a prosperous 2020 for us all!
How are you preparing for the new year?