There are just over 6 weeks left before we ring in 2019. The years seem to be going by faster and faster. I love a fresh start and new chapter, and that is always what the New Year feels like.
Did you accomplish what you were hoping to in 2018? Did it feel like just another year of the same thing? Did you make as many memories with your kids as you wanted to? Did you open that online shop? Did you take that trip? Did you sign up for that race?
In these last 6 weeks instead of focusing on what you didn’t do or take action on, turn your focus to what you can do RIGHT now, in this moment. You don’t need to wait for the clock to hit midnight in January, take one small step every day for the next 6 weeks to set you in to momentum for 2019.
Besides taking 1 step every day, start to plan for 2019. Here are 6 things you need to do to start off with the best year ever.
I’m talking about the shirt hanging in your closet you have not worn in 6 months but swear you will. I’m talking about the air fryer that you thought you had to have but now never use. I’m talking about the toys your kids have outgrown and you probably will never use again. Don’t forget old paperwork, bills, and manuals that you will never look at again. Pick one room a day, go in with two trash bags- one for donations and one for trash. Empty the cabinets, drawers and bins and be ruthless about what stays.
“Have nothing in your house that you do not know to be useful or believe to be beautiful.”
Get rid of digital clutter
Just like you decluttered your home, now is the time to clean up your digital world. Backup files, put all the pictures you took from the year in a 2018 folder and on to a separate hard drive, get rid of apps you never use, and delete music you never listen to. We often forget about our digital space and it can become very messy very fast.
Do the “back burner” tasks
There are things we are constantly putting on the back burner.
Haven’t been to the Dentist in 6 months? Make the appointment.
Need an oil change? Go do it.
Need to clean out the newborn clothing that doesn’t fit anymore? Find a bag and do it.
Need to get a new license? Drive to the DMV and get it done.
Don’t go into 2019 with a to do list of things that drag you down, bite the bullet and do all the things that annoy you and that you keep putting off.
Grab your favorite coffee or tea, take a blank piece of paper or your computer, and find a quiet cozy place to sit. Reflect on 2018-
What were the highlights?
What were the hard parts?
What habits did you have this year?
What areas did you spend the most time focusing on (work, family, relationships, friends, finances, self?)
What goals or intentions did you start the year with?
What goals or intentions did you reach?
If you had a word for the year, how did it play into your life?
Create a 2019 plan
Sometimes we don’t know what we need to work on or change until we see it written out. Remember those habits you just reflected on? Which ones do you want to carry over with you into 2019, what new ones do you want to form?
What goals do you have next year? Think about the areas of work, finances, relationships, family, business, and personal goals. Start by writing any thoughts you have on these areas and then refine those thoughts into clear set goals for 2019.
Maybe the reason you haven’t seen progress in certain areas and why 2018 felt just like 2017 and 2017 felt just like 2016 is because life is happening to you not for you. Don’t be a passerby in your own life, take control, make the changes, and set clear & focused intentions.
While your at it, update or create that vision board. Seeing your goals and intentions in a visual form has been proven to help make you more successful.
A simple but powerful way to end. Get a new notebook or journal. Start with a clear slate. Either ask for one for Christmas or go buy one at Target. There is something powerful about starting a new year with a fresh notebook.