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New Year Planning Tips

New Year Planning Tips

Are you looking to start the New Year off on the right foot? Planning is a great way to ensure you make the most of your time and achieve your goals. In this article, we’ll discuss some New Year planning tips for planning out the New Year. These tips will help you get organized and achieve your goals. So read on to learn more!

 

New Year Planning Tips

 

Planning for the new year can be difficult, but here are some ways to make it easier.

Set aside time on your own or with your partner to assess what has worked well for you in the past year. Also, consider what could be improved and how you could do things differently.

Putting all these goals down on paper will make them feel more natural and achievable. Or you can use a planning tool like Trello. If you have trouble sticking to your goals, try setting smaller ones that you can achieve in a shorter period.

 

The Setup

 

  1. Write Your Goals Down
  2. Start Travel Planning
  3. Learn Something New
  4. Get Fighting Fit
  5. Focus on Healthy Eating
  6. Declutter Your Closet and Home
  7. Make your New Year Resolutions List
  8. Apply the Pareto Principle
  9. Financial Planning
  10. Consider your Relationships

 

Planning, Planning, Planning

 

Consider your Relationships

Think about your romantic and friendship goals. What do you want to achieve with the people in your life? How can you better those relationships in the new year?

Do you want more friends this year than last year? Are there some existing friends that you’d like to see more of? Maybe your goal is to date more. Whatever your relationship goals are, write them down.

 

Financial Planning

First, consider your finances and what you want to do with them in the new year. Plan your finances for the upcoming year by making a budget and sticking to it.

This will help you stay on top of what you have going out and what is coming in. If you use cash, make sure that there are enough bills available so that spending cannot continue without replenishing funds from somewhere else (i.e., your bank account).

Start a savings account and make transfers to it automatic. Keep track of your investments with a calendar or spreadsheet.

Do you need a new credit card? What about investing in stocks or bonds? Anything can help you move forward with your financial goals.

 

 

Apply the Pareto Principle

According to the Pareto Principle, 20% of your activities will give you 80% of your satisfaction. It’s also known as the 80/20 rule and holds that 20% of efforts give 80% of results.

You might wonder how this applies to things to do for the New Year – well, the rule can be used for almost any element of your life. You can even apply this principle to friendships. Spend the most time with those who make you the happiest.

Not advocating cutting out all those who don’t fall into this category but simply focusing on those who are the most enthusiastic about meeting up with you and who contribute equally to the friendship.

 

Lists are your Best Friend

 

Make your New Year Resolutions List

It’s tricky changing old habits and sticking to new ones. If you write a list of negatives you’re not allowed to do, such as eating sugar, you may be setting yourself up for failure.

Instead, create a list of positives you want to achieve, such as drinking water 30 minutes before meal times. Try to make SMART goals – i.e., those that are Specific, Measurable, Achievable, Relevant, and Timely.

Tell a few close friends about your goals so they can hold you accountable. Studies have shown that we’re far more likely to stick to a resolution when we’ve mentioned it to other people.

It’s generally best to set one resolution and stick to that rather than a whole host of goals. Reward yourself when you reach certain milestones (i.e., if you write ten pages in one night, reward yourself with an hour of TV).

One thing you might do is to put yourself number one on the priority list. We’ve found that this works great, especially if you always put yourself last.

 

Declutter Your Closet and Home

Now is the perfect time to start planning if you want to move in the new year. Look at different neighborhoods and what might be available there.

If you want to stay put but want to make changes around the house, start thinking about what those changes might be. Are there things around the house that need fixing up? Are there any big-ticket items you need to invest in for the New Year, such as a laptop or flat-screen TV?

Assess how often you use each item in your possession. For example, you probably wear around 20% of your wardrobe most of the time. Therefore, consider decluttering your closet and keeping only the most frequently worn items. It’s a similar principle for your home and if you find getting rid of things difficult, ask yourself whether an item is beautiful or valuable. Do it the Marie Kondo way. You have to love it, or it goes.

If it’s neither and you haven’t used it in at least six months, then let it go. Charity shops will welcome objects in good condition, and old CDs or books can usually be donated to a local library.

 

Education of the Fittest

 

Focus on Healthy Eating

Are you getting your five a day – the minimum recommended intake of fruit and vegetables? It can be challenging to fit so many in, but we have a few suggestions that may help.

Rustle up healthy and delicious juice drinks to start the day right. Why not try a new fruit or vegetable every so often too? There is always something new showing up at the grocery store.

If you find it hard to resist temptation when eating out, go to restaurants that only serve healthy food until you’ve achieved your ideal weight.

 

Get Fighting Fit

Are you planning to lose weight or gain muscle in the new year? You need a plan for that, too!

It’s a popular time of year to join a gym but first, ask yourself if that’s your favorite form of exercise. You’re more likely to stick to something that you enjoy.

Dance classes such as Zumba are another excellent option for getting fit; they burn many calories too. If you like being outdoors, consider cycling, running, or a boot camp.

Break your goal down into small, achievable steps for the best chance of success. For example, if you’ve always dreamed of running a marathon, start alternating walking and running over short distances before working your way uphill sprints to build up endurance.

 

Learn Something New

Seize the New Year by planning to learn a new skill. There are lots of resources online. Google is your best friend – remember that!

Try out a musical instrument, a new language, or a sporting skill; trying something new will energize you for the whole year. Additional benefits may include making new friends, getting fitter, or increasing concentration.

 

The Groundwork

Start Travel Planning

It is also an excellent time to plan your travel for the year. If you want to go on a couple of trips, make sure that you save up now. There are many great deals if you book in advance, and some airlines offer significant discounts when tickets are bought well in advance.

Do you have any trips already planned? You’ll also want to consider if any places might be off-limits because of political unrest or travel restrictions.

Whether you prefer to use a printed or online calendar, we suggest inputting key dates first, like personal vacations and school holidays.

With careful planning, you can maximize your time away by booking off dates on either side of some national holidays. Reserve the flights and accommodation as soon as possible, since they’re likely expensive at these peak periods.

Think about the trips you’d like to make in the next couple of months – skiing is a must for all winter sports fans. If there’s a bucket list destination that you’re keen to travel to, start saving all articles about it that you can find online.

One of the best ways to do so is on Pinterest, a goldmine of information for travel planning.

 

Write Your Goals Down

So, each evening, jot down what you want to achieve the next day. It helps to focus the mind. Don’t beat yourself up if your goals slip from time to time but give yourself a small reward each time you achieve one.

In addition, write out your goals for the next 12 months and post them somewhere visible so you’ll be reminded of them every day.

 

In Conclusion:

New Year Planning Tips

Achieving personal goals in the New Year is easier if you start planning for them now. The New Year isn’t the only time to make resolutions.

This should be a year-round process of taking stock of your life and planning how you want things to go. You don’t have to do all these essential tasks at once – take one step at a time.

Remember that it’s okay if things don’t go according to plan – keep moving forward! Also, be patient – it takes time to achieve your goals!

We hope you’ve found these suggestions for planning for the New Year helpful. Here’s to a fantastic year ahead. What are you planning for the New Year?

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Getting Comfortable with Change

Getting Comfortable with Change

Getting Comfortable with Change

 

Today’s article is about getting comfortable with change. So hang onto your hats because it’s a good one. Dealing with a change in your life can be downright uncomfortable. Don’t you agree? I mean the larger the change, the more uncomfortable you will feel. Although these feelings are completely normal, there are several ways you can help yourself become more comfortable with change. I’ll explain below.

Change

Let Go Of Past Convictions

 

If you face a big change, you’re going to have to let go of the way things were before. Whether this is how you used to do things or the way you used to think about something. Either way, you will be unable to embrace and be comfortable with your current change if you are still worried about something which happened in the past. It’s time to let go.

 

Decide Where You Want To Go

 

Time and time again, studies have shown that there is power behind visualization and positive convictions. And this most certainly applies in times of change. If you decide you will be comfortable with the change, no matter what may come your way, that is likely how things will go.

 

Know What Makes You Happy

 

In times of stress, it is important to know yourself and how best to release your stress. If you are facing an especially uncomfortable part of a change, it can help you do something you do find comfort in to lessen the feeling of discomfort. For example, if you like to run and have just moved to a new city, consider going out for a run in your new location to increase your comfort levels.

 


Happiness

 

Learn To Adapt

 

This may seem like a given, but part of becoming comfortable with change is learning to expect things to change.  Be ready to assimilate yourself into these changes. The change will seem much less drastic when you mentally prepare yourself for it. You can help increase your adaptability by spending time in meditation and visualizing possible changes that could come.

 

It could also help you have backup plans for yourself. So if something fails on the first try, you have a backup plan in the meantime until you try again. Just knowing you have a backup plan will feel a bit like a safety net, helping you feel more confident and comfortable when changes inevitably come.

 

Overall, change is uncomfortable, but you can help increase your comfort level by learning to let go, knowing where you want to be, and the things in life which make you happy. Change is inevitable, so increase your comfort with change by learning to adapt and prepare for it.

 

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How to Let Go of your Past

How to Let Go of your Past

Letting go of your past to move on is often easier said than done. Besides just enabling you to move forward, there are many other reasons why you must let go of past events. Because with a past weighing you down, you’ll never be able to greet the future with open arms. This article will help you to figure out how to let go of your past.

 

The Past is The Past – It Ended

 

First and foremost, you need to let go of the past because it is just that, the past. If you spend time and mental energy thinking about things that have happened or events you wished you could have prevented, this is valuable energy wasted. Instead of putting this energy into your future goals, you are putting them into something that will never change.

 

And if you spend too much time worrying about the past, you may soon find you’ve wasted away the present as well.

 

Dwelling On The Past Will Only Hurt Your Outlook

 

If there’s something in the past you are specifically dwelling on, that’s likely because it was a situation that caused you a large amount of stress or sadness. And you may not realize it, but inviting these memories into your mind is inviting these negative emotions back into your life.

As long as these emotions cloud your judgment, it will be difficult for you to look forward with optimism. This is a key part of achieving your future success.

 

You Are Not Your Past – It’s Over

 

The things which may have happened previously in your life may have shaped who you are today. But you must remember you are not these experiences. Your mind created any attachment you have to these past events. They will continue to hold you back as long as you let them. How to let go of your past is crucial to understand because if you don’t, your life could just pass you by with you going nowhere.

 

Cut the ties today and commit to a new life unattached to what may have happened in your past.

 

Ready to Be Finished?  

Letting go of the past and committing to move forward is never the easy option. If it were, everyone would do it. But it is impossible to go towards a positive future without also having a positive attitude and outlook on life. And holding on to your past will inhibit you from doing so.

 

So, if you want to be successful in the future, take the first step by committing to letting go of your past today. You will feel so much better after you accept the fact that you need to do this to move forward.

How To Get Into a Mindset Ready For Change

How To Get Into a Mindset Ready For Change

How to Get into a Mindset Ready for Change

 

Changes, no matter how minor, can be an extremely difficult part of life. But if you know that changes are coming (and they always are), there are ways in which you can adjust your mindset. You will need to prepare yourself for these changes.  So, in today’s article How to Get into a Mindset Ready for Change, we are going to discuss a few methods on how you can get ready for the changes to come.

 

First, Let The Past Go

 

If you are holding on to something, or someone in your past, it will be impossible to meet the future with open arms. And since you never know when it may be time to change, make it a practice to let go of things that regularly negatively impact your life. That way, you will be able to adequately embrace change when it does arrive.

 

Stay Curious Mentality

 

Never be afraid to ask questions. And keep your mind open when you get answers. By questioning the things around you, you engage your critical thinking skills, which may be required when you make a change. Staying curious is best done by asking “what-if” questions about any situation you may encounter.

 

Have Backup Plans

 

A lot of people think having a backup plan is not having confidence in yourself. And this isn’t entirely true. Although you should never plan to use your backup plans, you should still have them. Creating scenarios when things may go wrong engages the same critical thinking skills listed above. And having these critical thinking skills can help you better anticipate problems or issues. This makes changes much easier to embrace.

 

Look For Inspiration

 

If you are going through every day on autopilot when change happens, it will likely shock you. You won’t know how to respond. On the flip side, if you are constantly looking for ways in which your life will change, you can expect one of two things. When it does change, you will be more prepared to handle whatever is coming your way. And two, even if it changes in a way you didn’t expect. One of the best ways to look for inspiration is just by looking within yourself during a period of meditation or visualization.

If you want to be ready and prepared to meet whatever change comes your way, you must get into the proper mindset now. You can get yourself in this mindset by leaving the past behind, remaining curious, looking for inspiration, and by having backup plans. All of these combined will help clear your mind and prepare your critical thinking skills to conquer the unknown.

 

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A New Beginning

A New Beginning

Tips On Embracing New Beginnings

 

A new beginning can be challenging and stressful, especially if you start over in a new location or a new profession. Although there isn’t any way to make these changes easier, below are some tips to help you conquer and embrace your new beginning.

First Principles – Break It Down

 

Just like breaking a large goal down into smaller ones can help it feel more accomplishable, so too can breaking down a big change make it more manageable. If you are moving, see if you can break your move into three days. Or maybe you spend the day before setting up the utilities at the new place, and that way, when you are tired from moving your stuff the next day, everything is already ready to go.

 

Find A Support System – Your Foundation

 

Whether it’s a new job or a new city, make sure you have a support system. Even if they aren’t nearby, just having someone you can call with weekly updates can do wonders for managing your stress level.

You can also build a new support system wherever you are going. If you are new to a job, they will often have a designated new hire person you can go to with questions. Maybe see if you can exchange numbers and grab a coffee. You never know who could end up being a great new friend!

 

Have A Role Model

 

It can be important to have a role model for especially drastic changes, maybe someone who has made a similar move and thrived from it. This doesn’t have to be someone famous; it could even just be a family member. But whenever you are stressed about your big change, remember how your model handled it. You definitely don’t want your new beginning to be stressful.

Enjoy Yourself – Follow Your Heart

 

Most of all, don’t forget to have fun! This is a new beginning, and no matter what has changed in your life, there are likely to be a few growing pains. So, embrace all the new fun things, and learn to laugh at yourself when you make mistakes. It’s all part of the process! And if you tell yourself you will enjoy your change, chances are you will.

 

New beginnings can be a drastic change for anyone, but there are several things you can do to embrace and make the most of them. Just remember to break the change down, reference your support system or role model, and have fun! Before you know it, the new beginning will be your amazing new normal.

 

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