I love the holidays for many reasons. One of them is the promise of new beginnings and having the opportunity to evaluate my life. With a few days left till the beginning of 2021, I would like to share 4 practices that I try my best to keep as I approach a new year. If properly done, these will enhance your productivity and ensure that you have a smooth transition into the New Year.
1. Declutter your home
Go through your home bit by bit and see what you no longer need. There are various ways to go about this. You can start with one room at a time, or do the 30 days of minimalism for the whole of January. Keep only that which you absolutely need and get rid of excess baggage that you may have been carrying around for years. For more on the 30 days of minimalism, see this post from Pick up Limes, a blogger/YouTuber, and download her guide: https://www.pickuplimes.com/single-post/2017/11/05/30-days-to-minimalism-printable-guide
2. Organize your thoughts and write them down
I try to do this often, not just at the beginning or end of the year. Sit in silence, take a notebook and pen and write down anything that comes to mind. The purpose for this exercise is that it gives you insight into the thoughts that perhaps you have been putting off and the thoughts occupying your mind at the present moment. It helps you “empty your consciousness onto paper”. Read through your write-up and organize your thoughts into to-do’s.
Take time to reflect on the year that is coming to an end and take note of the top things that you are grateful for. I prefer and recommend writing them on a notebook. This will shift your perspective on things and help you to have a more positive outlook.
4. Set Goals
Set aside time to sit and really think about what you want to accomplish in the coming year. Imagine that it is December 31st of the coming year and you are at a New Year’s party with close friends and family and you make this statement, “This has been my best year yet!” What needs to happen for the coming year to be your best year yet? Write it down and break it into actionable steps that you can take. Let your imagination run free and wild with no limitations. For yearly goals, I recommend that you set 7 to 10 goals. Setting too many goals in itself can be a hindrance to achieving anything.
Lastly, keep in mind that you can have your new beginnings at any time. You don’t have to do these at the end of the year or the beginning. Edit your life frequently and ruthlessly, it is your masterpiece after all. If you read this post much later in the year, don’t be afraid to take these steps or to start over. Now go forth and have your best year yet!
By Wanjiru Muhoro | Writer