I can’t believe it’s almost the middle of November. Where does the time go? I feel like we should still be in March watching Tiger King and creating Tik Toks. As the new year approaches, and with the current climate, it’s important to set goals and reflect back over the last year.
As we only have less than two months left of 2020, I wanted to get some New Year Preparation in as there’s a lot to do! I’ve created a seven-step guide for you to follow to prepare for New Year.
Following these seven steps will set you up for the next year to ensure it’s bigger and better than the last.
Create a list of achievements from over the last year
People assume that new year preparation is always about change and improvement and of course that’s a part of it. But I like to take the time to reflect over the last year I’ve had and what I’ve accomplished.
Write down a list of things that you’ve done over the last year that you’re proud of. It’s important to celebrate yourself and the hurdles you have overcome.
Keep this list positive.
Since blogging, I have kept a to-do list and scored off things I’ve done. Looking back over this at the New Year to see just how much I’ve managed to do is an amazing feeling. Like a little reminder.
You got this!
List things you’ve learned over the last year – and things you would have done differently
Hindsight is a wonderful thing. Sometimes.
I’m not saying to look back and regret things you’ve done or wished you had done definitely. Let’s take a more positive approach to it.
If you think you could have handled a situation better, write it down. Write down what you should have done in preparation for the next time.
Stripping back situations and understanding where the reaction came from and learning to approach it differently is a great skill to have.
Learn from the mistakes that you’ve made because sadly we are all going to make them. A lot.
I keep a mental health journal. In this, I write down my thoughts and feelings when I’m anxious. What caused me to feel this way, how I felt physically. I then look back on this to see how I can prevent the same situation happening again. This is a really effective method for reducing my anxiety.
Clean out your wardrobe, say goodbye girl
If you’re a clothes hoarder like me, you’ll know this is difficult.
What if I need that top from six years ago that doesn’t fit me and has a hole in it…
Clean out your wardrobe and give yourself a fresh start. Also means you can do some shopping in the January sales to add some new items.
I’ve noticed this year that I’ve put on weight. Which is a great thing, I am extremely happy with my body so I’m very excited to clean out my wardrobe and get some new goodies to fill it up.
Journal (If you don’t already)
This is one of the main ones I would like to work on for my new year preparation. I go through phases of keeping a journal all the time to not at all.
I’ve tried to keep separate note pads for each part of my life.
- Mental Health-related
- SEO and blogging
I use these notepads for notes, struggles, goals and literally any tip I see. Working at home helps as these are accessible to me at all times, in case a brilliant idea pops in my head. If you’re out, create a notes folder on your phone so you can write it down and then transfer it to your journal.
I have all my note pads stored in my desk. Of course, you don’t need to have separate ones for each part of your life, but write down your feelings. Be honest with yourself.
I write EVERYTHING down because I can be very forgetful, take the time to write things down and this can be used for reflecting as well!
Prepare your finances for the next year
This is something I only started last year in my new year preparation. Crazy I’ve survived this long.
Create a simple spreadsheet and document your income along with outgoings. You’ll quickly realise what you’re wasting and what you can save.
This year this task is a little different for me as I will be going self-employed at the end of the year. This of course takes a LOT of planning. I have my work cut out for me.
It doesn’t need to be a formulated spreadsheet that’s pages long, something simple to budget and show how much you can save over the next twelve months.
This is great for goal planning. If you’re looking to invest, go on holiday or make a large purchase – this will help with the time scale and ensuring your goal is more accurate. (If it’s going to take five months or five years)
Look at your career? Are you happy?
This was something I did last year. In December 2019, I was really unhappy with my current job. I got my CV out there and decided to apply for some new jobs in December.
It’s never too late to change career. Create a spider diagram like below, list things you enjoy, what aspects of jobs have you enjoyed and be specific when looking. The positive thing about looking for a job when you have one is looking for something you really want instead of need.
When I originally left school, I left with the intention of becoming a professional dancer. Here I am six years later working in finance. How quickly things change!
Although I’m not in a role I want to be in forever, I know with hard work and commitment, I’ll be able to peruse my real passion, blogging.
Do not give up your dreams because they aren’t happening straight away, give it time.
Set goals for the future
Let’s start with personal goals.
These goals are for you and only you. I’ve listed some examples:
- Walk 20 minutes a day
- Improve your public speaking confidence
- Learn a new language
- Learn a new skill
- Improve your bedtime routine
Onto career goals, of course, these will be different for everyone, so I’ve decided to list blogging related goals:
- Reaching 10,000 readers a month – It’s been a dream of mine to get 50,000 readers as I can then apply for Mediavine, but being realistic, 10k is a good goal to set for next year.
- Having your content posted on a high authority website – After taking Mike’s SSS course, I have been working on getting my content linked on high-quality websites, still no luck but a goal for 2021.
- Collaborating with brands to create content – I have been collaborating with brands on my Instagram, but would like to do sponsored posts on my blog with brands I love.
- Reaching 1,000 people on your email list – As social media changes, it’s important to work on SEO and your email list. I want to build my email list so one thousand people, fingers crossed.
- Creating 3 pieces of content a week – Over the last two weeks, I have been trying to create two pieces of content a week, which so far is going well. I just need to be consistent. I want to them bump this up to three pieces a week.
My goal list for 2021 is… endless but I want to achieve as much as I can. With my motivation for blogging and Instagram, I hope to push myself to become a full-time blogger by next December.
A girl gotta dream.
New year preparation is important because it allows you to enter the new year right. On the other side of the coin, don’t let it get you down if you haven’t reached your goals or if your goals change.
Last year I spent new year with friends that I no longer speak to, I was in a job that I’m no longer in. I am even living somewhere different. A lot can change within a year.
I’m so excited to see what 2021 brings, roll on the new year.
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