Do you remember getting new school supplies as a child? There was something about that brand new notebook with its papery smell. It was completely empty and waiting to be filled. I feel that way every January. There’s a brand new year before me. I get a fresh start and a new chance to focus my thoughts and accomplish my goals!
I always spend the week between Christmas and New Year’s Day reflecting on the old year and getting focused on the new one! It feels good to enter a new year with a plan for success! That’s why I’m sharing my favorite suggestions for how to get ready for the new year.
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Spend some time thinking about what worked this year and what did not work. Think about what your focus will be for the new year. What do you want to accomplish? What are your goals? Do you want to spend more time with family? Would you like to learn a new hobby? Do you want to advance your career?
After some thought, you should have a clear direction for the new year. Many people choose ONE WORD to represent the new year. Some popular words are REST, JOY, BRAVE, LOVE, SIMPLIFY, and CONTENT. Maybe one of those words describes your focus for the new year. If not, find a word to signify what you want to focus on in the new year.
2. Write it down.
Writing things down helps me to clearly focus on what’s important. That’s why I make a list of my goals and prioritize them. This year, I’m writing everything down in a planner that focuses on setting (and achieving) goals. I’ve chosen the Recollections Goal Spiral Planner. It’s an undated planner with monthly and weekly calendars, stickers, a pocket folder, and a zip pocket. (It’s pictured below along with some of the other supplies that I’m using.)I’ve never used a planner before, but I’ve finally realized that I’ve been missing out! There are tons of planners out there, so you can find one that specifically meets your needs. Plus, there are so many fun planner accessories, such as stickers, pens, clips, washi tape, and more. I’m excited that I can use my current stash of scrapbooking and paper-crafting stickers, stamps, and pens to decorate my planner.
I’ve spent some time this week getting my planner ready for the new year. Since my planner focuses on goals, there are pages to fill out about what my goals are and how I plan to achieve them. There’s even a place to create a vision board inside the planner. (A vision board is filled with pictures and phrases that represent how you want to feel and what you want to achieve.) I’m excited about using a planner this year. I think I’ll enjoy the creative aspect of it. And, hopefully, that will keep me motivated!
(In case you’re interested, here are the names of the planner and supplies listed above: Recollections Goal Spiral Planner, Paper-Mate Flair Pens, Me & My Big Ideas Create 365 Watercolor Stickers, Recollections Holiday Stickers, and Dayspring Calendar Stickers for Reminders and Planners.)
3. Figure out HOW to meet your goals.
Now that you’ve decided what you want to accomplish in the new year, it’s time to brainstorm for solutions. Exactly how will you achieve your goals? What steps should you take? What supplies do you need? Plan ahead and prepare to meet your goals by researching and getting the things you need to succeed. Move past the thinking stage. Go ahead and physically gather the necessary supplies.
Here are some examples:
Goal: Cook healthier meals. Solution: Go ahead and search your cookbooks (or the internet) for healthy recipes. Put the recipes in a binder or somewhere that you can access them easily on busy weeknights.
Goal: Read more books. Solution: Devise a list of books to read. Ask friends for suggestions or search the internet. Go ahead and load some books on your Kindle or E-reader.
Goal: Be more encouraging to others. Solution: Buy some pretty notecards so you’ll be ready to send a note when someone needs a kind word.
Once the year starts, I seem to get so busy with work, home, and family. That’s why I like to prepare ahead of time by gathering the things that will help me meet my goals. You probably won’t achieve your goals if you don’t have a plan in place!
I hope you’ve enjoyed my suggestions for getting ready for a new year. If you’d like to share something you do to prepare for the new year, please leave a comment. I’d love to hear from you!