Okay we know 2020 sucked in so many ways, but let’s let it be a year full of lessons, full of eye opening lessons. There’s no telling what 2021 will bring, but I feel like we have every reason to try and make the most of whatever that is. Pandemic or not, you are still another year older, your babies are another year older, and that’s just going to keep happening. You aren’t getting this time back so you can’t just throw in the towel and wait to do life until this thing is ‘over’, whatever that will mean…
Here’s my tips on how to prepare for a new year!
Take down Christmas // I know it’s common to leave it up until New Years, and this brings you joy, then go for it. But I like to take down Christmas early and have time to clean and reorganize my house before the New Year starts! It feels so good to start a new year fresh and clean, instead of still having last year’s to dos.
Audit your year. I learned this one from Rachel Hollis, and I think it’s a great yearly practice. Basically, you go through your calendar and your photo reel and texts and emails for the year and write down the things you loved doing and want to do more of, the things you never want to do again, the things that you learned from, etc. It’s a great awareness and mindfulness activity to help you know what you want to do more of this coming year.
Rest and reflection. Take some time to really rest and do some self care and reflection. Look inward and find what you need to change and what needs to continue to grow this coming year.
Goals list and word of the year instead of a resolution. I started doing this in 2020, and while I didn’t achieve everything on that list, it helped guide and keep focus. A word of the year is a great theme or running reminder that sets the tone. The goals list allows you to get specific in the things you want for the year, rather than a broad resolution to “be healthier”. You can see my 2020 goals list here.
Get a calendar, planner, notebook that will help you stay on top of things! I got a simple wall calendar from the Target dollar spot for $3, and I’m still debating on a planner. I have used Erin Condren planners in the past and love the way they are layed out. Last year I used a simple one I found at Michaels, and I don’t know if it was the planner or 2020, but it didn’t get used. I found this gorgeous planner company called Golden Coil that is totally customizable and I feel like that might be the best bet for actually using the thing this year! I also love using Google Calendar! I love that you can create different categories and color coding, and that it’s easily editable and shareable! It really doesn’t matter what you use, as long as it’s something that will work for you and that you will use!
Other planners I love:
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