The new year is the perfect excuse to start fresh but that doesn’t mean you need to write off the end of 2018. There’s only about 6 weeks left until the new year and it’s around this time that most people decide to let themselves go and pick up the pieces in January, but now is the perfect time to get yourself prepared so you can hit the ground running in 2019. You can still get your A-Game on even if you’ve found this year to be challenging, and if you’ve had a great year so far, then finish stronger than you ever imagined!
The end of the year is a good time to check in with yourself and look at where you are right now and where you’re heading. What were your intentions at the start of 2018 and what are your intentions for 2019?
Even if you’re not where you want to be right now, that doesn’t mean you need to wait until 1 January to start over, you can start right now and come into the new year better than you planned.⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀
Start with your mindset
Be honest with yourself
Here are some questions to ask yourself which will help you get clear on how 2018 has been for you.
- What are you most proud of in 2018?
- What are your highlights from 2018?
- What projects have you completed in 2018?
- How have you allowed fear to hold you back in 2018?
- Where has self-doubt taken over?
- Where are you feeling stuck?
- Describe 2018 in a couple of words.
Accept that you are in control
When I’m having a bad day, I find it really easy to blame others for my circumstances. Work for example, I work full time and when I’m having a stressful day it’s easy to blame work for my circumstances. It’s easy to blame my 9-5 job as the reason why I don’t have enough time to work on my blog, to clean the house, to exercise or to cook healthy meals, but these thoughts are disempowering. Accept that you’re in control of your thoughts, your circumstances and your behaviour.
Here are some things in life which we DO have control over:
Work: We need to go to work to earn money but the choice to earn money is ultimately our decision. Yes is can be hard to find a new job but the effort we put into finding a new job is in our hands.
Exercise: We have complete control over how much we exercise. We may be limited through our responsibilities, as to what rimes we workout but ultimately it is our decision
Food: We choose what food we eat, we choose what food we cook, we choose whether we eat a balanced diet.
Friends: It can be difficult, very difficult to end toxic relationships but we can seek support and it is our choice who we are friends with.
Thoughts: You can change an entire situation by changing your thoughts, and you and only you are in control of your thoughts.
Are you holding any grudges right now? When you hold a grudge against someone, you are also hurting yourself. Wipe the slate clean and end the year by forgiving others. To forgive others you don’t necessarily need to announce to them or to anyone else that you forgive them, you simply need to let go of your grudge, because holding a grudge does not do well for your well-being.
Are you holding a grudge against yourself? You might not even realise that you’re holding a grudge against yourself. If 2018 hasn’t gone to plan, you blaming yourself for not trying hard enough or for failing at something? Are you still kicking yourself over that job interview which you didn’t get? Forgive yourself, no one holds you to such high standards as you do.
What can you do now to finish the year strong?
If you’re not sure where to start, take a look at each area of your life:
- Personal Growth
- Health, physical and mental
- Life goals / 2019 bucket list
Don’t wait until the new year, start now and boss the rest of 2018!
Are there any appointments which you’ve been procrastinating (like the dentist!) now is the time to book those appointments so they don’t hang over you in the new year.
Organise your photos
Firstly I’ll admit that I have over 1000 photos on my phone! So as I write this I’m also reminding myself to go through all of my photos, delete the ones which I don’t want and upload the others to my Google Drive. You can also upload to them places such as iCloud, Amazon Cloud and Drop Box. You can then delete those photos from your phone to save space and have peace of mind knowing that your memories are in a safe place.
Clean your inbox
Clean up your inbox by unsubscribing from those emails which you on longer want to receive, just find the ‘unsubscribe’ button at the bottom of the emails. Create sub folders for regular emails, for example some of my sub folders include ‘bloggers’ which emails from bloggers I love, ‘receipts’ for online shopping, ‘Ocado’ for my online food delivery receipts.
De-clutter your closet:
Let’s be honest, you know that you have items in your wardrobe that you’re never going to wear again. I recommend reading The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying* by
How will you boss the rest of 2018?