Here we are, the last blog post of 2015. This year has been an incredible one, and it’s hard for me to believe we’re already at the end of it. It seems not that long ago, I was sitting down in January, excited to start the year, meet new goals and take on new challenges.
Suddenly, we’re at the end of December, and I’ve done my prep work for the year that awaits, beginning just a few days from now.
I don’t know what 2015 was like for you. I pray it was blessed, exciting, and full of personal and professional growth. I know many of you struggled, though, and may be anxiously awaiting the start of a new year, holding on to hope it will be far different from what this year was for you. Whichever scenario captures the year you had, I want to encourage you in making 2016 awesome.
Here are some tips to help you get the new year off on the right foot:
1. A Place For Everything
Don’t start the new year buried under the mess and disorder of this year. Clean your piles, sort your papers, and make sure you don’t have any “homeless” supplies lying around. It’s easiest to keep things in order when everything has a designated place. Your writing utensils should be in the same accessible spot. Your notebooks, post-it pads, printer paper, etc. should all be in the same location.
Always (always!) put your notebook back in the same spot when you’re done using it. There is sometimes nothing worse than losing your most used notebook (your brain on paper) after you’ve taken copious notes and somehow misplaced it. It’s harder to lose things when they have a home, and you put them in their home as soon as you’re done using them. Gather everything together, and put it in a practical place where you can access it and remember where it is. You want to make your supplies work for you, not spend your time searching for them when you need them most.
It’s harder to lose things when they have a home, and you put them in their home as soon as you’re done using them. Gather everything together, and put it in a practical place where you can access it and remember where it is. You want to make your supplies work for you, not spend your time searching for them when you need them most.
2. Get In The Habit
Routines aren’t always easy to come by, but they’re worth it to stick to. If you can train your brain to work during your most optimal work times, train your body to exercise during the time of day that gives you the most energy, eat regular meals during your day, and maximize the budgeting of your time, your year will thank you for it!
It’s so crucial to manage how you spend your time rather than wondering where it all went. Write down everything you need to do in a day, and slot it in an appropriate time slot. I start my mornings early so I can spend time with my family in the evenings. I try to keep a schedule so I’m not rushing around last minute trying to take care of multiple items at the same time. I don’t let my laundry distract me between the hours of 6 a.m. and noon. (Well, technically it distracts me every time I walk by, but I don’t start doing laundry when I’ve scheduled myself to be working!)
Get in the habit of scheduling your days, and making sure to include time to take care of yourself, and I promise you, you’ll be off to making next year awesome!
3. Remember (& Recite) Affirmations
“Whether you believe you can or you can’t, you’re right.” There will be bad days. Weeks. Months, even. It’s important to remember, however, that the sun will shine again. You have capabilities, gifts, and talents no one else has. You have insight, skill and input to offer that no one else possesses. You have vision. Don’t lose sight of it.
Every day, start off believing the best. About yourself, about your work, about your calling – and about your situation. Believe the best. Tell yourself (out loud…I know it’s awkward, but do it anyway) how you’re going to win. Overcome. Succeed. Remind yourself of your strengths. Your gifts. Remember what sets you apart. Remember your “why”.
What are your favorite scriptures? Quotes? Song lyrics?
When you focus on the positive possible, you inch yourself closer and closer to the positive reality. This is not a one-and-done practice. This is a regimen you’ll need to regularly revisit. Remember and recite (often!) affirmations to yourself…. and believe them.
There will be things you’ll try. Things you’ll love. Things you’ll hate. Things you’ll succeed in, and things you’ll fail in. Whatever the case may be for the extras you throw into 2016, make these three things your constants. Stick with a place, a plan, and a purpose, and you’re well on your way to making next year awesome.
Happy new year, everybody!