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5 Ways to Prepare for the New Year



It's the last week of 2021, you want to get yourself in a position for success for 2022 but don't know where to start, and your mind has decided to put itself on airplane mode. Thankfully I'm here to share five things I'm personally doing to prepare for the coming year. Hopefully you find these useful and at the very worst I hope they can at least inspire you to create your own strategies to prepare for the year. What are we waiting for? Let's get right into it!


GOAL SETTING





You can't be successful if you don't know what direction to head in. Preparing for the coming year without having goals in mind is like driving at night with your lights off. My personal recommendation is setting 3-5 main goals to achieve by the end of the year (2022). This can be anything from professional to personal. Here are some ideas to help you with your brainstorming process:


- Save 10% of total income

- Achieve a blue belt rank in Brazilian Jiujitsu

- Run 730 miles by the end of the year

- Meditate twice a week for at least 10 minutes each time


One thing I want to point out in these examples is how specific they are. The more specific, the better. Having goals that are too broad can make them seem unachievable, overwhelming, and over all complicate your path to achieving them. When you are specific with the goals you set you can orient your year in a manner to eat at each goal in small bites so that by the end of the year you can proudly announce that you have achieved all you wanted and more!


DECLUTTER YOUR LIFE


If there's one thing we all struggle with now is too much of everything. Notifications. Applications. Emails. Yada Yada Yada. This can weigh us down and affect our productivity without even knowing it. This is why I've gone ahead and have decluttered many aspects of my life such as:


- Emails

- Phone:

- I've gone to my app list and deleted any apps I've hardly used over the past year

- Clothes:

- I've gone through my entire wardrobe and have gotten rid of anything I no longer fit in or wear.

- Contacts:

- I've deleted enough contacts so that my contact list is limited to 400 on my phone (which full transparency, I still think is too much but this is all my brain can manage at the moment haha).





After you finish with this step you'll feel so much better once your eyes see how much space you've opened up in your phone, house/apartment, etc.


PREPARE A PLANNER


A planner is a piece of equipment I adopted when I went to college and I have fallen in love with it ever since. It has helped me organize my life so that I can fit in so much more into my days than my pre-planner days.


I always buy a planner before the end of the year so that I can prepare my planner for the following year. In my planner I include the birthday's of my loved ones (It's so awkward when you miss their birthday's so I try to prevent that), important dates, the goals that I mentioned above, and anything else you may find useful.




I have a personal brand that I have stuck with for the past four years that I'd be more than glad to share with you all but I'll only do that if someone leaves a comment that they're interested in so you don't think I'm trying to sell you anything.


VISION BOARD




Manifestation is still a relatively new topic in my world but as I've gotten to learn more about the topic I've learned about vision boards. Vision boards are basically a poster you create with everything you want for yourself in the coming year. This can be anything from a new job, to vacationing more, to getting a new pet. The best comparison to this is simply a collage poster. The intention behind this is to give you a visual representation and reminder of everything you want for yourself. It'll help keep you focused on what you want whenever you start to stray off the path to success. This one is more helpful to some than others but I suggest at least trying it once to see how it works for you


AUDIT YOUR LIFE




This is something that is new to me as well but I read it somewhere else and it interested me so I want to give it a try this year. What this means is that you go down different aspects of your life and you be fully transparent with yourself on the current status of it. For example, if you originally planned to do yoga twice a week you would "audit" this part of your life like:


- Yoga

- Failed to do two yoga sessions per week.


While this approach may seem a little harsh to some, it'll help you with some of the tasks talked about earlier as you'll be able to figure out what you need to focus on in the coming year. It'll also show you what you've done well in so keep that in mind! You can make this as extensive or specific you'd like. Always remember that all this is for you.


Implement


Congrats on making it all the way to the end, you now have five new ways to prepare for the coming year! There is no right or wrong way to do any of the five so feel free to customize them as they best suite you and your needs. The most important part of all this is that you actually do something.


Preparing for an entire new year can be a daunting experience but when you break it down into activities like this it becomes much more feasible. Know that I wish you all the best, am rooting for you, and would love to hear about your accomplishments throughout the year!


Let's make the most of 2022.

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