I don’t know about you but the start of a new year is very motivating for me. In fact it’s probably the most motivated I get, and I actually look forward to a fresh start and clean slate.
I think it has to do with it being so close to Christmas and the prospect of such a magical time ending, I need something to take my mind off feeling the festive blues!
So what do I do before new year to prepare? Well, there’s some things I do every year without fail, and a couple of new additions too! So let’s get started on our new year goals.
I like to choose a few overarching areas which are work & career, health & lifestyle, travel, reading and then anything else that comes to mind while I’m planning.
Work & Career Goals
Here I like to outline specific details if I can and also things that are measurable. This could be a blog post paid a certain amount of money, or working with a particular brand that I would love to work with.
It can also be things like a website make over, or X amount of clients/revenue that year. For those who are employed it could be to hit certain targets, KPIs or gain a promotion. By defining exactly what you want enables you to really visualise and manifest these milestones and will help you to get to where you want to be in your work life.
Health & Lifestyle Goals
I have a few health goals this year which involve moving my body everyday. Whether that be simply walking around the block, a small yoga flow, or a full body workout or 2 hour walk in the countryside. I also want to make sure I’m eating three healthy meals a day. It doesn’t matter if it’s something easy to make, but I want to ensure I have good food in the house rather than reaching for convenience food, or getting so hungry and short for time that I order something in.
I want to allow myself time. This is something I’ve never been able to master, but when I find time for my day, everything is easier. I find myself rushing to get up, rushing to get ready, rushing to calls/meetings/out the door, when I can control my time by getting up earlier, scrolling on Instagram less or playing one less game of COD mobile. On days where I give myself time to really take time for my skincare routine, to eat breakfast and sit on the sofa, or to leave 5 minutes earlier so I don’t speed through traffic and have a calmer, more enjoyable journey. I’m going to make this a top priority for me this year because I know it will have a huge impact on so many parts of my day.
This is somewhat related to the point above, but this year I WILL perfect a morning an evening routine. I’ve been trying to do this for the best part of 5 years now and fail every-time because I succumb to procrastination and distraction every damn time! I’m going to make this my primary goal this year and I hope that next year I can cross this one off as it’ll be second nature!! Wish me luck…!!!
Well, this one has been parked for 2 years now, and if I’m totally honest I don’t see it changing massively in 2022, however one thing I am going to try and do is be a tourist in my own city. I live in Bristol and have done for 2 years (yes, my entire time here has been during a global pandemic, most of which was in a strict lockdown), although I did live here for about 5 years in my early twenties as I came to uni here, so it’s not all foreign to me.
I’m going to make a list of places to visit, tourist attractions, outside spaces, parks, coffee shops, bars… you get the idea. I want to try and visit somewhere once a week if possible so that when our time in Bristol is over, I don’t feel like it was wasted, and also to soothe my travelling bug until we can jet off somewhere more exotic!
That being said, I do want to have a few weekend or mid week getaways in the UK too. Edinburgh was like the perfect medicine after feeling like I’d been staring at the same four walls for 2 years, and the change of scenery literally lifted my spirits more than I could have imagined. We have a trip booked to Cornwall in March for Toby’s birthday and are hoping to visit Edinburgh again for mine in April (I just love it).
I also hope to visit my friend in Devon, and have a little stay in London and Brighton. I would usually visit London and Brighton a few times a year as when I lived in Surrey, both were super easy to get to, but of course it’s been a good while since I set foot in either place!
I’ve already compiled a number of books from my bookshelves that I didn’t get around to reading during 2021, and I’m going to try to commit to one book a month. I’m hoping to make this more, but I don’t want to put myself off if I don’t finish one that quickly and then give up for the rest of the year. I think 12 books in a year is a stretch for my current lifestyle and free time, but it’s also totally do-able if I put my mind to it.
Having the books physically there is motivating and a reminder for me to get cracking!
Of course, there are more things on my list and I’m going to be giving each area a lot of thought over the next few days and write everything down on paper. This year I also have a vision board that I’m going to be using a visual guide that I can meditate over, focus on and hopefully manifest over the next 12 months.
Let me know what your new years resolutions or goals are and how you go about putting them into practice!
Happy New Year and have a fab 2022!