NEW YEAR, NEW ME?
It’s finally 2021, and I’m actually feeling very hopeful about the year ahead. I’m all about a fresh start, and though not much has changed in my world since December, I’m feeling good and ready to start a new year and leave 2020 behind.
During the last few weeks of December I was seriously unmotivated. In Scotland lockdown started again on the 26th, and basically everything is closed and we’ve been advised to stay inside as much as possible. Things are feeling a little meh at the moment, but nonetheless I’m still feeling positive that good things are to come. As with every year (but especially this one), it’s important for me to do a few tasks at the beginning of January to set myself up for a great year ahead, and today I want to share those with you.
So if you’re not feeling particularly positive or motivated this year, keep scrolling for my tips on starting the year off right!
1. Clean your space
I always feel like my mood is a reflection of my space, which is why I feel much happier and productive when my home is clean and free from clutter. Set some time aside to blast some music and tidy your space. If you really want to go for it, try decluttering clothes, products, etc. that are no longer serving you.
2. Set a word or intention for the year
This is something I started doing in 2020 and I loved having a single word to come back to throughout the year to ground me and remind me of my intentions and goals. This year my word is abundance
3. Write your goals or resolutions
I love making goals and resolutions each year – it helps me feel that I have purpose and keeps me motivated to be constantly working towards something. Over the years I’ve found that it’s helpful to be super specific with my goals – if I have one that’s really broad or vague (think: eat healthy, save money), I’m not as likely to stick to it without a plan of action.
I like to make goals in 4 categories: finance, personal, professional, and health. I usually have one or two goals in each category, along with specific steps and timelines I’ll use to track my progress. My favourite way of doing this is using the OKR method (Objectives & Key Results). This YouTube video is super helpful if you’re interested!
4. Find things to look forward to
I know that things are really uncertain right now, and it can be hard to make plans when everything is up in the air. Instead of lamenting about all the things that aren’t going to happen, try focusing on the things that you can control.
Don’t have anything exciting coming up? Schedule it! Text a friend and ask when they can FaceTime, make a special dinner while watching the newest episode of The Bachelor, find a park or path that you haven’t been to and plan a walk there! I’ve learned that finding something to look forward to every day, no matter how small, has been so important in keeping me feeling motivated and giving some sense of normalcy.
5. Practice gratitude
I know that gratitude is the buzzword of the moment – but that’s because it works! Intentionally incorporating moments of gratitude into my life – whether at the end of a journal entry, during yoga, at the top of a hike, or before I go to bed – forces me to slow down and take notice of the wonderful things in my life, no matter how small.
Today I’m grateful for my job, having a cozy bed to sleep in, and a partner who willingly eats all my experiments in the kitchen 🙂
I know the start to this year is unlike any other, so it’s my hope that some of these tips can help if you’re not feeling especially positive or motivated about the year ahead. And if you are feeling motivated, let me know! Do you have goals or resolutions? One of mine is to keep posting on here every Tuesday, so if you want to make sure you don’t miss any future posts, be sure to click “subscribe”!
Cheers to 2021, may it be everything you want and more!