How I am Preparing for Next Year
Preparing for the New Year can seem daunting but it doesn't have to be. In fact, it's rather fun. Here's a rundown of what I'm going through during these last two weeks of this year to get ready for the new year. You can follow along or do your own thing. I'd love hear what you're doing in the comments below!
I'm going through my calendar, blog posts, Spotify, Facebook, Twitter and Instagram timelines, book list, podcasts, Evernote catalogue, Netflix history and pictures to help jog my memory of what happened last year. Along the way, if anything stands out to me about the year, I'm pulling it all together in a long Evernote file that will act as a Year-in-Review. Things I include are:
- trips I took
- specific memories
- pictures I love
- lessons I learned
- quotes that impacted me
- books I read
- top artists/tracks I listened to
- failures (and what I learned from them)
In good minimalist fashion, I've been going through the different inboxes of my life and doing a purge. To do this, I've been asking myself "does this _____ add joy, comfort, or other value to my life?" If it doesn't, I've been giving it away or throwing it out (or re-gifting it o_O). The New Year is a perfect time to ditch all of the clutter that's built up over the year and start fresh. I promise, you won't regret it.
Here are some of the most common areas to purge:
- Email Inbox (my suggestion - #8)
- Commitments and Responsibilities (my suggestion)
- To-do List (I suggest a combination of this and this)
- Goals and projects (my suggestion)
- Living and Work Spaces (my suggestion)
- Closet (my suggestion)
- Notes on your phone (my suggestion)
Once my life has been purged down to only that which brings joy or other value to my life, I can begin plotting my route for the coming year. While some believe that goals are a great way to set themselves up for failure, I believe that they act as checkpoints on the map to get you moving in a direction. It may not be the best direction for you but at least you're moving in a good direction. And with some intentional thought, you can set off in a direction that's more than just okay.
Remember: Plans are okay. Missions are better.
The key here is to keep your checkpoints specific, achievable and flexible. Specific, so that you can measure your progress, achievable, so you can win quick and gain momentum, and flexible, so that you don't feel like a failure when life knocks you off course (which it will). Set one checkpoint per category. If you end up hitting that milestone before the year's end, you can then set another.
Share your checkpoints with me in the comments below - I'd love to hear what you've got planned for next year!
That's what I'm doing. Nothing fancy. My primary purpose is to:
- Take time to be grateful for the good things in my life
- Learn from the bad things that inevitably happen
- Reminisce on the fun times
- Set my sights high and get energized for the new year