We have entered the last few weeks of the year, and it’s almost time to bid farewell to 2023. Hello, 2024! Most of us are now focused on what’s to come, excited about planning out events and searching for healthy habits that we wish to incorporate into our hectic schedules in the new year that is coming. As exciting as planning all of this out can be, it can be pretty draining and time-consuming. So to help you formulate an effective plan covering the new habits and goals that you have set for yourself in an organized way, we have enlisted below 10 important things you must do before the new year starts.
1. List down all accomplishments you have made in 2023.
It’s human nature to always have our sights set on what’s about to come, but it’s also good to sit down and reflect now and then. So make a list of all the goals that you have achieved so far, be grateful, and appreciate yourself because if you don’t appreciate what you’ve done, then you’ll never appreciate what you do! Next, create a list of all of your accomplishments from the past year, no matter how big or small. Take your time here. It’s going to work wonders as a source of motivation that will then help you do even better in the future.
2. List down all the mistakes you have made and lessons that you have learned from them.
But why? Well, the answer is simple, so that you never make the same mistakes ever again!
A great way to prepare for the new year is to create a list of the most important lessons you’ve learned from this year. Think about and reflect upon all the mistakes you have made, bad decisions that you have taken, and habits you want to cut off. Then come up with an effective and realistic plan that will never repeat these mistakes. It is also equally important to forgive yourself for your mistakes and move on. Start the upcoming year with positive energy and a good mindset and understand that it’s only human to make mistakes. What’s important is that you never repeat a mistake once made again.
3. Clean out any mess, declutter, and organize.
Before the new year begins, dedicate a day to decluttering your wardrobe and other rooms in the house. Take every item out of your wardrobe, give them a good clean, and only put back the things you love wearing. Sort out and store seasonal clothes in separate containers and make your wardrobe neat and organized. Take out all of the clothes that no longer fit you, or you just don’t wear them anymore and donate them. This will give you a clean and tidy wardrobe space and will help you start the new year with charitable work that will make you feel good about yourself. Going on a short walk in the neighborhood and giving your clothes to any homeless you see will also be excellent. You will clean out your wardrobe and also put a smile on the faces of those who are part of your community!
4. Save money!
In the upcoming year, make a point to save money and cut off unnecessary expenditures. Here are a few tips that will help you effectively save money!
•Keep track of your spending and separate wants from needs.
•Save regularly. Have a fixed amount of money directly deposited into your savings. So in times of need, you have some cash to rely on.
•Be careful about spending large amounts of money on purchases that have short-term pleasures attached to them, for example, vacations, eating out at expensive places, buying clothes that may be in trend for a short period, that you know you will never wear again.
•Do your research and downgrade your services. Chances are that someone will be willing to offer you services at lower prices for the same quality.
•Try lowering your energy bill by turning off appliances and lights when not in use. Investing in energy-efficient light bulbs may also be an ideal choice to make.
In short, be practical think responsibly, and buy what you will benefit from in the long run.
5. Get yourself a planner.
Plan out your daily meals, study or work schedules, and stay on top of everything. If you want to make the upcoming year, one that is filled with productivity and high energy levels, you should consider investing in a planner that will help you keep track of all the progress you make!
6. Setting goals
Make a list of 10 realistic goals that you want to achieve in the upcoming year and also brainstorm about them and write down ways that will help you achieve these goals. Make sure that this list does not contain anything too fancy or crazy that you know you won’t do because that just defeats the whole purpose.
7. Prioritize Your Health & Body.
Reduce your screen time, eat nutritious food, drink enough water, and exercise regularly. This upcoming year make a promise to treat your body healthily and prioritize your well-being. It’s okay to let yourself slip now and then and have ice cream for breakfast, lunch, and dinner ( ok maybe not ) but make sure that it never turns into a habit, because habits can be very hard to let go of! Plan out your cheat days but make healthy eating a lifestyle. This will increase your productivity levels, boost your confidence, and overall make you feel good about yourself!
Do a thorough cleaning of your house. Sort out your laundry, spread out new sheets, and maybe even add some decor to get started on the festivities! Light up a few candles in your bedroom and make sure everything is sparkling before the new year begins!
9. Mental Health
Make sure that in the upcoming year, you prioritize your mental health and start working for it now! Block out all the negative thoughts and take time out to heal. Here are some habits you can incorporate in your daily life that will help improve your mental health:
Get plenty of sleep.
Getting enough sleep is crucial for the healthy functioning of your mind, so never compromise on that. Say goodbye to late-night binge-watch movie sessions and go to bed on time! Your mind needs the rest!
Eat healthily and exercise.
Healthy eating and exercise are not just recommended for good physical health but also good mental health as they stimulate the release of serotonin, the happy hormone! This will instantly make you feel much more relaxed and happy
Find a connection with others.
Social interaction is an essential part of being a human. So make sure that you have some time every weekend to spend with friends and family. It’s important to connect with those who love you dearly.
The build-up of stress can lead to mental havoc and discomfort. So you must practice relaxation techniques every day. Mentioned below is a list of some relaxation techniques that have been clinically approved: Progressive relaxation, Guided imagery, Self-hypnosis, and Deep breathing. 10-20 minutes of meditation every morning also works wonders! So, While mapping out your everyday routine for next year, make sure to incorporate these relaxation techniques into your busy schedule as well.
Practice gratitude and stay positive.
Focus on good things and let go of the bad ones. Thankfulness for all that you have been blessed with will lead you to inner contentment and will allow you to focus on personal growth and development. Ideally, you should try and list down 10 things you are grateful for each night before going to sleep. This is a very healthy habit that will help you reflect on the events that have happened throughout the day, while simultaneously reminding you of all the good things that have happened.
10. Let go!
Most importantly let go of all the negative events that have happened in 2023. Now it’s time to let go of them and look forward to a beautiful new year ahead! So to fully enjoy this transition, clear off your mind of all uncertainties and doubts and hope for a better year ahead.
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We hope that it has helped you formulate an effective plan and has inspired you to have a more organized and disciplined year ahead!