How to Prepare for the New Year—Mentally!
Can you believe that 2019 is already here? We can’t, but we’re excited to see what the new year has in store!
We already covered how to prepare your business for a new year, but what about preparing on a personal level instead of professional? Getting your mind in the right headspace can make all the difference between a good year or a great one.
What are the best ways to get your brain in shape for 2019?
We have some ideas…
Do your “spring cleaning” early.
Cleaning up and clearing out your space for the new year is an excellent way to go into 2019 feeling refreshed. Tidy up your bedroom, your whole house, your car, your office, or all the above! Having a clean, organized space will take the stress of clutter off your plate.
Set some resolutions – and keep them.
No matter big or small, come up with a couple of resolutions that you know you can keep, and then keep them! For example, resolutions, like making your bed every morning or drinking more water, are simple and easy things to do. If it helps, set alarms on your phone to remind you of your resolution (if applicable) until your resolution becomes a habit. Build up good habits in place of the bad ones!
Some good resolutions to think about: going to bed at a reasonable time every night, cutting back on unnecessary spending, making more time for friends or family, and exercising a set amount of times every week.
Start a planner.
Purchase a planner for yourself. Something as simple as a notebook or a calendar will do, or you can go all out and design your own personal planner. The idea is all the same: have a place to jot down your commitments and responsibilities, such as birthdays, work projects, and at-home to-do lists. This will keep you from over-scheduling yourself and will prevent forgetfulness.
There really is power in positive thinking.
Start training your mind to take negative thoughts and turn them into positive thoughts. Things can and will go wrong, so it’s important to keep your head up when they do. Your way of thinking contributes to how you perceive your circumstances, so invest some time into learning how to keep your internal negativity in check.
Have a “word of the year.”
Pick a word that speaks to you, whether it be “courage,” “patience,” “helpfulness,” and so on, and make that into your word of the year. Ideally, it’s a word that you feel you need to work on implementing in your daily life. For example, if you chose “patience,” you would remind yourself to be more patient in trying times and, by the end of the year, hope to see a change in yourself based on your word of choice. The point is to instill more positive traits in yourself in order to see personal growth!
Face the year head-on.
Whether you like it or not, 2019 is here! While there’s no way for you to know for certain what this year will bring your way, you can still plan to take everything in stride. Embrace change and welcome both good times and bad times. This is your year!