Before we know it, 2021 is going to be over. January 2022 is fast approaching and soon we'll be planning our New Year's Resolutions.
Think about this question for a moment. What would it mean to start off your new year right? Perhaps for most of us, it would mean some of the following:
- Feeling energized
- Feeling motivated
- Starting on our goals
You can make these things happen by making smart choices. Here are a few things you can to do to start your year off on a positive note.
1. Meditate on your hopes and expectations
Get yourself in a positive frame of mind to begin your year. Focus on what you hope and expect to achieve by the time it's almost 2023.
You can visualize yourself being successful. You can pray every morning that you'll make the best choices each day.
Our thoughts and feelings often precede the actions we take. Focus your thoughts and feelings in a positive direction to influence yourself into positive action.
2. Create an organized work space
Clutter can be distracting. In the space you plan to do most of your work, declutter the things that aren't helping you to maintain focus.
3. Have your goals planned out
Going into the year without your goals planned out will get you off to a slow start. While everybody's trying to figure out how they're going to achieve their goals on New Year's Day, you can be ready on day one. Here are a few tips on how to plan:
- Write your goals down
- Write the things you'll need to get started
- Break your main goal into smaller tasks
- Set a schedule for doing those tasks
4. Have an accountability partner
Think of somebody you're close with and ask if they will hold you accountable to your resolutions. They can call you on the 1st and offer you encouragement as you begin working on your goals.
You can also have the person keep checking on your progress each week. It can help keep you motivated to get good work done so you can tell that person how well you're doing.
5. Set a budget
No matter if you're running a business, saving for a home, or planning for retirement, it's important to have a budget. Having some guidelines to follow with your finances will help you save up faster to achieve your desires.
Here are some good resources on budgeting you can follow. I'll also include some articles on good budgeting apps you can considering using.
6. Be signed up for a course
Sign up for some kind of course that will help you do better at working towards your goals. It can be a leadership course, a business course, or just simply a course related to personal wellness. Any type of knowledge or information you can learn more about, have yourself signed up for a course on it for the beginning of the year.
7. Start a sleep schedule a week before
One of the most important things you're going to need to be energized is rest. Don't wait until New Year's Eve to start trying to sleep earlier.
Prepare yourself by going to bed a few minutes earlier each day. It might even be better if you did this two weeks earlier. You'll be more likely to get your body accustomed to the new sleep schedule and maximize your energy levels.
8. Have a light breakfast
Research has shown a large breakfast can make you feel more sluggish as your body starts digesting it. Eat a light breakfast to help you maintain a high energy level throughout your morning. Here are 28 energy-boosting foods and drinks you can consider.
9. Streamline your common day-to-day tasks
A lot of our daily tasks can sometimes take up a lot of our mental energy. Deciding what to wear, deciding what to eat, etc.
Have your wardrobe planned out for the week, or maybe even planned out for two weeks. Have a meal plan ready for the week too. Any other common tasks that take time, find ways to make those tasks simpler and quicker.
10. Set up some easy quick wins
A good way to build up your motivation is to give yourself quick wins in your day to feel good. Making your bed in the morning could be a quick win.
Getting to work on time can be a quick win. Find things in your day that you can accomplish easily to build up your momentum.
What is the best way to start the year?
The best way to start the year right is energized, motivated, and ready to get started on your goals. All of these tips will help you be prepared.
The more prepared you are, the better chance you'll have of being successful. Feel free to let me know how these tips to begin the year work for you. You can also share any ideas you have on to how to have a good start to the year.