As we drift out of December and into the New Year, many of us become reflective. Looking back at the lessons we’ve learnt in 2013 often gives us the materials we need to devise goals and plans for 2014.
Whether you have a long list of resolutions or just one simple goal you would like to achieve this year, the following tips can help you on your way.
1. Clear the clutter
Having a cluttered living or working space can make us feel stressed and chaotic. Start your year off by simplifying your living space – donate old clothes and possessions to charity and only keep what you need. Take this time to organise and beautify your workspace too – you’ll be surprised at how much better you’ll feel at work when your surroundings are organised (and pretty).
2. Banish negativity
Now is the time to get rid of people or things that drain your energy. Spend more time with people who lift you up and support you. Look to stop any habits that make you feel lethargic too – for example, taking your work laptop to bed or staying up late on social networking sites.
3. Give yourself some alone time
In today’s society we are always connected, so much so that it can be hard to get a little alone time. Try to dedicate at least 15 minutes a day to solitude. You can use this time to meditate, exercise or simply to be alone with your own thoughts – but most importantly allow yourself time to reflect and plan.
4. Make small changes
Try to break your goals for the New Year down into manageable tasks. Just making these seemingly small changes will help you to build momentum and confidence, helping you to reach your goal quicker than if you attempted it in one fell swoop.
5. Make it fun
Celebrate your victories and add a little fun to your goals. Treat yourself to something you love and try to find fun in all that you do.
6. Journal your progress
Keeping a journal to record your progress will offer you time to explore your goals more thoroughly and will help to clear any cobwebs of the mind. Journaling also helps you to be accountable, improving your chances of success.
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