After a year of hard work, December is the time to prioritise winding down and taking a break. But that doesn’t mean you have to turn off work-mode entirely, in fact, it’s the perfect time to reflect on the year gone and to start planning the year ahead. What do you want to achieve from 2020? Get ahead of the game and set yourself up now for your best year yet…
Reflect & Tidy
First step? Take some time to reflect on everything that’s happened in the past 12 months – the good, the bad, the ugly. Both your greatest accomplishments and hardest lessons will be a great help in informing your goals for the new year. Take the opportunity to tie up any loose ends too; organise your files, sort your finances and tidy up your inbox so that you can start afresh in 2020.
Write down your goals
Once you’ve looked back on the year gone, start writing down your top goals of the coming year with actionable steps to help you achieve them. This will help break things down and make your bigger goals seem much more manageable. Some might find it helpful to assign dates to the steps too, keeping you accountable for hitting the right milestones before it’s too late.
Make That Purchase
Is there anything you need to buy to reach those steps? Exercise isn’t just for January, but if – like many others – you’re wanting to up your fitness game in the new year, now is the time to make some decisions and purchases. Use the extra time around the holidays to buy those class credits for your favourite studio or to finally join your local gym. About to start running? Pick yourself up some good quality trainers in the boxing day sales to make sure you’re properly equipped.
Similarly, get your cupboards ready
Another common new year goal is to sharpen up your diet after the Christmas festivities. We’re not advocating for crash dieting in January, but there are some smart things you can do to make sure you’re ready to nourish your body a little better come the new year. Place an order for a new healthy cookbook, find some tasty recipes and order for your post-workout protein now so that it can be delivered through your letterbox - one less thing to worry about! After all, making your goals as easy and manageable as possible is key.
As we said before, Christmas is the time for winding down and giving your brain a break from the unrelenting rat race. So make sure to do just that - put your feet up and enjoy it fully. You want to head into the new year feeling rested and rejuvenated, not absolutely exhausted!