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In two months, the year 2020 will be here. If you want to enter the new year with a positive mindset and feel excited about what's coming up for you, then keep reading.
Take some time to explore these 8 things now, before the year ends, to make the next year amazing.
I've realized that there are 8 things we must do before the current year ends to feel fully satisfied and prepared for what’s to come.
1. Get your health in order for 2020.
You’ve been saying that you want to shed some pounds, get a flat tummy, get fit and tone your body, but none of that has happened yet.
I know how it feels to want your body to be a certain way, but never get around to making it happen.
You make a promise to yourself to do something to make it happen, but all you end up doing is procrastinating until you find yourself repeating this new year’s resolution year after year.
Here’s my take on this: if you want to get healthier and make it happen come 2020, then you need to take this goal more seriously and plan for it realistically.
Sit down and map out what you need. Why do you need it? Then, what do you need to achieve this goal?
How can you make it happen without procrastination?
For example: Goals for 2020
What do you need? – I want to have a flat tummy.
Why do you need it? It makes me feel more confident in my body and clothes.
Next, what do you need to make it happen? – I need to create a plan for what I need to eat and avoid, as well as what exercise routine I need to follow to get a flat tummy.
How can you make it happen without procrastination? – I can be more committed and schedule time for it like I do with all of the other important things on my list. I can make myself accountable and reward myself once I arrive at my goal.
That's just one example – consider your situation and see how this strategy can work for you, too.
I know It's an easy thing to put off our health goals. But let that habit stop this year.
2. Clean out your closet.
I know most people wait until spring to clean out their closets, but don't be like those people. I recommend cleaning out your closet every three months.
Check what you don't need and give it away, throw it away, or put it into storage until you want to wear it again.
I find this practice effective because, for one, the seasons change; what you wore in the winter may not necessarily be worn in summer.
In this case, you can either clear it out or keep it in storage until the right season comes. This also works well if your weight has fluctuated and certain garments no longer fit.
P.S.: You may not be interested in some fashion that you have now – why not check what you have and only keep your most-loved styles? This way, you can make room for things to come.
I would define self-reflection as taking a step back and assessing how your year has been.
To do this, you’ll allocate time and go through what’s been happening throughout the year.
What are the highlights, and what did you achieve? What did you miss? What do you want to come to the new year?
What habits do you want to achieve or drop? Consider it as an evaluation of what you’ve been through this year.
One important aspect of self-reflection is that it will help you become more aware of the things that are holding you back from getting what you want in life. Knowing this will help you tackle them by finding the best solution.
Plus, self-reflection will help you quickly identify where you can improve to become better and stronger.
So, if you want clarity or self-awareness come 2020, you should definitely do some self-reflection.
4. Write a gratitude list.
As much it is recommended to practice gratitude on a daily basis, I also recommend creating a yearly gratitude list to reflect on what you're grateful for this year.
Remembering the amazing moments you had this year can be great for your mental health.
I know a year can be quite a long time, and a lot of things have happened, and it might feel like a chore. But, to make it doable:
- You can make it as detailed or as simple as you'd like.
- To avoid feeling overwhelmed, you can write a ‘top 10' list of all the things you are most grateful for this year.
- The bottom line is that there’s no ‘right' way to be grateful – do whatever feels right for you, even if it only takes you a few minutes.
5. Get your finances in order.
How have your finance habits been? Did you stop passive buying? Did you manage to have an emergency fund set up?
How about saving, do you have a savings account? Imagine if you got fired – where would your next month’s rent come from?
How is your credit score? Has the year ended with you being debt-free? How about getting a side hustle to boost your income?
As you can see, one main thing to do before the year ends is getting your finances all planned and prepared. This ensures that you don’t repeat the finance mistakes you made in 2019.
Now that the holiday season is here, we tend to spend a lot of our money. So, for 2020, your aim is to consistently to learn how to save money and make extra income as well. Pay your debts and create an emergency fund for rainy days.
6. Create and plan new goals for the new year.
In simple terms, goals are specific things that you want to achieve. For these goals to happen, you need to take an action plan.
An action plan is basically the specific steps you need to take in order to achieve your goals.
I know that most people create their goals in January, which is still fine, but I think creating your goals one or two months before the year starts is the best thing you can do.
Come 2020, you’ll be all set and ready, not rushing to make quick goals just for the sake of creating new resolutions.
Doing this before the year starts helps you prepare to review and plan in advance for your best next steps to take to make your goals achievable.
7. Learn what you need to do to achieve your goals.
Come 2020, you need to be prepared so that when you make a plan, you actually get around to doing it.
When you set your daily goals, you can achieve them without strain.
I can show you how to do this in my course Go Get It Done. You’ll be transformed into a person who gets things done without procrastinating.
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8. Unsubscribe: here’s the list.
- Unsubscribe from all of the email lists that you don't particularly need anymore.
- Unsubscribe from all of the mobile apps that you no longer need.
- Unsubscribe from all of the subscription services that you no longer need.
- Unsubscribe from all of the toxic friends and family surrounding you: let the year 2020 be a year of free toxicity.
Are there things that you add to your to-do-list for the end of the year? Let me know what they are in the comments.
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