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How to Kick-Start an Organized New Year
While it’s great to be prepared for the New Year in advance, sometimes we are over-committed in December with all of the Holidays. The reality is, most of us set new goals, aspirations, and targets after the 1st of Jan. Better late than never, right? Well, is it even really “late”? You can be the one to judge that one! Anyway, this blog post won’t be about “Ideas for New Years Resolutions”, but rather, it will touch on my top tips on how you can kick-start an organized year for yourself.
Schedule it in, girl.
Schedule in that dentist appointment that is waaaay overdue. Schedule in that car service that you were supposed to arrange 10,000km ago. If you have any life-admin appointments that you have claimed to have been “too busy” to schedule in, now is the time to do it. Of-course there is almost never a perfectly convenient time to book in a car-service especially if you don’t get a replacement vehicle, but it just has to be done. Don’t let any ‘unfinished business’ linger into the New Year, you just don’t need that kind of energy, ha-ha. If you feel overwhelmed by your list of pending life-admin tasks, I recommend creating a list and numbering each appointment by priority. Once prioritized, find time in your calendar and book these in – perhaps you could do one per day so that you don’t feel overwhelmed with having to complete a whole heap of life-admin in a day or two. Unless you’re into that approach of course – you do you!
Decide on a planning method.
I think many of us go through stages where we might start on one planner at the beginning of the year and then transition into either another planner or an entirely different form of planning methodology. Wheew, if it’s the latter, I feel your pain. It can be time-consuming to swap between planning methods; I’ve definitely been there before. That’s why it’s important to work out what works best for you, and try your best to stick with it. Whether that is Google Calendar, iPhone Calendar, a simple note book, or a dated planner – it doesn’t matter! Whatever works best for you. I found that while I have been working full-time, Google Calendar works the best with me because it allows me to see if I have any clashes, allows me to put addresses into appointment slots which link up with my Maps app, and I can colour coordinate my life. So Google Calendar is definitely my number one.
However, with me going back to uni this year, I know from experience that I like to coordinate my day-to-day in a large planner when it comes to uni-life because I can highlight, use sticky tabs, and also have room to keep loose notes. I guess there’s something about that pen-to-paper feeling. But that’s me. Click here for a link to the Kikki-K “Life is Wonderful” Collection, pictured to the left.
Protect your digital headspace
We are all on social media nowadays, and it’s important to acknowledge that we take in a lot from it, whether we intend to or not. This is especially true for Instagram because it’s tailored for pictures & videos only. If you are following accounts that bring up any negative emotions in you, such as self-doubt, self-comparison, guilt, or envy, then don’t hesitate in using that “unfollow” button. It is there to be used. On another note, sometimes we encounter “fake” friends who we identify as toxic for us because they make us feel, for lack of better words, crappy. If you don’t want to remove them for whatever reason, there are ways to “Mute” their activity so that you don’t constantly get notifications every time they post a picture or upload a story. Social media needs to be a safe space for you – and while that isn’t always possible for obvious reasons, you can only try your best to protect yourself, your energy, and your head-space. As you unfollow those accounts that don’t bring out the best in you, seek out accounts which do the opposite and make you feel inspired and joyous.
Plan your savings
If you are working, try to have a default amount of your pay each month/fortnight automatically go into your savings account. Since I started doing this, I was able to really start saving properly. If you can put aside 20% to 30% of each pay into your savings account, you are going to do a great job and feel more financially organized in 2019! If you don’t know how to set this up automatically, don’t let that be a reason for you to avoid doing it. Like anything else, book it into your calendar on each day you are set to get paid. Remember – if it’s set as an appointment, you shouldn’t be missing it.
Create a Routine
Before you play the “really, that’s a tip?” card, hear me out. We often complain for not getting things done: “oh, I didn’t do the laundry”, “oh, I totally forgot to take out the bins last night and now I missed it”, “my room is always so messy”, “I don’t have enough time to journal or blog”, “I just don’t have the time to clean my car”. The excuses go on and on. But for one minute, just think – if you were getting paid, would you be completing all of those tasks? Heck yes! We sometimes place more value on our jobs rather than our own personal life; the reality is that we need to start valuing our personal time a little bit more, and we need to try our best to adopt a solution-focussed approach to our thinking and decision-making. Just the way each workplace has a routine at the end
of the day “i.e. turn off the lights, count/lock the till, respond to any pressing emails, etc”, you should be having a routine too. A routine isn’t just there for some #inspo #instadaily #pictureworthymaterial, no. A routine is genuinely there to help guide you into making the best choices you can, for a better life. Decide what tasks in 2019 need to occur daily, weekly, fortnightly, monthly, quarterly, and literally write them down. The way you make sure to lock up the workplace every time you finish your shift, make sure to make your bed, or take out the bins. It’s really that simple. #YouGotThis