HOW TO START YOUR YEAR WITH A BANG

A new year is a beautiful time for fresh beginnings. Everything almost comes to a reset, making it the perfect time to reset your life. 2020 may have come in a little heavy for some of us and 2021 could be the year to start with a bang.


Here are a few pointers to start you off this year;

Take more breaks:

Try not to burn yourself out! Make it a point to take more breaks this year, the human body is only built to handle little bursts of stress at a time. It is therefore wise to take a break whenever you need one or whenever you can.

Rest helps your body reduce/prevent stress, in order for you to maintain performance throughout the day. 

You can take a break in many different ways whether it is planning a vacation. A staycation or even scheduling more breaks during your work day.

Reset your mind inorder to start the year fresh and re-energised .

 

Reevaluate your goals and set new ones:

Think about the previous year in retrospect. Analyse your wins and shortfalls, as well as your strengths and weaknesses coming into a new year. Did you score the goals you aimed to score? Have the goals changed? How do your goals evolve in the new year?

After taking stock of the previous year make sure to set new goals. The new goals will act as a blueprint to navigate the year. Set a new goal each month and begin each new month with purpose. 

Setting ambiguous goals may make it harder to achieve them. Give yourself timelines and decide what goal to pursue each month, right from the beginning of the year. This will give your year some direction

You can also acquire a goals journal from @printswithtrysh, writing things down will help keep you accountable

 

Break a bad habit:

2021 is definitely the year to stop biting your nails, it is the year to stop smoking cigarettes and all those habits we’ve tried so hard to kick.

Breaking habits can however be difficult, it is therefore important to come up with a workable action plan. Before embarking on this journey remember that it is easier to break a habit if the change will be beneficial to you; write down details about your bad habit and the reasons why you want to change it. What are the benefits?

Identify your triggers

 

Make a not-to-do list:

Establish rules for yourself.

This will help you stay focused and on top of the tasks that really matter. It is a list of things you should not do- no matter what!

The things on your not to do list are usually things you cannot seem to stop doing or things that often distract you or keep you off track. A not-to -do list can be an important daily guide.

To make a not-to-do list map out behaviours you have tried to kick or behaviours that slow you down, even time to  identify things you are  not aware of. A list of things not to do will make the effort to stop doing these things more conscious. With enough conscious effort, the message seeps into your subconscious 

 

Learn about money:

For many people, financial trouble is a major cause of distress. For financial stability, it's not enough to want to make more money. Seek to truly understand how money works. 

Read up on things like saving and investing. Learn how to make and keep money. 

An easy to read book that helped me is “The Richest Man in Babylon”,  it is made of short parables relating to wealth. 

You can also learn a lot about money and money management from @AfricasPocket and many other online resources. Do some research.

 

Increase awareness of your thoughts:

Your thoughts are inner dialogue you habitually repeat to yourself. Many external factors may trigger different kinds of thoughts and thought patterns. It is important to note thoughts and emotions are heavily interconnected. 

You cannot control the activities that trigger unpleasant emotions but you can control the thought process that would cause a dampened mood. So no negative self talk!

Start by establishing a healthy relationship with your thoughts and how you process them. Thoughts are not real but can impact you in a real way. Decide which thoughts are productive. Ask yourself “is this thought true? What feelings does it trigger? Do I need to hold on to it? Can I let it go?”

Practice mindfulness. Be more aware of the way you think and what you say to yourself. You can practice awareness through meditation and prompted awareness

Choose what to do with your thoughts. Practicing mindfulness and establishing a healthy relationship with your thoughts will help you with deciding what to do with these thoughts. You can choose how to perceive events in your life and overtime impact your overall mental  health.

Start today by setting aside time for a 10 minute meditation practice.

 

Update your CV:

It’s always a good idea to keep an updated CV, however the new year is a good time to tally up all your past year achievements. 

Work on revamping your resume, add all the skills, accolades and experience you gained in the past year.

Moreover, this is an affirming exercise which will help you track your progress, see how far you’ve come and motivate you to keep working on your goals.

 

Do your best:

In everything you do, in every way you can. Doing your best is just enough