5 Steps To Start The Year On The Right Foot
by Sian Yewdall
January 10, 2019
I don’t believe in setting New Year’s resolutions but I love nothing more than the feeling of a fresh start. So January is always my month to Spring clean areas of my life and my business to rejuvenate tired old ways, simplify systems, processes and my mindset to position me in good stead for a vibrant and gung-ho year (whether or not that survives is another subject matter, but I love the feeling while it lasts!).
Whether or not you’re in the mood to follow an ‘out with the old and in with the new’ mindset, there are several things you can easily do to help you set the right, heart-driven, intentions for the year ahead and face 2019.
1. Clear Out The Trash – let’s face it everything holds energy, so if you’re surrounded by folders, books, old scrap paper, rubbish and general junk – not to mention toys, clothes across the floor and a dirty house) it’s going to start feeling very claustrophobic. So grab yourself some heavy duty garbage bags and clear out your work space and any other common areas that desperately needs an overhaul. If you still need your stuff, then pack it away or file it so you’re feeling a little more organised. The literal and emotional weight chucked in the bin is freeing!
2. Digital Cleanse – If you were left frazzled, frustrated and fed up then give yourself permission to just delete it, unfollow and move on. Someone gone Trump on your Facebook feed? Block them. A project taking it’s sweet time? Is it that important? Nope? Drop it. 3896 emails left unread? Delete them. Start fresh my friend. You started a business to call your own shots, so give yourself permission to make your own rules and clear the slate.
3. Set Intentions – Now your physical and digital spaces are clean (ok, organised at least) I love nothing more than writing down my intentions for the year, in both life and work situations. If we’re planning a family holiday, I like to know how much we intend to save, what that looks like for the family budget and any other operational things we need to consider around our vacay. If there are any big events during the year, they all come in to consideration and I mark these down in my new planner (more on planning in the next step). I also take time to consider my business, my goals for the year and how this will manifest in alignment with what else I have going on personally. I find it’s important to review both my life and work obligations at the same time so I can be mindful of any potential clashes or at least ensure they support each other from the get go.
4. Plan It – Perhaps my favourite activity, I love cracking opening a fresh new planner (Emily Ley’s Simplified Planner is da-bomb!) and rolling over all birthdays, anniversaries, school holidays and special occasions in to the relevant month. Then I tentatively schedule in activities / projects I’d like to do and when and also work backwards with reminders dropped in other months. e.g. If I want something done by August, I have reminders in June and July to get cracking! This way I try to avoid those last minute ‘OMG I completely forgot!!’ situations which is unfortunately more regular than not! I’m old fashioned and love writing it down, but you might like an App or Google Calendar reminder to pop up. Whatevs works.
5. Prioritise Self Care – One commitment I have made this year is to dial up my self-care and dial down the Mummy guilt. 2018 was a big year for many reasons and my ability to schedule self-care was more akin to something left on the bottom of my shoe. Gum anyone?
This year, I know my business and family can’t thrive if I continue on the same trajectory. As an Introvert, quiet time and space to journal, reflect and just be still is not a nice to-do, it’s a must-do. Prioritising down time and filling your cup will work to supercharge all other areas of your life, so when you think ‘I don’t have time to stop’ I challenge you to rephrase that and think ‘Taking time for myself is a sign that I matter and I’m loved.’
How do you intend to start the year on the right foot? Let us know in the comments below.