It’s time for 2019! With only a few hours left, I can’t believe it’s almost here. Since the beginning of this month, I have reflected over the past year, and have begun to plan for the next year. 2018 has been a good year indeed, and I believe it’s set me up to have an even better 2019.
I spent time being thankful for the changes I’ve made. I’ve taken note of the accomplishments and challenges that took place throughout the year, and I evaluated how each has impacted my life. My motto became, “in 6 months I want to look back and be happy for the progress rather than wish I had started”. This motto helped me accomplish so many things!
Here are some thing to consider when making plans for 2019!
What is one thing I can change in my daily routine that would make the biggest impact? Is it packing your lunch? Is it going to the gym first thing in the morning? Is it waking up 30 minutes earlier to begin a meditation/mindfulness practice? Identify one thing that could be done daily that would make a huge impact and start with that.
Who can help me achieve these goals? Identify a handful of people (more or less if desired) to help hold you accountable in reaching your goals. Maybe one family member can help you stay motivated in your creative endeavors, and a friend will be able to meet up with you at the gym each day. Identify the best person for each goal, and talk with them about how they can help you.
When should I review my progress? This is completely personal to you, but I encourage individuals starting on a new goal to review the progress weekly at first to maintain the motivation and intention. Once the habit begins to stick and there is less of a need to validate what you’re doing, you might switch to bi-weekly or monthly review meetings. Is this something you will do on your own or will you include others to participate?
Journal about the process. This is something I am a big supporter of! Writing is a huge way to allow for reflections and can be done daily, weekly, bi-weekly, monthly, or whenever you see fit. Get yourself a specific journal for the specific goal, knowing that when you pull that book out, you are focusing on reflecting on what you’re doing. I have a journal for my creative goals, my traveling, and one for my fitness journey. It’s nice to go back and for between these journals and have a clear focus on what I’m being introspective about.
I hope these ideas help you welcome in your new year! Answering these questions myself is a huge step in being intentional! My mindset is focused, I am able to have a visual plan for what I want to accomplish, and I know who I can lean on to help me achieve these goals! I am a social creature, so having others around me who are supportive make the progress and journey so much easier to manage!
See you on the other side of midnight!