We’ve already entered 2017, and almost a week has passed already! It’s barely begun, and it already feels like time is flying by. 2016 was a rough year for nearly everybody. It was a rollercoaster with the biggest ups, as well as the biggest downs of my life. But I’m sure that for most of us, 2016 prepared us for 2017, and we’re ready.
So to be a little more prepared for the new year, there’s a few things we can do to ensure we don’t miss anything and start the new year as a hot mess. Many of us will start work again on Monday, where others might have already started. Everyone is trying to get back into routine after the festive season. This routine, for our household at least, includes getting up early again, exercising (losing those extra kg’s we picked up somewhere), eating healthy (yay smoothies!), working, and many other things. So to prepare for this routine without shocking your system completely, here’s a few tips and tricks I follow to make this transition as smooth and easy as possible.
What does this mean? This will differ from one individual to another, but for me, this means making lists and filling up my calendar.
- Make a list of everything you’ll need to do on your FIRST DAY. This includes things like going to the gym, following up with clients, buying groceries, doing washing or whatever it is that you’ll need to execute on your first day after the festivities has ended.
- Secondly, make a list of everything that needs to be done for the first week ahead, for me it’s checking up on finances, setting financial goals, contacting our accountant, making doctors appointments for yearly checkups, contacting all the stakeholders in my business, including clients, employees and prospects.
- Thirdly, set the most cliche’ list of all, your yearly goals. You need to write this physically down, and set dates next to it. Remember, a dream written down with a date becomes a goal. A goal broken down into steps, becomes a plan, and a plan backed by action makes your dreams come true.
- Finally I enter all my set meetings, appointments, actions and reminders into my calendar, I use a calendar app I downloaded form iOS, not the default one, as this one allows you to colour-code, and displays it clearly. See below:
There’s no use in having all these plans for the new year, but when push comes to shove you procrastinate. My biggest downfall is going to the gym, it’s easy to eat healthy, because you have to eat anyway (and smoothies are delicious!) and it’s easy to execute work and business goals, because you have to work. But exercising is extra, making it easy to postpone it one day after the other. So my best advice for people like me, is to do it first. First thing Monday morning, go the the gym, and get it over and done with. For my first day I only did exercises I enjoy doing, like squats, pushups, pull-ups and kettlebell swings. I hate cardio, so I simply didn’t do it. I’ll slowly transition into a full gym program, but I’m taking it one step at a time, and I suggest you do the same if you’re like me. Make it fun for yourself.
Same goes for any other goals you set, try to execute them fully and on time every day or week they’re set to be done. You’ll love yourself if you can get through one week of fully executing those set goals.
Throughout the holiday you spent most of your time with friends and family, and now everything is back to normal. Make an effort of keeping in contact with family and friends, and make sure they know how much you appreciated spending time with them, it will make them feel good and motivated to start the new year, knowing they made you feel special and grateful for them. And it will make you feel good as well.
It’s time to have a hard long talk with yourself about money. Over the holidays we tend to spend more money than usual, and more money than we intended to spend. You might have tapped into your savings, and gave it an ugly empty chunk. So sit down and set financial goals, and keep to it! Be honest about what you’ll need to spend each month, we tend to have vigorous goals for saving, making it difficult to keep to it, so be realistic, and be honest with yourself. If you know you spend a lot of money on clothing, be sure to budget adequately for it, to prevent you from using savings to buy clothes. Biggest tip I can give you: Save first and spend what is left, don’t spend and save what is left.
A new year is always full of promises for new beginnings and new goals. And though some people are skeptical about these new years resolutions, it’s still a beautiful thing to see how many people are willing to better themselves.
May 2017 be a blessed and fulfilling year to all of you, and I hope that you achieve all of your set goals.