Before we get into the nitty gritty of what types of goals to set and why you should set goals instead of resolutions, I want to share a few simpler concepts with you. As we head into the new year, I believe it’s especially important to take some time to prepare and plan for what you’ll achieve in the year ahead to be as successful as you possibly can be. That being said, I always take a specific approach to the start of the year and know you’ll benefit from that, too, if you’re the planning type (and even if you’re not). Use my 3 easy steps to prepare for the best year yet!
My 3 Tips for Preparing for the Year Ahead
So, here are my 3 steps for getting the year started as far as setting goals and creating a routine.
1. Lay the Foundation
Just like your home needs a stable foundation, so do you. Identify the things that energize you, ground you, and stabilize you. These things that “hold you together” are your foundation. I’ll share a bit more about the foundation for the blog this year a little later.
2. Eliminate the Bad
Without getting rid of a few things, you’ll never be able to find balance in your life. So, take some time at the beginning of the year, to reflect on those things that were a “bad influence” in your life over the past year, and get rid of them. Maybe it’s an eating habit (my vice is overindulging in sweets), spending too much time on the computer, or allowing someone else’s negativity to overflow onto you – whatever it is recognize the junk and toss it in the trash.
3. Make Positive Additions
Once you’ve gotten rid of the bad influences in your life, you’ll be able to focus your energy on positive things. Take some time to identify new habits and routines that you need to establish to benefit you in the new year. Make sure that these additions help you to live healthier, be more frugal, and find contentment right where you are. Some things I plan on adding or refining in my life include my exercise routine, healthy eating habits, and devotional time.
Simple Preparation Tips in Action
You may be thinking, “Sure these tips are great, but how do I actually apply them to my life.” I get, and I’ve been there, so I want to walk through a few of these steps with you to show you what my tips look like “in action.” Hopefully by sharing this play-by-play with you, you’ll better understand how you can use these steps to prepare for your own year. If nothing else, though, I get to share a few of the fun things that I have planned for you and the blog this year!
1. What Worked
So, like I said, the first thing I need to do is reflect on the things that have worked this year. A few of the ways that I’ve grown the blog this year include:
- Posting on a regular basis (4-5 times a week)
- Sharing ideas that I use in my everyday life
- Networking with other bloggers
- Staying active on various social media channels
2. What Didn’t Work
I’m still fairly new, so I don’t have a lot of “strategies” that I’ve tried that didn’t work. However, it’s still important for to reflect, so a few things that have hindered my growth or made the blog less effective than it could be are:
- Working too late in the evening/night
- Mismanaging/wasting my time by not planning
3. New Additions
So, now that I’ve taken a look at the things that worked and didn’t, I’ll share my new additions for the year ahead. I plan to continue posting on a regular basis, sharing the tips and tricks I personally love, and connecting with you (my readers) and other bloggers. I also plan to be a bit more structured in the months ahead, so that you know what to expect. I’ll be adding a few new things into the mix for you and me, such as:
- Starting a new series on Mondays–Monday Morsels: Frugal, Healthy Meal Ideas
- Organizing monthly posts around different themes–They are all planned, but I’m keeping all of that under wraps!
- Bringing you more giveaways–You love free stuff, right? Make sure to follow along so that you don’t miss a thing!
- Emailing twice a week–I love connecting with you, too, but I know we all receive too many emails already. I’m going to help you slim down your inbox by sending you fewer emails. You’ll still get all of my tips, though, so don’t worry!
I am so excited to be starting the new year with you! Just like I’ve shown you, preparing for your year can be simple. It just takes a little planning!
So, how are you preparing for the best year yet? What things do you need to delete, add, or stick to?