Here are 10 Things to Do Before 2019:
- Decluttering: Don’t bring unwanted, unused, purposeless junk into 2019 (that includes things, thoughts, feelings, experiences, and people). Clear out your wardrobe, cupboards, inbox, downloads, books, notebooks, receipts – all of it!
- Think about what you really want for the coming year and write it down in CAPS! (See my Goal Setting post for more information on how to do the New Year right!)
- Celebrate Christmas with family and friends. (If you don’t celebrate Christmas, that’s fine! But have fun regardless!)
- Test yourself one last time to do something that is out of your comfort zone. Smashing goals shouldn’t be reserved for 2019, just because it’s December.
- Start working on your fitness if you don’t already have a routine. Losing weight or improving fitness is often on people’s to-do list in the New Year, so start now and get ahead of it.
- Write a letter to yourself thanking yourself for the year you’ve had. Write another one stating your wishes for the coming year and put it away to check over at the end of 2019.
- Organise your finances. We all love having money, but more often than not, we have more money than we realise – we just spend too much! Track your spending from 2018 to see where your pitfalls were; then set budgets and have savings accounts set up ready to have a good financial year in 2019.
- Take a chunk of time to sit back and review the year you’ve had. (See below for how to review your year).
- Show gratitude for the year, whether it was good or bad, and welcome the new with open eyes, belief, and hope in your heart.
- Finally, get the things done that you’ve been putting off. Fix that broken thing. Sell that item. Clean the cupboards. Make that call. Don’t bring any unfinished business into 2019 with you!
How to Review Your Year:
- What did I achieve this year? (Any and all achievements, big or small, personal or not).
- What did I learn this year?
- What went wrong?
- What went right?
- How did I feel (mostly) this year?
- How did I change/develop/grow?
- Who was important to me this year?
- Who did I help? What did I help with?
- What could I do better?
- What did I have or do this year that was better than the last year?
- In what ways did I live my best life? Live with intention? Test my comfort zone and limits?
If you don’t do any of the others on this list, please do this one. Please review your year. Not only is it a good way to feel accomplished, but it is also a great way to remind yourself that you’ve actually done more and grown more than you realised.
Be grateful for the growth no matter how small. Be grateful for the lessons, no matter how hard. If you lost any loved ones this year, I’m sincerely sorry. I went to a funeral this year and it was very hard for me to do as it brought up all the memories and emotions attached to previous lost loved ones.
It’s hard to find any happiness or solace in death, but you can shift your mindset. Write down that you are proud of yourself for getting up each day and going to work or doing the groceries whilst grieving. Write that you are proud of yourself for supporting your family through the tough times.
It’s not the death that was good or that was a “hard lesson worth learning” – that’s hard to swallow, I know. It’s the strength of carrying on despite the death that makes you strong, and being able to smile even for a minute in that grief is a massive achievement that you need to congratulate yourself for.
I hope that the New Year brings you everything you deserve. I hope happy days, progression, clarity, hope, abundance, and light comes into your life.
Goodbye 2018, hello 2019…