The start of a new year can be an ideal time to change things in your life that just aren’t working, making resolutions that you really can stick to and that will make positive differences in your day to day living. However, with the chaos and excitement of Christmas, and many of us working up to the last minute before we throw ourselves headfirst into the festive spirit, the new year can creep up on us without us having taken any time to really work out how those changes are going to happen, or even what they are.
So, if you’re serious about making next year the one for you, here are some useful tips on how to start 2019 in the right way.
Review Your Year
If you want to make changes, you need to know what those changes should be. You may already have an idea of what you don’t like and what you want to rid from your life, but you should always take a good look back at the past year and review it. You might realise that what you feel and think is wrong actually isn’t what needs to change. Here are some of the questions you should ask yourself:
- What went well during the last 12 months?
- What can I be proud of?
- What did I do to improve my life and did it work?
- What did I remove from my life? Did it make me happier?
- What do I wish I had done that I didn’t make time for?
Gaining more of an insight into your life by honestly answering these questions will help you to move forward.
Have A Clean Slate
A problem that many people find when they start the new year is that they don’t feel it really is a new start. Therefore, they don’t feel the motivation to make changes. This all stems from having things left undone at the end of the old year, and because of this, it is a good idea to list them all out and complete them. You’ll feel an immense sense of satisfaction for one thing, but you will also find that come the stroke of midnight on New Year’s Eve, you really will feel ready to make those all important changes. Do something exciting to make the occasion like buying tickets from Ticket Sales and going to see a show – this will mark the start of the new you.
It’s one thing looking at your life and deciding to make big changes, but it’s another to choose changes that are realistic, and this is why many people’s resolutions fall down – they just aren’t possible. Start small with your resolutions and the changes you want to make, and for anything that is bigger, split it up into different stages. It is much easier to accomplish smaller tasks that make up a whole than looking at a daunting task and not feeling able even to start it.