New year, new you… its a sentiment we’d all like to see come true but many of us fall into the trap of flying into the New Year without a plan of action, eventually finding ourselves at the end of January feeling much the same as we did the month before. So, how to change that!? Here’s how to get a grip on the New Year before it arrives, so that you’re all set for a stellar 2016!
Book that Trip
…because we both know you just needed a sign. WELL, this is it. Booking a trip a reasonable time in advance is not only practical as it gives you time to plan (a process of which is enjoyable in itself), but it will also save you a tonne of cash. Airfares only increase the closer you get to the date (save for a few spontaneous flight sales which run for low and shoulder seasons) and you can also score great deals on hotels when booking early bird rates. It pays to have something to look forward to and what better way to do that than to book a trip to your dream destination, set your savings goal, and go at it full force. Remember, those excuses about not having time and not being able to save are just that — excuses. You can do it!
Can’t afford to travel? Reminisce
Okay so lets come back to solid ground and be realistic for a second… we can’t always be off adventuring, but I have good news for you, we can always reminisce on travels past! One of my favourite things to do each year is compile all the snaps from that year’s adventures, go crazy at a craft store buying all the pretty things, and pull it all together in a travel scrapbook showcasing the best moments of that year. If you’re feeling super generous (as this is quite a length task an a labour of love), you could even make a travel scrapbook for a friend or family member – what nicer gift to receive than something handmade!?
Invest in a Daily Planner
One of the biggest downfalls we face in productivity is not being able to clearly sort out and prioritise all of our tasks in our heads. As an avid list maker, I’ve learned there is no better way to get a grip on your time schedule and increase your productivity levels than to invest in a daily planner! You can purchase this gorgeous daily planner from Graphic Image.
Invest in some daily inspiration
Another investment I make at the end of each year is a handful of books to read for the holidays that will inspire me to live a more fulfilling year in the New Year. Some are daily mantras, some are books about places I love and some are lifestyle books that encourage a better way of living. Here are a few hot picks for this year:
Have a “Spring” Clean
I’m not even sure if it is Spring anywhere in the world at Christmas, nor does that matter. A “spring” clean can be done at any time of the year, regardless of the season. One of the most refreshing things to do is to have a routine throw out where you put all of the things you haven’t worn in the past year (no matter how much you love them) in a bag and either A) donate them to charity or B) go to a local market and make some extra dollars for your travel fund.
Read a bunch of Motivational Blog posts
…No but really. The thing I love most about the internet is that there is endless inspiration out there for you to get your eyes on and soak it all in. Equally the thing I hate most is actually finding that great content. Here’s a few to get you started: 29 Things to Remember for the New Year // How to be Driven, Satisfied and Happy at the same time // How to “think happy”.
Read A Bunch of Books to make you Feel Good About Yourself
…Again, really. Sometimes you just need an endless source of inspirational quotes, thoughts to get your mind active and off another topic or hey, just a book that tells you to be a unicorn. These 10 books will make you feel good about yourself and give you the inspiration you need for a killer 2016!
Be Realistic about Detoxes and be fair to your body
One of the most common ways to kickstart the New Year is to try a detox or start a new diet. While this is all well and good, a better approach to your health is to always make healthy decisions, not just yo-yo between diets and especially fad diets. Instead, try to implement more fruit + vegetables into your diet and drink plenty of water. For examples, see these healthy, delicious and easy smoothies to make or try an Acai breakfast bowl!
Find a Quote you love, Frame it & Live by it
Having an every day mantra for the year has for as long as I can remember been my “go to” thought whenever things go wrong or I just need to refocus. Last year mine was “it could always be worse”, this year mine was “just say yes” and next year I’m rolling with “shake it off”. You can purchase this print from Chicfetti.