We’ll be snuggled up at the cabin for the next few weeks but I just wanted to pop in quickly today to share with you 10 things you can do now to prepare for 2018.
This week is one of my favorite weeks of the year because for the most part all the gifts have been bought and wrapped, the travel plans have been confirmed and it’s all about finishing up the last-minute details before the big day.
I know this week can also be a hectic one but I’m hoping you’ll have a few stolen moments to dream about 2018. I don’t know about you guys but just thinking about having an entire year of fresh starts makes me super excited.
Here are a few things you can do now to get ready for 2018…
Confirm Plans for New Year’s Eve and New Year’s Day – It’s always fun to hear how people ring in the new year because there are so many different ways to celebrate from parties in Times Square to quiet dinners at home. Confirming your plans before Christmas will give you something to look forward to after the excitement of Christmas Day has waned a bit.
Choose a Word of the Year – Each year almost everyone in my family chooses a special word that helps to keep them motivated and I know so many choose a word too. It doesn’t have to be anything big or elaborate just a word that is meaningful for you.
Feature your word as your screensaver, create a vision or Pinterest board, hang a sign around your home or have a bracelet inscribed with your word of the year so it will be front and center each day.
Find a Calendar System You’ll Actually Use – I’m definitely still a paper calendar girl so I’m positively giddy trying to pick a calendar system for the year. It’s SO important to find a calendar that you will actually use!
After all, even if you buy the prettiest calendar you can find but it doesn’t meet all of your needs it’s pretty useless. Finding a calendar system that works for you may take a little time. Start researching now so you’ll be ready to go by January 1st.
Write Down Your 2018 Goals – Writing down your goals will help you to be clear on what you actually want, it will provide motivation, it will help you stop procrastinating and it will give you a reason to celebrate your progress throughout the year.
They can be home goals, business goals, weight loss goals or personal goals but the simple act of writing them down and making them visible will be a clear and constant reminder of what you want to achieve this year.
Make a Plan for Your 2018 Goals – Writing down the goal is step one…making a plan is step two! Your plan should be clear, concise and include measurable, achievable, action oriented steps on how you will work toward each goal.
The steps should also include a deadline to help keep you accountable and on track so you can reach the long-term vision you have for 2018.
Start Practicing Your Morning/Night Routines Now – If you want to start a morning or night routine now is a great time to start practicing! Most people who set a goal for the New Year are already off the wagon by week 2 or 3. By starting now you’ll already be ahead of the game.
Kickstart a Healthy Meal Plan – I know, we haven’t even made it to Christmas yet and I’m already talking about healthy meals. I’m not saying give up your Yule Log or your Christmas fettucine, I’m not giving up mine either.
That being said, don’t wait until January 1st to start eating healthy. Help yourself out and start meal planning healthy options now. Bonus, you don’t have to hear, “What’s for dinner?” at 4:05 pm every day because you’ll already be prepared.
Commit to a Workout Schedule – We’re in the midst of training for another 15 K next year. Sure, we could have started January 1st but we decided to get a head start and commit to a solid workout schedule now.
Is it hard? Yeah, sometimes I just want to eat donuts and hang in the mornings drinking my coffee scrolling through Insta but I feel a million times better after those first 2 miles are finished and I know you will too.
Get a Cleaning Schedule that Serves Your Needs – Cleaning schedules are kind of like clothes – one size fits doesn’t fit all. If you feel overwhelmed just by saying the words, “I’m going to clean the house today,” consider doing a little bit each day like bathrooms on Mondays, floors on Tuesdays, laundry on Wednesdays…you get the idea.
On the other hand, if knowing you have to clean every day even for just a few minutes drives you bananas set aside one day each week to tidy your home.
Start a Victory or Gratitude Journal – I’ve heard SO many people say this year was such a hard year and we can definitely relate. It would be super easy to get stuck in the, “I can’t believe this happened to me” and the, “why me’s” but you guys, we cannot let ourselves get stuck in that mindset.
Let’s all start off 2018 with a mindset of victory and kick defeat to the curb, ok? The simple act of writing down even one thing you’re grateful for or feel victorious about each day will set you on your way to living well.
I’ll check back in with you guys later this week. We’ve spent the last few days visiting with family, taking long hikes, enjoying late afternoon naps and cozied up by the fire. It all feels like the biggest gift! Until then, I’ll see you on Instagram, Facebook and Pinterest.