1. Organize Everything
When my space is organized I can focus so much better and I waste a lot less time on things that aren’t important. Start the year off by going through everything you have one space at a time. I started with my desk: I Took everything out of my drawers. Got rid of the things I don’t use and threw away all the broken items. I tend to be a bit of a hoarder, but doing this regularly really helps me keep my material items under control. Because material items are not what matters in this life.
Go through your Closet: If you didn’t wear an item of clothing last year, you probably won’t wear it this year. Just get rid of it. It’s wasting space and makes you take more time to get ready because there are more options.
You don’t need to become a minimalist, but some of their practices are really helpful. It’s fine to keep some things that are of sentimental value, but you don’t need to keep everything. If something doesn’t add to your life, it detracts from it.
Keep notebooks and pads of paper around so that you can brain dump regularly and not have all the thoughts cluttered in your mind.
2. Plan Your Life
First, write down some goals for 2018. They don’t have to be a lot or really big. Just a couple of things that you want to accomplish in the year. Then, break them down into quarterly goals: decide what you want to accomplish by the end of each quarter to keep you on track for your goals. If you want to be really organized, break them down even further into month and weekly goals.
Next, purchase a planner, use one you already have or make a bullet journal. And, then use it throughout the year. Write down your top 3 things you want to accomplish each day and do them every day. Don’t do anything else until they’re done.
Planning out your day every day helps you be so much more productive because you don’t have to waste time thinking about everything you have to do. And, you don’t worry as much about forgetting to do things! (If you want more productivity tips, you should click here to see some!)
3. Evaluate What Influences You
First, think about your real friendships. Did everyone encourage you? Did they help you to achieve your goals last year? Did they motivate you? Do you enjoy their company? Really think about these people. Because you are a product of the 3 people you spend most of your time with. Now, promote, demote, or cut off the people in your life. You are in charge of your life and your time. Make 2018 the year you finally ended that unhealthy relationship or friendship and the year you had a much healthier mental, emotional, and physical life!
Now, evaluate your social media. Do the people you follow encourage you? Do you actually care about their lives? Do you want to see them succeed? DO they make you feel bad for what you don’t have? Do they make you jealous of them? Then, unfollow anyone who doesn’t motivate you or who makes you jealous. If they care that you unfollowed them, then that’s their problem. They probably won’t even notice.
Take one day a week and just don’t check any social media. Go out on an adventure and don’t Instagram it. Go out for coffee with a friend. Read a book. Call your grandma. Plan out your week. I’m trying to have ‘Social-free Sundays’ this year. I’ve noticed recently just how much time I spend checking social media and it’s not healthy. Actually, this week, I deleted: Facebook, Pinterest, and Tumblr off my phone. And, I logged out of my personal Instagram account. I spend way too much time in these places and I’m going to try and fix that. I’d highly encourage you to do the same!
4. Find Your Ideal Sleep Schedule
Now, I could be cliché and tell you to wake up earlier. But, not everyone can wake up early and actually be productive. I challenge you to take 2018 and make it the year you found out what sleep schedule works for you, your body, and your job. Maybe that’s staying up later and sleeping in more. But, I don’t mean spending an extra 2 hours watching Netflix. Use the time to read a book, work on your career or do something else that’s productive. Try to use Netflix less this year and read more. Or, find out if going to bed earlier and waking up earlier works better for you. Then, use that extra time in the morning to be productive: Exercise, check emails, read a book, make a healthy breakfast, the list is pretty much endless. Just, don’t waste the time because then waking up earlier is pointless.
5. Exercise Regularly
2017 was the year that I took to work on myself physically. I started exercising regularly and eating healthy and it worked wonders for my body and mind. I’m going to do my best to keep that up this year. I encourage you to do the same! Comment below what your exercise goals and let’s encourage each other!
6. Do More of What Mattered To You in 2017
Whether that’s hanging out with friends more, reading your Bible more, praying more, reading good books more, watching more good movies, cooking for yourself. Or, whatever it was in 2017 that you loved. Make a goal this year to do it more often! I’m going to read my bible and pray more, read more books, and take more walks outside. What are you going to do more of this year?
7. Do New Things
And lastly, the cliché one. Take 2018 to try new things. Try new ways of exercising. Try new foods. Read new books. Meet new people. Make new friends. Do the things that you’ve always wanted to do but were scared to do. Make 2018 the year you crossed off a bunch of your bucket list! Listen to new genres of music. Learn a new skill.
What things are you going to do in 2018 to make it your best year yet? Comment below! Let’s all share ideas and encourage each other!
Thanks for taking the time to read this post! I really appreciate the support you give to me and to my blog! Happy 2018!
Soli Deo Gloria,