2021 is just around the corner, so it’s time to start thinking about how you can make sure that you get your year off to the right start! Check out five quick tasks you can complete that will help set you up for success in 2021.
1. Do a Self-Review
Before you begin to prepare for the new year, take a moment to consider how the past year went for you. Despite 2020 being full of unexpected moments, hopefully, you were still able to find time to accomplish the goals you set for yourself at the beginning of the year.
Ask yourself what personally went well and what you’d like to improve as the new year begins.
What new skills or relationships did you develop that were a bright point in your year? What caused you stress this year? A self-review like this can help you better understand the highs and lows of the last year and set a precedent for a great year ahead.
2. Finish Errands and Miscellaneous Tasks
No one wants to start off the new year with a long list of errands to run and menial tasks to complete.
If there is anything on your list that you think you can quickly and easily accomplish before you ring in the new year, now is the time to cross them off!
Entering the year with a clean slate and a fresh to-do list will help you feel ready to start the year.
3. Reach Out To Loved Ones
Between required quarantines and social distancing practices, 2020 was a year that made many feel disconnected from friends and family.
While these practices will likely follow us into 2021, take some steps to inspire more connection with your loved ones in the new year. Set aside time to send a few quick texts or make calls to your family or friends you haven’t spoken to in a while.
Update them on how you’re doing and ask for the same in return, and if a goal is to improve your relationships in 2021, be sure to do this often throughout the year to keep those connections strong.
4. Clean Your Living Space
Similar to a fresh to-do list, starting the year off with a tidy space can help you mentally prepare for the new year. Whether you simply pick up your area or do a deep clean is up to you, but the effects can be great.
Studies show that a clean space is associated with more positive emotions, like happiness, satisfaction, and calm—all of which can create an elevated mood that helps you enter 2021 in the right mindset.
5. Set New Goals
Of course, the new year is the perfect time to set some new goals for yourself. Do yourself a favor and make them SMART goals, meaning they are specific, measurable, achievable, realistic, and time-based.
All of these qualities help make a goal easier for you to accomplish, setting yourself up for more successes in the future. Check out this source for more information on how to set SMART goals!
After a long 2020, we’re all more than ready to ring in the new year!
Work on accomplishing these 5 tasks in the coming days and you’ll be mentally and physically ready to kick off 2021 right!
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