Can you believe that it’s already September? The minute the schools go back, my attention really focuses on the fact that we are so far into the year. But, this is a great opportunity to easily view and review the year and what has happened so far this year and what you have achieved in 2019. More importantly, there is this last chunk of the year in which we can really focus on what you can achieve before 2020 and find easy ways to improve your life going forward.
Ok, so can we take a mo to say 2020! Like how is it almost 2020? But also every time I say 20/20 I think of the 90s alcopop. Did anyone else drink 20/20 back in the day?
Do you feel like you could improve something or you would just like to change something? Or you just want the push in the right direction? I have come up with five things that I think could be easy ways to improve your life over the next few months and going into 2020.
1. Review your goals.
Did you achieve them? If not, why? Think – were they perhaps too wide? Could you narrow them? Or, are they even relevant if you have changed circumstances?
I checked my 2019 goals and they were focused on achieving my Master’s degree, getting organised and improving my Pinterest and photography skills. The fact that I was juggling a Masters with work and life played on my mind regarding my organisation skills or lack of. I can easily get in a pickle if I don’t plan properly, leaving me feeling overwhelmed, so I always try to plan as much as I can.
Fast forward a few months. The Masters is done, but life is still a little uncertain going forward. Pinterest I kind of get. Photography – I haven’t done anything to improve my skills. Going forward, I know photography could be a very valuable skill to hone. I need to figure out whether I will learn by doing a course or just playing.
2. Manifest your dreams.
As with the law of attraction, a manifestation is where you apply your thoughts and your energy and use it to create your reality.
If there were no limits on money, time or anything. How do you want your life to look like in 2020 and beyond? How do you want your life to improve?
Spend some time self-reflecting and being honest with yourself. You could do this privately in your journal. Nobody needs to read, but acknowledge, accept and ask the universe. Or you could create a vision board or a Pinterest board to log your ideas.
When you have figured out what you want your life to look like, how will you achieve that? You can always make time by getting up an hour earlier. Decluttering to live a more simple life. Join a dating app. Whatever it is that you decided you want, think about how you can make it happen.
3. Identify anything that is holding you back.
What is holding you back from achieving something or living the life you love?
For me this is clutter. I want live more intentionally, to be more sustainable and work in a clear space. Therefore, I know that I need to declutter. Although I’m doing quite well on this. I am focusing on using up my “backups”. Then going forward I want to think more responsibly about the sustainable options available when it comes to replacing things like shampoo, shower gel, etc.
4. Set 3 new goals.
We have 3 clear months left of the year. You can either set a goal a month or goals that will go into 2020.
If you don’t have any specific goals, why not mix it up? Find a goal that challenges you. A goal that makes you happy and a goal that sets a routine for the future. Remember that making things routine is what makes a habit stick.
Personally, I want to keep socially pushing myself out of my comfort zone. I would rather hide indoors, but I need to get out there. It mixes well with the goal to make me happy, as I can combine getting out there and meeting my fave peeps and meeting new peeps. For the future, I want to find a way of reducing plastic. I want to reduce waste and be more sustainable in the future. This means looking at single-use plastic and finding alternatives.
5. Crack on.
Hands up, procrastination and a lack of confidence are the biggest obstacles that stop me achieving most of the things I want. For me, I just need to crack on and do! Having a GYST day where I dedicate time to writing to-do lists and organising is essential. I see GYST days as a form of self care as they’re usually things on your mind. Things that if you’re not careful can start to feel overwhelmed and stressed, I forget important things and it all just feels a bit too much.
What do you need to just do? Is it something left unsaid. A chat you need to have with your boss. Write it out and work out where you are going with it.
When you’re done, make sure to reward yourself. Celebrate the fact you have done something that scared you or made you feel uncomfortable. You’re braver than you think!
How will you improve your life?