What should you do before New Year’s Day?
The new year and the next decade are on the horizon. 2020 is in sight and it’s going to be a big year!
As you get ready to deck the halls and ring in the holiday festiveness, there’s so much end of year excitement is in the air.
But are you ready to make the most of the new year? To make it happen in 2020?
“It” being achieving your dreams and goals, crushing your plans and to-dos, and so much more you hope your life has in store for you.
There’s so much talk of having “the best year yet” and “new year new you” in the air.
But, here’s the thing the advertisements and magazine articles often miss out on. You have to prepare and plan to ensure 2020 is your best year yet (or at least even better than last year).
None of these wonderful things will happen for you without a bit of preparation and planning on your part. You have to prepare for a successful and prosperous new year!
I want you to live your best life and have more joy, happiness, success, and achievement than ever before. That’s my intention for 2020, and if it’s your’s too, let’s get ready together.
To help you make 2020 the best year yet, here are 15 ways to prepare for a successful new year.
How to Prepare for the New Year
#1. Review Your Year
This one is first for a reason. It’s so important to take time to reflect upon the last year, before planning the next. How else will you know what worked and what didn’t?
You need to do a year-end review for your life especially if there are any strong emotions of failure, disappointment or frustration about 2019. It’s okay, the new year is almost here and you can start fresh.
Imagine how much more you’ll accomplish in the new year when you’ve remembered things like best life lessons, goals you’ve set and life-changing moments from 2019. That includes “failures” and any “fails,” they are the best teachers.
#2. Audit Your Life
Let’s talk about your life. How are things going? Do you feel happy and successful, or frustrated and unsatisfied? It’s okay either way.
Somehow life just happens and you end up where you never intended, or perhaps your life isn’t anything like you hoped it would be by now. That’s okay too!
When you audit your life, you’re not only reviewing things that happened but analyzing all areas of your life. We have only so much time and energy so often times we’ve cared for just one or two areas of our lives, to the neglect of the others.
Everyone talks about work-life balance as if there are only two dimensions to our lives! You are more than just your “professional” and your “personal” life. That doesn’t stop countless articles that have been written questions which is more important.
To do a simple life audit, consider the areas of your life and, including your:
Think about how you feel about each of these areas and consider what would you change or spend more time doing if you could.
Now, what’s most important? You can’t accomplish everything in one year, but you can prioritize one or two new areas.
#3. Make a New Year’s Resolution
Do you believe in setting new year’s resolutions? A hope, wish or desire for 2020? Have they come to pass in the past years for you?
Here’s a little known secret to help you actually accomplish your new year’s resolution. Don’t wait until midnight on New Year’s Eve to think of it.
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Now that you’ve reviewed your year and audited your life, you should have a good idea of what issues and areas of your life you want to improve. You can change your life for the better! And a new year’s resolution is a great first step in that direction.
If you need help with this, take my FREE What Should Your New Year’s Resolution Be Quiz that provides you a unique list of new year’s goals ideas. Setting new year’s resolutions to prepare for a successful new year has never been this easy.
#4. Have a Goal Setting Retreat
Ready to set goals and actually achieve them in 2020? A goal-setting retreat is a planned and dedicated time for goal setting.
The key is to make sure you’re away from your usual day with no interruptions. Goal setting retreats work best when you’re alone.
Basically, you pick a free day or part of the day to spend goal setting and planning 2020. You can be as fancy or relaxed with your goal setting retreat as you like.
To make it a day or weekend, plan to be home alone or book a hotel room, order room service and just have a great time.
For a more low-key goal-setting retreat, find a few hours and go to a nice local coffee shop or quiet coworking space.
What should you do at your retreat? Here are some ideas:
Basically, you can do all these ways to prepare for a successful new year at your goal setting retreat!
#5. Plan Your Year
Don’t you just love planning the new year? There’s something about having 12 months of fresh possibility laid out before you.
You absolutely need to have a goals planner or a day planner to plan your year for success. Personally, I use the Slay Your Goals Planner (I created it after all!). I print out the 12-month planner and quarterly goals worksheets and get to work.
No matter what planner you’re using, the most important thing to do is to add your goals to your planner. As the famous saying goes, “a goal without a deadline is just a wish.”
You can even transform your unique new year’s resolution into a goal by thinking SMART: strategic, measurable, attainable, realistic and time-bound. To actually plan your year, you need to emphasis the timeline and deadlines of your goals.
What if your goals don’t have a deadline? Well, you need to set one, and strategically plan out your timeline.
When planning my year, I first set one big goal for 2020, then break it down into smaller quarterly goals. I encourage you to do the same.
Then add any important dates to your planner including, birthdays, trips, parties, appointments and so on.
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#6. Create a Vision Board
Have you ever created a vision board before? It’s an enjoyable and powerful way to prepare for the new year.
A vision board is a visual representation of your dreams and goals. They can be made in any shape or size, but are typically made from bristol board and inspirational images and words from magazines about depicting your goals.
Who doesn’t love an art project that helps you achieve your goals this year? Vision boards actually work because they are visualization tools that help you picture yourself happy, successful and living your best life.
Got loads of magazines and craft supplies at home? Great, with your goal for 2020 in mind, collect images that you find inspiring. Organize them on a board of your choice, like a poster or corkboard. Then add positive quotes and affirmations for success.
You could also create a digital vision board online using a free graphic design tool or vision board app.
Learn exactly how to make a vision board that works here. Don’t forget to display your vision board in your home or office to inspire you daily.
#7. Write A Mission Statement
Do you know what your purpose in life is? Or do you have a mission for 2020? What’s your “why’?
These are deep questions, but there’s no better time to answer them than the new year. It might take you a while to discover your purpose completely, but creating a mission statement is a great way to start.
Without a mission statement (or purpose), you can feel lost, like you’re just drifting through life without clear priorities or direction.
By writing a personal mission statement you are setting guidelines for your life. It determines what’s important to you, the kind of person you are and want to be, outlines a plan aligned with your values and helps you track your progress.
It’s not a one time exercise, but a living and breathing document to motivate and guide you through the entire year and beyond.
Plus, it doesn’t have to be long either. Take time to craft a simple mission statement for your life. It will help you prioritize your time and energy and stay focused on your goals throughout 2020.
#8. Make a Bucket List
Of course, you already know exactly what a bucket list is. But, have you ever taken the time to create one?
Here’s a simple twist to help you plan the new year, make a list of everything you’d like to do in 2020.
Include all the things on your list, from the epic adventures to everyday pleasures.
Here are a few questions to help you:
- What have you always wanted to do?
- Where do you want to visit?
- What foods have you wanted to try?
- Where in your hometown have you not been?
- What do you want to do before 2021?
- Is there anything you’ve been too scared to do?
There are endless bucket list ideas to choose from when you think about your life audit.
#9. Create New Habits
Did you know that your daily habits will either make or break the new year for you? Almost everything we do is dictated by our habits, for good or for bad.
From the moment you wake up until you fall asleep you’re running on routine and habit. That’s why 2020 will not be successful without creating new habits and making them stick.
Some common bad habits include too much screen time before, procrastinating, impulse shopping or retail therapy, not exercising or eating junk, smoking, and drinking, watching too much TV, or even just being in a bad mood. All of these things are learned behaviors.
The key to changing your habits is actually to replace them with more healthy habits. The even better news is that you don’t need to change everything you do, just one habit that you can improve.
Choose one new successful habit that you can start. The easiest point of the day to add a habit are right when you wake up, before/after you eat or right before you brush your teeth for bed.
Not sure what habits to start? Here are some morning routine habits to start, plus get your FREE Printable Habit Tracker Template.
#10. Add Accountability
But, if you’re like every human ever, you need accountability! Someone who knows what you need to do and when, and actually follows up with you regularly to review your progress.
And sorry but keeping yourself accountable doesn’t really work either. Help is good!
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To prepare for a successful new year, you need to find an accountability partner. One person who you can share your goals and plans with, as well as have weekly conversations (if not daily check-ins with).
IT’s not complicated or even as hard as making a new friend, odds are you’re already connected to someone who’s interested in being accountability buddies. Ask a sibling, friend, coworker or reach out in online communities.
#11. Detox Your Life
When was the last time you cleansed your life and home from all the negativity? No sage smudging required, but that can’t hurt either as it’s proven to cleanse your air.
Like junk, toxins can collect in our lives without us knowing. We’re talking both literal and metaphysical toxicity. Anything that’s preventing you from living a healthy and happy life to the fullest.
So yeah, that thing you’re thinking about right now needs to go. Even if it’s a person, a practice or a possession, let go of the negativity. Just like our bad habits, if it’s not helping you, it’s hurting you.
A few common toxins include that friend who brings you down, gossiping or being overly critical or a photo of an ex that triggers negative or painful memories. Control + alt + delete all that from your life.
Go through and delete any and all things, even if it’s hard. There’s freedom in letting go and moving forward. You can’t live in the past, your life is now at this moment.
#12. Clean Out the Clutter
Let’s continue tidying up our lives by getting rid of all the clutter. Somehow things just collect, don’t they? I guarantee you that you have way more than you need or even use.
Having all this stuff doesn’t make your life better. It actually can create overwhelmed, stressed and anxious in the home. To get all metaphysical on you, the energy can’t flow.
Plus, donating your excess possessions is a good deed, and can help those who actually need it. And a bonus, giving things away makes you feel better too!
Not sure where to clean out the clutter? Get started by:
- cleaning out your closet
- emptying out your pantry
- detailing your car and trunk
- purging your basement
- organize your bathroom cupboard
- emptying out your fridge
- cleaning out your email inbox
Doesn’t it feel good to start the new year fresh, without a cluttered and chaotic home? Marie Kondo would be proud of you. For bonus points, simply your wardrobe by building a capsule wardrobe of 30 items only.
#13. Get Organized
You can’t plan a successful new year without first getting organized!
Like toxins and clutter, it’s way too easy to become disorganized, especially when you live with other people.
Creating systems for where things belong can not only save you time but stress as well. In the case of an emergency or a rush, you’ll always know exactly where to look for what you need.
Take some time to organize your home, particularly your home office, kitchen, bathroom, closet, and bedrooms. Yes, that’s basically the entire home, but start with the areas that are most out of order.
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Be sure to set a designated, safe space for important documents and identification. You could also purchase a fire-proof file cabinet with a lock to store any legal papers, insurance papers, and financial documents.
One of the most disorganized places for people can actually be their devices and computers. Luckily you can easily get organized in the cloud and this creates a secure back up as well.
This is also the perfect time to update any old passwords.
#14. Review Your Finances
How are your finances? What’s your money situation? Be honest now. You simply cannot prepare for a successful new year without reviewing your finances.
Money is often THE THING that most people feel is standing in their way of success. And it’s not surprising, with most Americans struggling financially. Situations like living paycheck to paycheck, being $200 away from financial ruin are all too common.
This is why you need to review your finances and make a financial plan for the future that cuts spending, increases savings and repays debt.
Figure out things like:
- Household income after taxes
- Average household expenses
- Rent or mortgage
- Car payments and transportation
- Food costs and miscellaneous
- Outstanding debt
- Credit card payments
- Student loan repayment
- Investments and assets
- Retirement and savings
- Emergency fund
Plus, if you haven’t as yet, please create a budget for your spending. You can click here to get a FREE Budget Spreadsheet.
This way you have no surprises in the new year and you can prepare for any big-ticket items, like vacations or home renovations by using sinking funds.
#15. Make a Wellness Plan
Are you in good health or are you feeling it? Do you live a healthy lifestyle?
Health is so much more than physical fitness and nutrition, although that’s obviously important. There’s a reason so many of us are setting new year’s fitness goals to “get fit” or “lose weight.” When life gets busy, health just isn’t a priority, until it’s too late.
Commit to prioritizing your wellbeing now, so you can avoid physical pains, be more energized and prevent burnout. Decide that your health is important so you can stop yourself from making healthy lifestyle excuses like it’s too hard, you’re too busy, or it’s too expensive.
Being healthy and taking care of yourself is a necessity, it’s the most important investment you can ever make. It doesn’t have to be hard, it doesn’t have to be “intense,” just do something.
Create a simple wellness plan that schedules:
- Doing weekly meal planning so you can eat healthy meals
- Regular exercises like walking, Tai Chi or Qiong Mediation
- Practice mindfulness throughout the day
- Staying hydrated and drinking lots of water
- Sleeping better at night and getting enough sleep
- Taking time off to relax and enjoy mental health days
- Practicing self-care by pampering yourself at home
- Being cozy by taking time to hygge at home or at work
- Book your yearly physical, eye, and dental appointment
And so many more ways add healthy habits and routines to your days and weeks.
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There you have it! That’s 15 ways to prepare for a successful new year. Choose one and get started today!
Please, do not feel pressured to do each and every one of these steps, but prioritize the most important for you.
Focus on the areas of your life that need the most attention.
Plus, bonus points for doing this before the new year.
Happy New Year!
How will you prepare for a successful new year?