Every year it feels like the year-end, and the consequent New Year has snuck up on us out of nowhere! One day you are enjoying a crisp January winter, the next it feels as though the summer has melted into the monsoon – and before you know it, it is December all over again!
November has come and gone, and soon it will be time for the parties and celebrations of the year End. But before that – you need to make sure that you are well and truly prepared for any and all eventualities that you would have to face!
1. Plan your Resolutions
Everyone makes New Year’s Resolutions and hardly anyone even follows them for more than a month. That’s because no one is ever truly prepared to follow their resolutions.
Is it your resolution to start a new hobby or learn a new skill? Sign up for lessons beforehand. For example – if you plan on learning to paint – sign up for classes and turn your resolution dreams into a reality. If you plan to lose weight in the New year, plan a healthy eating and fitness regimen in advance so that you do not simply say, “forget it” on New year’s morning!
2.Dream big, but with small goals
No one becomes an esteemed artist overnight. Likewise no one reaches their dream weight within the first month or two of trying. It is good to dream big. Let your ambitions and aspirations soar – but remember to always set realistic goals.
Want to lose 20 kilos in the New Year? Then your dream would be better achieved by dividing it into small monthly goals – like losing 1 kilo by Jan end, 3 kilos by February – and so on! The same goes for just about any goal you have – if you want a promotion, plan to impress your boss with timely arrivals, meeting all the deadlines etc.
3.The Wedding Game
The year-end is a prime time for weddings, engagements and celebrations. And this is one of those instances where you need to be prepared!
- Make a list of all the people in your friend circle and family who would be tying the knot in the upcoming weeks of December and January.
- Plan out the whens and hows of attending each wedding function – from timing, to transport to ensuring you take the required time off work or college
- Do you have enough clothes and shoes to look groomed and presentable at each event? Make sure you have enough – and if your friend’s wedding does not clash with any of the guests from your family member’s wedding – then you can get away with wearing the same outfit twice!
- These days most couples request that you bring them no gifts – only your blessings. However with some close friends or family, you would want to gift them something personal. Make sure you shop or order something online well before time!
- When you are sure you do not need to give a gift – embrace the age old tradition of sending the newlyweds a sweet card with your well wishes. Send this to them at a later date so that they can enjoy it without the hecticness of their wedding time.
4.Make some Space
The year-end can get hectic, cluttered and full of things that have piled up until you don’t know where to start anymore. This could be anything from unfinished paperwork, to friends you have yet to catch up with, to home repairs that have been pending etc.
It is time for you to unclutter your life, so that you can start the New Year with loads of space, time and energy to start afresh and carry out new ventures. Eliminate and delegate everything you can so that you have time on your hands to fill your life with more meaningful things. Make space in your life for creativity, growth and self-care.
5.And finally, Reflect on the Last Year
Don’t rush into the New Year without thinking about all the things that led you to where you are this Yearend. Sit back and think about this last year and consider all the things that went right and wrong for you, and what you would like to better or change for the New Year.
Ask yourself these important questions:
- What were my successes in 2017?
- What were my failures in 2017?
- What am I most proud of in 2017?
- What would I do differently in 2018 – given the same choices and circumstances?
- Who were the people most deserving of my time and effort?
- In what ways did I not measure up to my potential in 2017?
- What will I most fondly remember about 2017?
Only you can answer these questions – and the answers will help you tidy up your thoughts and help you prepare for to close the Yearend and start 2018 with a clean, fresh mind.
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