Happy 2016!! It's time for starting over and getting things done. A fresh coat of paint. A brand new planner.
A fresh start.
The year you start your blog. The year you start a side hustle. The year you will get fit finally.
Here are some tips and tricks to help you make this your most amazing year yet!
Pick projects and not resolutions
My friend Shenee introduced this concept on our last Secret Society of Done call. This is the time of the year where resolutions are super popular. Or the word of the year. Shenee challenged us to do projects instead.
The way that projects work is you pick the things you want to work on, find time for them, create rules (to make sure you stick to those things) and choose a reward (something to look forward to when you accomplish your plans).
I think this approach is awesome and I plan to try it myself. As I think about things I really want to accomplish this year both business and personal:
#Read24 Book Project
I want to read 24 books this year. I set it up on Goodreads and I’m already on my second book. My first one was Girl on the Train (read it if you haven’t…very reminiscent of the feelings I had when I read Gone Girl – thrilling, suspenseful, crazyyyyy).
#Blog24 Blog Project
I want to get on a consistent blog schedule that makes sense for me. Over the years, I’ve had short phases of time where I’d be really good at blogging and then LIFE WOULD HAPPEN and I would get behind. My plan for 2016 is to commit to writing at least 2 blog posts a month.
I’m working on some rules for these: like making time before I go to bed to actually read and making time in the mornings to create a content calendar and do my writing.
Anything you’ve been wanting to do for awhile that you’ve been putting off? Try to think of it as a project.
I know that everyone probably has some sort of resolution or goal around getting fit this year. I think the trick is to get moving.
Whatever that is for you. For me, I’ve set a goal in my Fitbit app to walk 7500 steps a day – it’s something that I do as part of my day. Often without thinking about it.
Think of ways you can sprinkle exercise through your day – like walking up the stairs instead of taking the escalator or elevator. Doing squats while your brushing your teeth. Having standing meetings instead of ones where you sit down for an hour.
The key here is to find what works for you. For example, I tried doing the Couch to 5K program for about 5 weeks last year and while it felt good to do it and get the endorphins going, it was so jarring to my body. My knees and shins especially. Which made it hard for me to be excited about that particular workout.
If you love to run, by all means go for it. But if not, find something that you can actually look forward to, even if it’s dance parties with your kids. Dancing while cleaning. Roller blading. Ice skating.
Whatever it is that gets you moving, go do it.
Find your wind-down activity
I am in the third month of my new job and the thing about starting something new besides all of the beginner feelings, is that you need to find some sort of routine that works for you.
Morning routines and evening routines are super popular. But they are also personal. No one knows what you need on any given day to be your best self.
One thing I’m starting this year is making a point of being off the computer by about 9pm (latest 9:30pm) on weeknights and then grabbing a book or doing some coloring before I go to sleep. These activities help me relax, get my eyes off the computer and phone screen and then my body is ready to go to sleep about an hour later.
The more you get yourself and your body in a routine, the easier it is to get ready for whatever it is you are trying to do next. Especially in the evening, it’s good to be able to “wind down” from the day and get ready for a good night's sleep.
Here are some other ideas for night time activities:
- Have your favorite cup of tea or hot cocoa
- Watch one of your favorite shows
- Go for a walk
- Take a nice hot bath or shower
- Try some stretching exercises