I’m indifferent about new years. They don’t necessarily excite me. I dislike the fact that everyone waits for a certain day in a certain month to attempt to begin the things they’ve been wanting to do; but if it takes waiting around for January 1st to get you going, I’m all for it. Just get going.
Before Christmas, I was moving nonstop. I was trying my best to find a good stopping point at work so that I could come back feeling refreshed and not overwhelmed. I was attempting to find all of my last minute gifts. So last minute that I didn’t wrap them. I get a little over a week off of work for the holidays, so I kept repeating “just make it to Christmas”. Christmas has come and gone and I still haven’t caught a break. I filled my days up with family, meetings, reading and note taking, shoots, and attempts to scratch a few things off of the list of things I’ve been meaning to do but haven’t had the chance to. Needless to say, I’m planning on making the most out of the 3 days left in the year. Here’s what I plan to do –
Unsubscribe from Unwanted Email Lists
Over the past year I’ve obviously been in search of knowledge, ways to connect and opportunities to grow. That includes subscribing to a handful (or a truckload) of websites I may have been able to takeaway from. I’m unsubscribing from every single one that I automatically delete when it falls in my inbox. If it hasn’t proved itself as resourceful yet, it’s probably not.
Throw things out, including people. Go through your drawers, your closet, your bathroom and fill-up a trash bag of things you don’t use or look for. I had a drawer with 6 iPhone chargers that no longer work in it and 3 bottles of the same hair serum with only a few drops left in them. Why Courtney? Useless stuff needs to go, people too. I’ve left many calls unanswered and many texts unread, out of love for myself. Just like we let useless things take up space because we don’t necessarily want to trash it but it does nothing for us, we let useless people do the same. Clear up your space. Light a candle. Take a bath (I use pink Himalayan sea salt and lavender essential oils). Cleanse your energy.
Write Down Your Vision
When you close your eyes, how do you envision your best year yet happening? Write that down. Do you see yourself walking into a new office building for your dream job? Do you see yourself cuddled up with the man of your dreams? Do you see yourself speaking in front of a group of women? Or hitting fitness goals you couldn’t get to last year? Write that down. You have time to map out the details of who, what and how, but for now the bigger picture is most important and will get you headed in the right direction.
Go through that stack of mail and take care of what needs attention. Scheduled a doctors and dentist appointment. Take the time out to review your spending and get an idea of 2017’s financial goals. Find a planner that you will use consistently the next 12 months. Clean-up your work space and make room for things that fuel you creatively. You can’t get ahead in a mess. Set yourself up to move quickly and efficiently.
Answer These Questions
Because they will help you, believe me. What is my top priority for 2017? What do I need more of in my life? What do I need less of in my life? What is one habit I am willing to let go of that holds me back? What is one new habit I will introduce to make me better? What brings me energy? What or who drains me? How do I want to feel in the New Year? How do I want to make others feel? What is my one “word” for 2017?
Take a Day Off
And I mean one day. I got this from my auntie Oprah. When I’m doing too much (which is too often) it becomes less productive than doing nothing. It’s necessary to sit still and do exactly what you feel like, even if that includes doing nothing. If you plan to hit the ground running in the new year, press the reset button now so that you’re not feeling guilty about it later.
How do you prepare for a new year? I’m interested in knowing what you all really want to do and achieve, so that I can help if possible. Comment below!