2018 is officially here and I've got all sorts of feels about it. This year for me is kind of a big question mark. I'm finishing Integrative Nutrition this month, I'm getting my bachelor degree in May and then after that is all just a big question mark. I have a handful of different paths I can choose to venture on, which is a blessing, don't get me wrong, but it can also make things a little bit more complicated and difficult to grasp. I'm really bad with decision making, so this will definitely be an interesting year for me. And I must say, I'm excited to see which path I end up on.
These never-ending thoughts of the future ahead, lead me to coming up with this post. How to Make 2018 Your Year. It's a brand new year, which means it's a brand new opportunity to make this year, 2018, the best year so far! We can all do it and I'm sharing my top tips for how to go about it and getting off to the right start!
I'm slightly OCD about my organization with all different aspects of my life whether it be university, work, my apartment or even my grocery list. While sometimes it does get a little bit to the extreme, it is also my strongest motivator and honestly also the only reason I get everything done. We are busy people and have a lot of different things that we need to remember and do, so staying organized is key. If you are already a boss organizer, then congrats! step 1 is already in the books. If organization isn't really your thing, then do yourself a favor and make it on of you intentions for the new year to become an organizational boss! Not just make it an intention, but make it a priority. Get yourself a cute planner and some sticky notes, make sure your workspace is clean and has everything you need to work optimally and get a little plant. The last one may sounds weird, but get a little plant for your desk and let it help you bring life and energy to your desk. Let this little living being be your little reminder to stay clean, stay organized and remember to hydrate (lol). But seriously. Hydration is key for getting s*** done.
Another obvious one perhaps but if you don't set goals, how do you know what to work for? Having something that you can work towards is an amazing motivator. When setting goals make SMART goals. SMART goals is a specific type of goal setting technique that helps you go from typical generalized goals to making specific, reachable, time framed goals. S: Specific. M: Measurable. A: Achievable. R: Realistic. T: Timely. Think of each of these aspects and perspectives when setting your goals. Make sure you can categorize each of these elements to your goal somehow. Fx. Don't just say "I am going to meditate this year". Instead try, "For the next month, I am going to meditate every day at 7 am before I start my day". Be specific. Be even more specific than my second example if you can, so that it fit perfectly into your morning or evening routine. Another little aspect with setting goals, is the idea of rewarding yourself when you have accomplished those goals. Allow yourself the time and space to celebrate what you have accomplished! (Also a great motivator).
Be Positive and Believe in Yourself
We tend to be very hard on ourself and constantly compare ourselves to those around us and those that fill our phone screens on Instagram, Pinterest and Snapchat. This is, if we are being completely truthful, one of the harder things to do but it may be the most important. We are always bringing ourselves down instead of building ourselves up when we need it the most. Why we have this mentality, I wish I knew, but is also irrelevant. What is important, is that we learn to fight that tendency to not believe in ourselves. Instead we need to say "Yes I Can!" instead of "I Can't". Make it a priority this year to not be so freaking hard on yourself and remember how amazing you already are! And remember to give yourself the proper praise for all the things you accomplish every day, and learn from and accept those moments where maybe things don't go exactly as we had hoped.
Be Real with Yourself and Everyone in your Life
Be real and realistic. Be real in the sense that you are honest with yourself and those around you about how you're feeling, what's going on in your life and especially when things aren't going well. We tend to shower others with information when things are going great, but close up completely when things aren't necessarily in our favor. We do this to protect ourself but sometimes also to try and protect others. We need to get better at being honest about what's actually going on. Keeping things cooped up inside ourselves only makes things worse - which is not what we want for you when you are already in a tough situation. Let 2018, that you allow yourself to be real with yourself, feel your feelings and allow them to be there because that is just how you are right now in this place and time. If they are "bad" feelings that's ok, these feelings need to be felt as well. Embrace them and then let them go. Don't let them hold you back. Ever. With regards to being realistic, be realistic with the amount of tasks you take on and how many things you say yes to. It's ok to stay no.