5 Lists to Make Before the New Year
The New Year is almost upon us! Is it just me or has this past year seemed to fly by?
I feel like it was just yesterday when I watched the clock strike midnight to kick off a new year...
But hey, since we’re here, I’d say that we should take some time to reflect a little bit on the past year to help us make next year even better!
Now normally I take out a sheet of paper and start writing down my goals and resolutions for the new year, and I don’t know 'bout you guys, but I’ve had some goals that have reappeared on my list year after year (after year… after year…) because I just never get around to doing them. (Some of those things for me have been learning how to french braid my own hair, starting a consistent yoga practice and writing a book.)
So this year I am deciding to try something different and I invite you to join me!
Here are the five lists that I’m going to make before the new year (to help make next year even better and even more productive than this past year!):
1) Accomplishments in the Past Year
You’ve made it through an ENTIRE year! That’s something to be super proud about! When looking back on the past year don’t be afraid to celebrate your accomplishments (you are amazing, after all). Think big AND think small. YES! Those small things are important too! Remember, you can never congratulate yourself too much for the amazing things that you’ve managed to accomplish this past year.
2) People That You Are Thankful For
It’s always important to take a step back and acknowledge people who have helped your life in some way this past year. Take this time to really appreciate the people that you love and the people who are there for you every day and help inspire you to do big things. There’s only so much that we can do without the love, support, and inspiration from the people in our lives.
3) Lessons That You’ve Learned
When reflecting on the past year, it’s important to think about what you’ve learned. So for this list, take some time to list lessons that you’ve learned, but don’t get down on yourself! We all go through some tough stuff over the course of a year, so use these lessons as inspiration for how to approach life going forward. Sometimes the lessons that we need the most are already inside of us, just waiting to come out and help us. Allow them the space to come forward.
4) Things to Do Less Often
What is holding you back from living the life that you want to live and being the person that you want to be? Are there any habits or things that you do often that might be good for you to do less of? Try not to get too hard on yourself when it comes to listing some of these — keep a positive mind and realize that acknowledging these things is the first step to conquering them and creating room to grow.
5) Things to Do More Often
On the other hand, what are some things that you want to do more of? What things make you happy? What habits or actions make you super productive? What makes you smile? What makes you excited to wake up in the morning? List as many things as you can and keep these in mind as we launch into the new year.
As we’re heading into the new year, these lists can be very powerful tools that can help us shape our daily lives and help us take intentional action.
Try to revisit these lists every so often as the new year continues — you never know when these lists might resonate most with you.
Which list are you most excited to start?