As the New Year approaches, it is crucial to look back, reflect, and decide what worked in 2019, and what still needs some improvement for 2020. Once you’ve had time for reflection, plan what you would like your next year to look like. After all, it’s YOUR life. Each one of us is unique and different so it is important for you to personalize your plan to fit your lifestyle, goals and interests. At bloom, our goal is to empower YOU to become the best version of yourself. How will you bloom into your best self in 2020? Here are five tips to consider in order to have your most Productive Year Yet.
1. Set realistic goals
This seems pretty self-explanatory, but it is something so many people forget about or overlook. Setting a goal and writing it down is vital to achieving success. If you forget to set goals, you are setting yourself up for failure. How can we be the best version of ourselves if we are not striving towards something great? Goals can be big or small or anywhere in between. To help get you started organizing your thoughts, consider these questions:
- What can I do better in my day-to-day life?
- What can I do for myself that benefits my health and happiness?
- Am I spending more time THINKING about what I want? Or ACTING towards it?
- Am I living a life of meaning?
- What is my purpose?
- How can I be the best version of myself?
- How can I have the Best Year Ever?
- What goals are REALISTIC for me?
2. Planning/ Prioritize time
Managing your time wisely is crucial to being successful and getting work done! There are several steps you can take to make the most of your day, while minimizing meaningless and unnecessary tasks. First, we suggest setting alarms throughout the day to keep you on track. If you’re gonna watch Netflix, avoid binge watching by setting an alarm for an hour - once this goes off, move onto studying, going grocery shopping, or whatever it is that you are putting off. Another helpful tip is to keep track of what needs to be done by writing it down. There is true power in putting pen to paper! Holding yourself accountable by making a daily list of to-do’s and staying organized will help you to be a more productive person.
3. Be grateful for little things
Life is all about moments- the little ones and big ones. The bed-time stories with your children, your weekly Zumba class, grabbing coffee with your friends, the first date. Take pictures to remember these moments and look back on them- write about them; document them. Life moves quickly. Our kids grow up fast, our relationships evolve, we get promoted; things change. Live each day by cherishing the small moments. It is so important to reflect on what we have done throughout the past year and what we would like to continue. Create traditions and stick with them. Live each moment with compassion, with love, and with kindness.
4. Put yourself first
You read that right, 2020 is going to be all about YOU! As the year begins, consider what you want to bring with you into the new year, and what you want to leave in the past. Don’t let anything hold you back - every day is a new opportunity to start anew. Try to put nagging thoughts to rest, leave toxic friends and habits behind. Replace the negativity with a new hobby or learn a cool, new skill. Been meaning to go to the gym more regularly? Start today and slowly increase the number of days you go. Don’t beat yourself up for missing a day, it’s okay. Progress starts with a step in the right direction - you got this, bloom girl!
5. Create a vision board
Making a vision board is a great way to kick off a new year - what do you want to accomplish this year? Who or what motivates you? What are goals you hope to accomplish for the year? Consider these while collecting your favorite photos, quotes and more when putting together a vision board. This is also a cozy activity to do during holiday parties, or with friends and family! Once you’re done with your vision board, be sure to hang it front and center so you can be reminded often of what you’ll accomplish in the new year.
Naturally, we believe in planning and organization. Our products are designed to help you become the best version of yourself, so take a look through what we offer to get you started. Planning is so important. Life is chaotic and when you are truly striving to have your Best Year Ever, you are going to want to keep track of it all. Save your brain the extra work and start writing everything down: important dates, grocery lists, to-do lists, goals, all of it! You will save yourself time and energy and you will truly feel productive when you take the time to organize everything in your pretty little planner. Our planners are all encompassing and there are plenty of styles to choose from so, whether you are a first time planner-user or a planner addict, we have what will work for you.
If you follow these steps, you will be unstoppable and guaranteed to have your Best Year Ever! Remember to reflect and then plan. Take it one step at a time.
Cheers to 2020, bloomgirl!