Well, I can’t start writing this post without wishing you a Happy New Year! I really feel that 2020 is going to bring about major changes in many different areas of our life. I’m super excited to see what God is going to do this year.
In order to prepare for the New Year, I always start by doing a few things. Some of them are helpful, especially for us creative and visual people and others will help anyone get on track and start off the New Year on the right foot.
So, here’s my checklist of what I always do at the start of the year!
- Journal your 2019. Start by journaling the main events of 2019. As you start writing other meaningful moments that you may have forgotten will resurface and you should jot those down too. Remember, it doesn’t have to be all positive things, write down the highs and the lows. It will put your year in perspective and you’ll be able to see how far you’ve come or what you want to change in the new year.
- Create a new budget. You may have switched jobs and therefore you’re salary may have changed, or maybe you became a freelancer, perhaps you now have different financial goals and priorities than you did last year. Make sure to sit down and revisit your budget and make any necessary changes to your finances and your lifestyle. Sometimes the year starts rolling and time gets the best of us and finances can become one of those things that get placed on the back burner.
- Buy a new agenda and mark all the important dates. This is a fun one! Go ahead and get yourself a brand new, shiny agenda (I got mine at Target along with some cute stickers from Hobby Lobby, LOL). Most agendas already come with the important Holidays written down but take the time to write down all those birthday’s, anniversaries, weddings and other important events you have on your radar for 2020.
- Create a content calendar. With social media becoming such a huge part of our everyday life if you want to build a personal brand online, in any capacity, a content calendar is essential to making sure you’re posting consistently to the platforms you prefer. I failed to do this last year and I (unfortunately) saw the results of it. So this year I’m preparing my calendar as far in advance as possible for each month.
This is how I get my year started, hope it helps you get started on the right foot this year! xo