A successful new year doesn’t happen by chance. To start a new year right, you need to end the previous one right, and this means making goals, getting organised and planning for success. This holiday season, we’d like to encourage you to do some planning so that you can take advantage of whatever opportunities present themselves in the coming year.
To help you get started, here are some of the activities to make time for as we get into the holiday season.
Planning your next year’s budget
Start the new year off right by planning your budget before it arrives. No matter what speed you are on, a plan can help you build or rebuild a solid financial foundation. Budgeting can go two ways: planning ahead or making your best guess at what you think your future will be worth. There’s no right way to budget, but using some sort of budget framework is an essential part of staying on top of your finances.
Creating a schedule for self-care
Now that you’ve made it to the end of 2020, it’s time to schedule self-care for 2021. In today’s hyper-connected world, having a regularly scheduled routine for self-care can seem impossible. However, if you make self-care a top priority when creating your holiday plans for the new year, you might find that it actually saves you time and effort over the course of the following months. You will feel as though you are more present and in control during challenging situations. So, whether it’s something as simple as starting your day with a shower (no judgement if you prefer baths), or treating yourself to some nice smelling candles, self-care is always important and should be a part of everyone’s daily life.
Creating a healthy routine
Health goals and aspirations are a popular theme of New Year’s resolutions, but what’s more common is failing to achieve them. Health experts encourage us to make healthy lifestyle changes, yet we’re overwhelmed by the number of changes they recommend. They tell us to cut out sugar, eat properly and exercise – what if you don’t have time for all that? Fortunately, anything is possible if you break it down into manageable tasks. Start small and work your way up to a proper routine.
Another important part of a healthy routine for the new year is investing in proper private health insurance, especially one that allows remote GP appointments when you need one.
Listing your projects for the year
Why shouldn’t you plan for next year now? How many times have you waited to New Year’s and set a big goal – only to fall off the wagon within a couple of weeks because you underestimated said goal?
It makes a big difference to get your head straight and make firm plans very early in the process. The end results? A shorter project and less stress, leaving you with more time for quality work. Planning out your projects on paper and sticking it somewhere, you’ll see every day is the single most important thing you can do in order to achieve anything.
Planning your vacations ahead of time
Planning next year’s holiday can be fun, rewarding and stress-free. But it makes sense to do your planning ahead of time, if possible, as part of your plans when wrapping up the year.
The longer you wait to plan and book, the more money you’re going to spend on your trip. If you don’t plan your trips early, everything is going to cost you more, and it’s all going to add up in the end. So, create a plan for your next year’s vacationing now!
As you can see, the holiday is not just a season to have fun. It is also a good time to make your plans for the coming year. Getting this done and out of the way will make the coming year seamless and hassle-free for you. So, why not get started now?