2015 is quickly disappearing and I am determined to tie up any loose ends before the start of 2016.
Here are 6 ways how I plan to start 2016 with a fresh mind and a fresh attitude.
Use your free time between Christmas and New Year to tie up any loose ends.
1. List your accomplishments
At the end of every year I have a flick through my diary and
make a list of everything I have accomplished during the year.
Being self employed, I don’t have a boss or a teacher that can give me an end of year review or a bonus
…so this is my version.
Make your way through your diary and take note of everything you have done that has made you proud, whether that is an amazing job you booked or an incredible party you went to.
This list will give you a sense of satisfaction and pride.
2. Finish your tax
For those of us that are self employed in the UK we have to have our self assessment tax reports in by January 31st.
I aim to complete my tax return before the end of December.
January is meant to be about starting the new year fresh.
No one wants to dwell on their dull tax report in January and have the stress of only a few weeks to do it in.
Spring Winter clean
Have a little clear out of your bags, bedroom, wardrobe.
Think of all that clutter you have accrued over the year.
During the winter months we often start to resemble a hibernating animal.
I personally have a tendency to become a bit sentimental and can’t throw anything out before Christmas.
Now Christmas has been and we are lucky enough to have lots of new goodies gifted to us from our loved ones,
we need to make some space.
Out with the old, in with the new.
4. New Years resolutions/targets
What do you want to achieve in the new year?
What do you wish you had achieved this year?
Write down a short list of what you want to achieve and accomplish and write under each what small steps you have to do to achieve them.
5. Buy a new diary
I am a lover of stationary. Any excuse for a new pen and notepad and I am a happy girl.
Every year I buy a new diary and a new pen. A diary is a personal taste.
I have to have a paper diary, electronic diaries just don’t work for me.
I like to flick through the pages and see what I am doing laid out in front of me.
After many years of experimentation, Moleskine week to view diaries have become my favourite.
They are small enough to fit in your handbag.
There is enough space to write in what you have planned each day and a little envelope in the back to stick in all your notes or business cards.
6. Go for a long walk
Walking is a great way to clear your head.
Every new years day my friends, family and I all go for a very long country walk followed by chips in a pub.
It is such a lovely way to start the new year.
After a long walk and hours of chatting your head will be full of fresh air.
You should now feel ready to start the new year refreshed.
I hope you all have a fantastic year x