Already Feeling Overwhelmed in January? Read This
Every time a new year rolls around, I see all sorts of articles promising how you can make THIS year even better/more productive/easier/amazing than the last one…and this is ‘kind of’ one of them, with a slightly different slant (Ha!).
You see, last year I didn’t set any goals or intentions and it was exactly what my slightly burnt out soul needed. And then the year before that, I set some big, life-affirming goals which all came to fruition simply because I had lasered in on exactly what I wanted.
The truth is, we put a lot of pressure on ourselves and the poor ol’ month of January to have our shit sorted as soon as the clock ticks over. And in case you didn’t already know, you get to decide whether you want to gently ease your way into the new year, allowing those ideas and dreams to simmer and light a spark within you – or adopt a more structured approach by diving deep into planning and prepping for what’s to come. Either is completely fine and please know that the world (and your world) won’t fall apart if you don’t have concrete plans set before January is over. Anytime is a good time – seriously!
Below are just some of my tried and tested tips to harness your intentions, goals, energy and focus for the year ahead. My only advice? Take a few minutes to feel into which approach resonates with you the most. It’s about experimenting what’s right for you. And if you’ve already heard of, or tried these tools before, why not reflect on what’s worked best for you in the past? Perhaps this will inspire you to re-commit and start anew.
If You Like Soulful Structure…
+ I highly suggest you download your free copy of ‘Unravel Your Year’ by the delightful Susannah Conway. I’ve been following Susannah’s work for the past few years now and I love her warm and down to earth approach to not only setting yourself up for success, but doing it in a way that is completely gentle without the #hustle! The workbook has plenty of space and prompts to dissect the year before, get clear on what you’d hope to bring to life for this upcoming year (in health, biz/work, creativity and everything in between) and there’s even a section to craft your own 12 month oracle card spread (if that so happens to tickle your fancy!). I love that it’s all there in one beautiful ebook to print out, write, look back on, and reflect throughout the year. And even if you don’t complete the book in its entirety – you’ll still gain so much focus on what you’d like to consciously work towards.
+ Get Your Hands on A Weekly/Monthly/Yearly Goal Prompting Diary. If you love putting pen to paper AND keeping track of your social outings, work commitments and all of the other things that tend to take up our lives, you can combine your goal setting efforts alongside a planner. There are some great ones out there, but I have used a version of this one in the past and if you happen to be based in the US, I think this one looks pretty sleek and easy to use too. Imagine knowing exactly what you need to do each week and month to break down your goals into manageable bite sized pieces and realistically carve out the time to do it too?
+ Work with A Coach. I had to slot this one in there because there’s nothing greater than having your own personal coach to help you craft meaningful goals and provide extra accountability too. Every time that I’ve worked with a coach, I not only feel more inspired and motivated to go after what I want for the year ahead (and follow through and do it!) but it’s helped me to create life-long, sustainable habits and ramp up my own self-belief along the way. You can find out more about my coaching packages right here if you’d like some soulful structure to bring your hopes and dreams to life.
Or If Going With The Flow Is More Your Style…
+ You could write yourself a letter and set it aside. All you have to do is simply write down all the things that you hope to be, do, have by the end of December 2018 and then tuck it away in an envelope somewhere safe so that you can open it at the end of the year. Setting these intentions are enough to open your mind and heart to what’s possible (and you’ll be surprised just what may unfold for you when you read it back).
+ Words are powerful and that’s why dedicating a word/song/or mantra of the year, can be an easy way to connect to your goals. You could go through this simple process, or grab a copy of this book to uncover how you want to feel. I’ll be honest and say that sometimes, this doesn’t always work for me. Last year I didn’t assign myself a word, but a few of us had a running joke that the word for the year was ‘PIMMS!’ Every time one of us had a cheeky drink, we’d check in with each other via text which was a nice way to let go of the ‘seriousness’ of it all. Then again, a few years ago my word was HONOUR and it completely changed the way that I approached everything. From honouring my body, to my time, my relationships and my money – the power of that one word instantly brought me back to what was most important and really helped me to make some wholehearted decisions.
+ My final suggestion if you err on the side of less structure and more flow? Get out and explore, get still and then… let the magic happen. Sometimes we go through seasons in our life where we’re not so focused on acquiring or achieving more, but simply appreciating more of what we already have. And that sounds like a pretty good plan to me no matter what time of year it is! Maybe the ritual for you is to say ‘thank you’ for one or two great things each day as your head hits the pillow at night? Or perhaps it’s about being more mindful, present and open to acknowledging the simple pleasures?
Either way, I’d love to hear how your new year has started out? Are you a planner or do you prefer to go with the flow? I’ll be taking a slightly more structured approach this year but there’ll always be plenty of room for unexpected surprises, the unknowns and magical moments thrown in there too.
PS. Please note that I am not paid to promote any of these products or resources. They’re simply my own preferences that I have loved and/or used.