Tips on Starting the New Year with a Fresh Mindset

This week, my friend Kayla is writing a post for you guys! She wrote about starting this year with a fresh mindset and some tips to do so.

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Hi Tayler’s Blog! I’m Kayla and I’ll be taking over the blog for the week! I decided that with the new year approaching it would be a good time to bring up some of my ideas to start 2021 off on a good note. Obviously, this past year has thrown a lot of curve balls at us and has been difficult for many, but it’s always good to start fresh and have a positive mindset for the future!

1.     Get a Planner: Seriously, go get one. When you write something down you remember it better and that’s why you need to get yourself a planner for the New Year. Remember to bring it to work with you so that you can keep track of your responsibilities, deadlines, and the things you need to get done. With fresh goals for the New Year, it’s easy to forget things you need to do but writing everything down prevents this from happening. As someone who is disorganized and always has a busy schedule, a planner has become a lifeline to me. I personally swear by the Erin Condren planners, but I know Tayler also does a bullet journal which allows for more creativity and customization.

2.     Create an Action Plan for your Big Goals: It is never a bad thing to have big goals for the new year, but if these goals tend to be on the larger side, set aside time to break them down into smaller pieces so you not only know where to begin, but also how to efficiently and successfully achieve them. Think of it like a large project for work with a deadline that’s pretty far away. Your mindset might not be to start and finish it immediately but if you take time to work on it, whether it be every couple of days or weekly, you’ll start to see progress and eventually complete it!

3.     Read a Book: This is something I’ve been really lacking at. At the height of quarantine, I went crazy at Barnes & Noble and bought a ton of books but never got around to reading the majority of them. Starting the New Year off by reading a book will likely improve your mood. It’s a great way to destress and take some time for yourself. 

4.     The “New Year” Clean: This goes again with the whole organization thing, but I always feel that I’m more productive and in a better mindset when everything has a place and I can easily find it. With living on my own this past year, this has been a huge struggle. I’m currently in the process of doing a “New Year” clean which will help me feel refreshed and at ease upon the new year arriving. This will not only help put my mind at ease but allow me to be more successful with the newest semester of school approaching.

5.     Reach out to Friends: If I didn’t have some of my closest friends constantly reaching out to me and having zoom calls this past year, I might have actually gone insane. It’s important that you start off the new year with the ones closest to you, even if that means in a virtual format. The support and love they have to offer is immeasurable. It’s crucial to check up on one another as well as be there for each other. 

Hopefully you can find use in some of my suggestions to help get your 2021 off to a good start! 2020 has definitely been one for the books to say the least. Here’s to a fresh start and new memories!

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I hope you guys are enjoying this series! Next week will be the last one of my friends taking over my site. As always, if you have any questions, feel free to leave a comment below or reach out to me on any of my socials.



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