8 Strategies for the New Year

Reflect on the past year

Write accomplishments and magic moments in a journal, like saving receipts for tax purposes. At the end of the year, review them to find out what you really want. Set aside a full day with no interruptions for reflection. Cut the Wi-Fi, avoid social media, skip the news, and turn off technology.

Stay positive

Leave the old year where it fell. It’s good to learn from past mistake but staring at it too long regret will blossom. Take note of all your wins and progress. Build on strength, not weakness. Forgive those that you need to forgive not because they deserve it but because you need to move on. Always forgive the person who disappoints you the most…which is often yourself.

Express gratitude

Write down every good thing that you can remember from the past year. What do you most want to be thankful for one year from now? Take a daily walk of gratitude. Studies show you can’t be stressed and thankful at the same time! If you do this once, you won’t see a huge benefit. If you do this daily, you’ll see incredible changes.

Eliminate excess

Cut the bottom 20% of all projects and activities from the previous year. 80% of your best moments come from 20% of what you do. Statistically, removing the bottom fifth of everything leaves you with more freedom and “good enough” results to move forward. Don’t just quit the things you hate. Quit the things you love that aren’t delivering what you want.

Set goals

Identify what you want to achieve, what you enjoy, and work towards that. What makes you smile? Have a clear vision of what you want and set out on a path to that. Take time to enjoy the journey and remember it’s the goal, not the journey, that you’re working towards. A journey is flexible.

Break down big goals into smaller ones

Start with a handful of big goals for the next year. Break each one down into quarterly milestones, or even smaller monthly ones. These short-term goals add up to the big long-term goal. Celebrate the milestones.

Schedule the new year

A schedule protects your time. Block out time for important events whether that’s major projects or time off. Your time is valuable. What is one thing you can do that will make everything else easier?

Unplug yourself

The single most important thing you can do is give yourself time. Take two weeks off from your normal day to day. When you come back, you’ll realize what matters most and what can be eliminated. Many of life’s little problems are created to keep us busy but not progressing.

h/t Michael Hyatt