Well, that was fast. It seems like it was just yesterday that we were ringing in 2016 with our friends, family and loved ones. And here we are again at the end of yet another year. Regardless of how any of us personally felt about this past year, it’s pretty safe to assume that most of us are looking forward to making some improvements in 2017, because what would a new year be without a few lifestyle changes?
The thing about transitioning into a new year is that too many of us think that the changes we want to make happen next year can’t happen until next year. But, of course, that doesn’t have to be true for you. So if you’re a “new year, new me” type of person, here are just a few ways that you can plan for the new year right now.
1. Reflect on the past year and ask yourself some things.
Take some time for yourself to sit down and really think about all the things (good and bad) that you experienced this past year. Did you take care of yourself enough mentally and physically? Did you accomplish any goals that you previously set for yourself? Even if the answers to some of your questions aren’t the answers you want them to be, make sure you’re still looking back on the year with just a little bit of gratitude for making it this far.
2. Make a list of changes you want to make.
Depending on the answers to any of the questions that you ask yourself above, there might be a few changes that you want to make. In that case, you should make a list of those changes, even if there are only a few points or goals that you want to accomplish. You can even get more creative and make a vision board with a friend. You’ll both be able to keep each other accountable for the goals that you’re setting.
3. Make a plan.
Depending on what your resolutions for 2017 are, they might just fall apart if you don’t think of a plan for how to act on them. Think of what you need to do each day to be successful in carrying out your goals. Do you plan on working out twice a week? Pick out two days and a time for each day that you think will work best for you. Follow that by setting a reminder on your phone. So you want to eat healthier? Make your grocery lists ahead of time so that you stay away from the temptation of picking up random junk foods. Anything helps.
4. Start now.
What if we told you that you didn’t have to wait until the new year begins to actually start making changes? Yes, to a lot of people the new year usually symbolizes new beginnings, but you shouldn’t limit yourself to only making changes to your life when a new year rolls around.