Welcome to 2019! Here is my Ultimate Guide to Revitalising your Healthy Lifestyle in 2019. I give you the full run down on how I prepare myself for the year ahead, set my goals & intentions, and design my habit-stacked routines which draw me closer to achieving my goals on a daily basis.
With the new year dawning, now is a better time than ever to get inspired, get refreshed and get prepared for this new opportunity to be a better version of ourselves. I always love this time of year, as it allows me a clean slate on which to grow and develop myself each year - gradually becoming increasingly like my ideal self. This blog post is a step by step run down of my ‘New Year, New Me’ process during which I set my goals, design my year and revamp my habits for my day-to-day life.
PLANNING THE YEAR AHEAD
The process always begins with planning and organising how I’m going to be spending my time during the year. I like to call this ‘Planning for Productivity’. If I have a general understanding of the concrete events in my year, it’s easier for me to shape my future plans and goals around what is occurring - making them relevant and appropriate to the time of the year. I also believe that much like nature, we need to transition ourselves through the seasons. Much like our clothing, our needs change according to the environment we are surrounded by. Therefore I always like to plan my activities and goals according to the season I’m in. The new year is a great time to start booking in appointments too, you’ll be sure to get in and you can always seem to get a more convenient time than if you leave it to the last minute.
To run you through my planning process, here are the basic steps:
I love to sit down in a comfortable area with my laptop (for my calendar) and my planner of choice for the year, grab a cup of tea or whatever you need.
Other ideas of things to schedule: dentist appointments, self care nights, important meetings/work events, goal reviewing days etc.
Now that we have your year planned, you may have some sort of an idea of how your year is balancing out. Perhaps this year is super busy work-wise, or you are finally getting the opportunity to focus on family or personal goals. This is the perfect time to set goals for yourself to help balance out the year and perhaps shift the focus. For goal setting, I always aim to be very realistic. It’s difficult finding the perfect balance between pushing yourself and keeping things achievable. However, my thought is that simply you need to reduce the friction between you and achieving your goals. Simply put, when you set your goals be specific, insure they are manageable (as you will have to dedicate time and energy into achieving them) and trackable. To do this, I like to right action steps of how I can manage my goals. Preferably, you should have a way to manage your goals daily, weekly and monthly.
Goal - read more books
Specifications: read more books during the year to increase my knowledge foundation and broaden my interests
Rather than just leaving your goal as some airy thought or idea, you’ve been able to take control of it and break it down into manageable and trackable steps. When you repeat this process for each of your goals, it’s really easy to gradually build a daily routine of habits and practices which ensure that you are making small steps towards achieving your goals every day. Say goodbye to making new year resolutions which you never achieve!
I find that these daily habits become the concrete building blocks of my morning and evening routines too. For example, by reading for 30 minutes every day you are preventing yourself from being on your devices right before bed time (perhaps another goal) and you are then able to stack habits around each other to gradually build ingrained routines.
It’s very quick to make yearly goals that in the process construct monthly and weekly goals too while also designing daily habit-stacked routines.
Each month, I love to set a focus or theme. Often, this is aligned with the current season. For example, January is all about the establishment of healthy routines and habits. This adds a little variety to each month, and as a result you are able to make 30 day challenges or focus’ that enable you to achieve even more! Other ideas for monthly focuses include: sleep, learning focuses, fitness goals, etc.
Here are some healthy habit ideas to start now:
Add all of your ingredients to the blender (greens first as they usually need more time to process) combine until thoroughly blended. Pour through a fine mesh strainer (or a nut bag), using a smooth plastic spatula to work the juice out of all the pulp. Keep the pulp for future smoothies or even to use in baking for an extra boost of fibre.
I wish you all the best for the year to come! Give yourself the opportunity to take control of your lifestyle and design it exactly how you choose. And most importantly, live lively.
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