In this post: how to get your life together before 2021 if you do not where to start
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The new year is getting closer & closer. And many people start thinking about how to get everything together before 2021.
And if you’re reading this – you’re one of these people.
I’ve been lost so many times during this year. And have tried to get my stuff in order just as many times.
So now I have a specific plan on what to do if you’re feeling like a mess but with a huge desire to change something.
Wanna know what helps me? Read this post ’till the end to get those tips! :b
1 – self-reflect
If you don’t know where to start, start asking yourself questions and answer them honestly.
“What made me feel like that? For how long have I been procrastinating on my life? Can I control how I feel?”
Writing down the answers in my journal has become a starting point of getting on track.
These questions may provoke other questions. Don’t hesitate to answer them too.
Write down all of your feelings. Put out all of that baggage on the paper.
Sharing your thoughts and feeling on the paper or even talking to someone will free you up in some way and you’ll understand that everything is not as bad as it seems.
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2 – take a look at your life
The second thing after you get calmer after maybe anxious self-reflection, draw a map of your life.
What I do is: on a piece of paper write in big letters the biggest sections of your life.
Divide the paper into these sections.
It can be school, work, mental health, hobbies, goals, self-development, relationships, etc.
And then describe each section. What is going on with this part of your life.
For example: “School: I’m failing biology, I definitely need to study harder”
“Hobbies: I stopped painting but I still want to do that”.
“Mental health: have been feeling very anxious lately, maybe it’s because of all the stress in my life”
Be honest with yourself. Write down every thought or feeling that comes to mind.
Point out all of the issues or problems you need to solve in each section.
And this will lead you to another step.
3 – make the lists of the solutions/steps
After you identified the issues and are pretty much aware of everything. It’s time to make the lists.
Each problem has a solution. This is what you’re going to make lists about.
Near each matter write down what you can do to solve it.
For example, your studies’ part.
“I’ve getting low grades lately and I really need them higher”.
The list of the solutions to that problem could be:
- make sure you do your homework
- contact the teacher/professor to know which subject needs attention
- make a study plan for each day
- read everything & try to understand it
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Or let’s take another example – mental health.
“I’ve been feeling very anxious lately and confused. I need to stay grounded and get some clarity”.
Here’s a plan you could make:
- meditate in silence for 10 minutes each day
- journal every evening
- stay mindful throughout the day (controlling what you’re thinking about and just focusing on the present moment)
- go to a therapy
Let me repeat it again: each problem has a solution.
And writing down all of the ideas will help you find the right one. Which will get you to another step – making a plan of action.
4 – create a plan of action
After you know what needs to be done in each part of your life, make a specific plan to follow.
Get out your planner/bujo/digital planner and write down all of the to-do lists, goals, habits to have.
Plan each day, week, month.
Break big tasks into smaller ones. Then, schedule each small task every day.
And find the courage and self-discipline to follow through.
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I’m learning French right now and by the end of the year, I want to finish the first grammar book and take the proficiency test.
I’ve broken down this goal into smaller tasks: a few pages of the book a day every single day.
Step by step, page by page, I will eventually finish this book and will be able to move on with my learning.
Or another example: getting my self-development plan together to have a proper system by 2021.
I’ve pointed down for myself such daily actions:
- reading for 30-40 minutes
- 15 min of exercise during lunchtime
- being more mindful & self-aware of my habits
- repeating affirmations and meditating for 30 mins a day
- working on my projects in free from school time
5 – more things you can do
Here are some general things that will also help you in feeling more organized:
- keep your room clean
- clean out and get rid of the things you don’t need anymore
- time block your tasks & routines
- use calendars
- organize your phone (delete apps, pictures, screenshots, music; unfollow accounts, channels that no longer inspire you; get a new background)
- develop a morning routine
- close and unsubscribe from unused apps & accounts
- wash your dishes right after eating
- do your laundry regularly
- have a workout, self-care, journaling plan and stick to it
- plan your day each morning
- focus on getting new healthy habits & getting rid of old ones ( I recommend “Atomic Habits” by James Clear, this book drastically changed the way I see and make habits now)
Getting your life together could seem like a hard thing, especially from a messy mind’s perspective.
But anything is possible. Just find the courage and go for it.
Hope you’ll find the pleasure in getting organized before 2021!
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