2017 best year yet

Some people love New Year’s Eve – it’s a time to reflect on the year that’s passed, and think about what is to come. Others find it a bit depressing, as it is a signal that time is slipping by and perhaps not everything you’d hoped to achieve has happened.

Whichever group you fall into, now is the time to take the steps to ensure that 2017 is the best it can be.

Make a to-do list

Before the clock strikes midnight, is there anything that you can finish off or sort out to end the year on a high? Perhaps you could make a plan to phone someone who you might have lost touch with this year. You might finish re-organising the kitchen cupboards that you started but didn’t quite complete. Get a few jobs ticked off your list so that you can start 2017 with a clean slate.

Start with gratitude

There is nothing you can do about what has or hasn’t happened in 2016. So go for the positive angle and think of all the things that you have to be grateful for at this moment. Maybe you are in a happy relationship, perhaps you’ve paid off the mortgage, or you might even have a holiday booked with a friend. Write these things down and think about them as the starting point for the next year. What can you add to your to-do list for 2017 to ensure that your end of year review next year is even better?

Clear the clutter

The end of the year is a great time to do a bit of a clear out, and not just of the boxes of old books in the spare room. Think about what really matters to you, and if there are people or situations in your life that are not making you happy – do something about it. Toxic friendships or unhealthy relationships are all potentially holding you back, and you will be doing yourself a favour if you put your needs first and think about what you really want. And while you’re there, take those bags of clothes to the charity shop from under the bed – today.

Prepare your action plan

It’s all well and good to make resolutions or write down some goals for the year. But you will be much more likely to achieve them if you get specific. So instead of writing down “I would like to make some new friends in 2017” you could say “I will join a book club in 2017 to hopefully meet some new people.’ Or instead of ‘I would like to find a new job in 2017” you could write “I will get my CV in order and go to some networking catch-ups with my old colleagues.” By writing down exactly what you need to do in order to achieve what you hope to, you’ll be well on your way to ticking them off your list early next year.   

What are you thankful for this year? We would love to hear from you in the comments.

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