Changes You Still Have Time To Make in 2016
The majority of 2016 is now behind us. And if that scares you as much as it scares me, that’s a good thing. Because the year isn’t over. There’s still plenty of time to end it the right way.
So rather than putting things off until next year, or shrugging your shoulders at all those optimistic resolutions you haven’t achieved, it’s time to set your end-of-year goals instead.
Maybe things didn’t go to plan this year. Maybe you had perfectly good reasons, or maybe you’ve just been lazier than you hoped. It doesn’t matter now. What does matter, is what you’re going to do in the next three and a bit months.
Here are some general goals most of us have – everything from being happier to decluttering your life – and the simple, manageable steps you can take to tick them off. Because it’s not too late to end the year feeling happier, or healthier, or more creative.
If you want to finish/start that project
- Look back on your resolutions and cut them down into smaller projects – you might not be able to finish your book, but you could write three new chapters
- Set three new goals and give yourself a month to complete each of them
- Or create a general theme to work towards each month (a la The Happiness Project) like ‘Stress less’, ‘Be kinder’, ‘Have a digital detox’ etc
- Want to be more creative? 10 ways to write every day
- Need inspiration? Fun writing prompts
- Want to read more? How to finish a book when you’re super busy
If you want to be happier/kinder
- Try 10 new random acts of kindness
- Related: start sending thank you notes
- Start a gratitude journal
- Reconnect with an old friend
- Think about times when you’re truly happy – excellent advice from Yes & Yes
- If you can’t donate your money, donate your time instead – start at do-it.org or ncvo.org.uk
- Ditch the negativity – avoid people who gossip, try to complain less, and catch yourself whenever you fall into negative thoughts
If you want to create more memories
- Take a photo every day for the next month
- Related: print your photos out, make a photo book or put them on your desk
- Start a bullet journal and document all the big and little things that matter
- Take random videos on your next girl’s night in or family day out
- Plan something exciting in for the next three months – it could be a weekend away, a day trip, or just an in-the-diary, non-cancellable dinner date with a friend
If you want to declutter/simplify your life
- Cancel any unused subscriptions
- Save £2 a day starting now – you’ll have over £200 before Christmas
- Clear your inbox – use unroll.me or a similar unsubscribing list
- Cull your Facebook friend list – get rid of anyone whose posts make you feel icky
- Write down all your social obligations for the next month. Cross out any non-essential ones that don’t truly make you happy
- Saving up? Keep a daily spend diary and write down literally everything you buy, see what you can cut for the next week
- Or get a change jar and make a habit of emptying your purse each day
If you want to get a new job
- Polish your CV now – don’t leave this until you’re ready to apply
- Rally the troops – ask friends to keep an eye out for job openings and think about any connections you have who could help you land your dream job or introduce you to the person who can
- And make new connections – make a conscious effort to network more and get yourself on LinkedIn
- Update your social media profiles – check what’s private and how what your posting could look to potential employers
- Subscribe to three industry publications/newsletters – this’ll help you see what’s out there and mean you’re all clued up when you come to apply
- Think about what you really want to do and create an action plan – what’s going to help you get to where you want to be?
Good luck! Let me know what your end of year goals are and how you’re going to smash them.