How to prepare for the New Year
The New Year is nearly here and so there are a few things you could do in order to get prepared for it. If you start the year nice and organised you could make this one of your most organised and productive years so far.
Make a few New Years resolutions
I never really used to make New Years resolutions but this year I have. The key to a good New Years resolution is that it should be realistic and also easy to measure. For example, in 2017 I am planning on doing more French (I’m not naturally good at languages but I would like to be able to speak another language enough to have a reasonable conversation even if I’m not fluent in it). Instead of just deciding to ‘get better at French’ which is very vague I have decided to use two language learning apps and do one section of each of the each day. This should take me a maximum of ten minutes a day which seems realistic and then any extra French I do on top of that is a bonus but isn’t essential as I’m often very busy. By knowing what I should do each day it will be easy for me to tell if I have achieved my target each day, which should keep me motivated. If you decide to make New Years resolutions, try to make them like this so you can keep track of them.
If your New Years resolution is to be more organised then try to make this more specific. Maybe you will spend 15 minutes each evening tidying up, or write (and stick to as much as possible) a weekly plan each week, or maybe you will deal with paperwork within 48 hours of recieving it. Whatever it is try to be as specific as possible so you can keep track of how well you are doing. On a side note, if you are having this as your New Years resolution you might like to join my EAsy January challenge on Twitter and Facebook (although most of the content will be on Facebook) – just like the page to see the full details.
Make a long term to-do list
There are often lots of things which need doing at some point but aren’t especially urgent. Before the New Year write these all down and put the list somewhere where you will see it often, such as a noticeboard. This way you won’t forget these things and can work slowly through the list in spare moments (I know these are often hard to come by!). Add to this list as new tasks come up and make sure you cross off tasks as you complete them.
Make a long term study plan
If you are a student and haven’t already made one, now would be a good time to make a long term study plan. I have written more about this here but basically you should aim to create a rough overview of what you need to be studying when in order to get everything done on time. These are useful for keeping track of everything and save you having a last minute panic about something that you should have started weeks ago.
Tidy up your study area
Again, if you are a student it is worth tidying up your study area before the New Year as you are likely to have lots more studying to do when you go back to school or university and starting off with a tidy space will hopefully make you feel more motivated to study. Try to make sure you have everything you need (books, paper, stationery etc.) nearby so you aren’t constantly getting up to fetch things and getting distracted. At the same time though you need to make sure that you have enough space to spread things out while you are studying (keeping things in drawers, on a nearby shelf, or even in a specific bag under your desk can help with this).
Start making weekly plans
If I had to give one piece of advice about becoming more oragnised and productive, it would be to use weekly plans. They are really useful for keeping track of everything you need to do each day and I also find that having one can increase my productivity because I want to finish everything I have planned for the day. I have written a more in-depth article about how to use them here.
I hope you all have a fantastic New Year, leave a comment to let me know what you like to do to prepare for the New Year 🙂