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5 Ways I am Getting My Shit Together for the New Year

The roller coaster that was 2016 is almost over. Thank goodness. Now I am trying to gain some footing to prepare for the new year. I am getting my shit together for 2017 with 5 useful tips. If you struggle with anxiety, this will hopefully help you manage it better.

I am getting my shit together for 2017 with 5 useful tips. If you struggle with anxiety, this will hopefully help you manage it better.

I am learned a few things about myself and what rituals make my days more productive than others. I hope these tips will help you manage your days and stress more efficiently. There is always room for improvement. Don’t worry about dwelling on the past. It’s wise to acknowledge the lessons you have learned and keep moving forward.

There is always room for improvement. Don’t worry about dwelling on the past. It’s wise to acknowledge the lessons you have learned and keep moving forward.

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1. Setting Goals.

I must admit… setting goals is one of my favorite things to do.

I love the stage of visualizing the life and things I want in it. Creating vision boards showcasing the goals I want to accomplish and creating to-do lists to help me get to it all. 

I love being able to display my goals in my office to remind me every day of what I am working towards. I found this cute Etsy store Unique Signs & Design that creates custom memo white boards.

5 Ways I am Getting My Shit Together for the New Year

I ordered a 20”x24” stripe and floral memo board with my blogs name added! I love how professional it looks. Isn’t it pretty?

After my whiteboard arrived, I went to Aaron Brothers to get a frame and was able to take advantage of a 50% discount on their frames during the holidays. I am setting my goals in style for the new year with this chic framed whiteboard in my office now.

5 Ways I am Getting My Shit Together for the New Year

2. Creating a budget and sticking to it every month.

Finances were never my strong suit growing up. I was never really a fan of math in school as a kid or young adult either.

My family didn’t have a lot of money when I was young. Sometimes there were some panic moments that still haunt me. This “lack mentality” wiring of my young mind made me dread looking at my bank account, to be honest… I was living paycheck to paycheck and stressed the hell out.

Not the best way to live if you struggle with high functioning anxiety. It was like a rollercoaster of emotions every single month. I had to take the bull by the horns and face my fears. Now that I stay on top of my budget and finances it gives me peace of mind. 

5 Ways I am Getting My Shit Together for the New Year

I started planning out my budgets a couple days before a new month begins on a helpful app called EveryDollar. It helps you great a zero based budget. Essentially, giving each dollar a job for your even make your income. 

This made me realize how much money I had been letting slip through my fingers. I was so happy to get back on top of my finances and haven’t looked back since.

Creating a budget is so essential and it really does help map out if there are areas where you can cut corners if needed.

3. Purging Excess stuff in my home.

As a Libra, I need balance in life. I am realizing as I get older that clutter in my home really clutters my mind. Scheduling a home clean out ever 90 days is something worth scheduling. I have a hard time decluttering when it is just me.

That is why I bring in reinforcements. My sister is great at getting rid of stuff I don’t need.

5 Ways I am Getting My Shit Together for the New Year

4. Workout daily.

I get paid to workout now and I never knew I would love it so much! It’s pretty amazing!

It has helped me tremendously with boosting my creativity and suppressing my anxiety and stress I may be combatting

Whether I am working at my kickboxing studio or my home workouts. I now have the body I have always wanted! I am not skinny. I am strong! I stay accountable and have surrounded myself with 2 amazing supportive communities that make me want to be better every day.

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Working out has helped me resolve a majority of my stress and helped me bring my anxiety down to a really manageable level. It’s interesting to see how I feel on the days I don’t workout vs the days that I do.

I am going to do my best to make working out an everyday routine. Not always an intense workout. I really want to improve my flexibility. 

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5. Planning out my day the night before in my Day Designer.

This has helped give me so much peace of mind. This is my second year of using the Day Designer and I love how this planner is laid out.

Not only is the Day Designer gorgeous… so it feels like an ongoing art project when I am planning my days. It is also beneficial to prioritizing your top 3 priorities of the day!

This planner helps keep me from getting overwhelmed. 3 To-Dos a day is not too many.

If I can get more done then AWESOME!

If not, at least I got my top 3 checked off the list. I will then restructure the following day with the items I didn’t complete the day before.

5 Ways I am Getting My Shit Together for the New Year

I challenge you to implement at least 2 of these 5 things into your life and let me know how it goes for 30 days! Wouldn’t it be an interesting test? Why not give it a try?

Let me know in the comments below which of the 5 tips you will adapt to your everyday routine!

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  • Rhonda Daniel says:

    I started last year strong and then fizzled out. I think that a good night’s sleep is very important. We really need to invest in another mattress as well.