How to End the Year Strong: Kicking Goals and Prepping for 2019

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Towards the end of the year, it can be tempting to write off any goals from earlier in the year that we haven’t yet achieved. Didn’t develop washboard abs by February and get a promotion in April? Well, we sigh, there’s always next year.

However, we all know it’s silly to wait around til January 1st to work on our goals. Even though there’s “only” two months left in the year, you can still make a solid sprint towards the finish line. Here are some ways to wrap up your goals and achieve some new accomplishments in the remainder of 2018 and avoid the feeling of failure come December 31st.

Tie up loose ends
There’s something oh-so-satisfying about wrapping up the year neatly and starting a new year totally fresh. Go through the little things on your to-do list that have been bothering you for months and see what loose ends you can tie up. This could include things like renewing your Working With Children Check or First Aid Certificate, cancelling that membership you honestly never use, finally updating your LinkedIn or finishing that self-development book you’ve been meaning to read all year.

Stay focused
While it’s important to treat yourself, don’t let the silly season detract you from the goals you’ve been striving towards all year. Learn to say “Maybe next time” or “No thanks” if people around you are always coaxing you to have a drink, join them for a smoke or to indulge in junk food with them, or try make plans that don’t revolve around the vice you’re trying to quit.

There’s nothing worse than holding onto baggage, be it physical or emotional. In November, try decluttering your physical space as well as your mental space by unsubscribing from spammy emails, donating clothes you haven’t worn in at least 6 months, unfollowing social media accounts that don’t add value to your life and digitising receipts and paperwork. This allows you to enter the new year feeling ready for all its possibilities instead of being weighed down by the past.

Identify what’s held you back
Wondering where the year went and not feeling satisfied with what you’ve achieved so far? Reflect on why this may have happened. Did you say yes to too many things and therefore lose sight of your priorities? Were your goals so nebulous that you didn’t really know how to go about achieving them? By working out what went wrong this year, you can set yourself up for a better start in 2019.

Keep a ta-da list
Sounds corny, but hear me out. The problem with to-do lists is that as soon as we tick off one task, we have three more that we have to add to the list. This can be demoralising, making you feel as if you’re always racing to catch up but never quite making it. Instead, move everything you tick off into a “done” list to remind yourself of your progress. Bonus tip: try to keep your to-do lists to just 3-5 tasks a day so as not to overwhelm yourself.

Review your year
Wrap up 2018 by taking a trip down memory lane. I like flicking through my journal to see how my thoughts and feelings developed throughout the year, as well as going over all my happy snaps from the year. This year, I’ve also been using 1 Second Everyday to capture the little moments.

What are you hoping to get done before the end of the year? Drop a comment below!

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