Hello, and welcome to 2018! So far I’ve seen a huge influx of positive and uplifting posts on my Instagram and Twitter feeds (let’s pretend Logan Paul and Donald Trump don’t exist for now, shall we?) and it’s so inspiring to see everyone starting the new year with such zest for life. So many of us have set goals and have already started tackling them: if that’s you, then you’re awesome and carry on! If you’ve got plans but haven’t cracked on yet: you’re awesome too. Even if you don’t have anything planned for this year beyond being happy and healthy then that’s something to be proud of and something to strive for. I’m already feeling great about this year and am taking steps to improve my mindset and my approach to life in general.
My main goal this month is to dedicate my time to my 12 Months To Me project, which an astonishing number of people have got in touch about. If you’re unsure what this is, head over to this post to find out how you can get involved with a 2018 self-love project and improve your self-esteem, your organisation, your physical and mental health, your mindset, and help the planet along the way. This January, I want to know what brings you joy and how you find it in your everyday life. Tag me in your posts or use the hashtag #12MonthsToMe.
Staying focused on this project isn’t going to happen without a little effort and hard work, and it’s time I had a life audit: removing distractions and streamlining ways to keep up my motivation.
I’ve listed below a few ways to improve and streamline your mindset this month, to help you stay goal-oriented and to cleanse any annoying distractions that have maybe been plaguing you for months (I’m totally guilty of not getting on top of some of these before now).
- Don’t forget about your goals. Write them down somewhere, remind yourself of them every day, don’t let them fall by the wayside. It’s so easy to get swept up in the #NewYearNewMe hype before the clock hits 12 – but as soon as January hits suddenly it’s just as easy to forget what we wanted to do. Keep your focus.
- Unfollow anyone on Instagram and Twitter who doesn’t inspire you. Your social media feeds should be a place of enjoyment, not somewhere that makes you feel bad about yourself. Delete, unfollow, unsubscribe.
- Delete old contacts from your phone. Who needs their boss from their 2010 summer job in your contacts list, no matter how nice she was? Hit that delete button.
- Create visual inspiration. Want to keep it digital? Head over to Pinterest. More old-school? Make a mood board that you find stimulating, one that will make you want to get up and go.
- Find and follow inspiring new blogs and writers. Twitter is my go-to for awesome bloggers, plus Instagram is a great place to find visual superstars. You can check out my suggestions for amazing ladies to follow right here.
- Write down everyone’s birthdays and anniversaries in a 2018 diary. Get organised so you never feel that last-minute ‘oh shit, I forgot’ again.
- Make a start on your 2018 TBR list – or create one if you haven’t already. Mine is here, for those interested.
- Sign up for a reading challenge. A challenge that you can actually stick to will inspire you to read more and branch out from your usual choices. GoodReads is a goldmine for recommendations and for connecting with other bookworms.
- Unsubscribe from mailing lists, newsletters, and junk mail. They clog your inbox, make you roll your eyes when you receive them, and tempt you to spend money you don’t need to. Get rid!
- Make your workspace a haven. Change your mobile phone wallpaper, freshen up your desktop background. Buy new stationary, pin up some images that stimulate your creativity. Make your desk or your workspace a place you want to sit and spend your time.
Creating and tending to a positive mindset it one of the top ways we can help ourselves hit our goals. Let me know how you plan to stick to your goals this month, and any tips or tricks you use to cleanse unhealthy life habits from your days.