I can be very goal driven. I am on a diet, I am in school, I run a blog and I have a lot of personal goals regarding my mental health. But I also have very low will power and fall off the “wagon” so to speak very often in regards to pretty much any goal I make.
I’ve fallen off the diet wagon, the blogging wagon, the youtube wagon, the drinking wagon. Any goal you can think off, I’ve made it, and forgot about it. So, although I’m not exactly a pro at finishing goals, I’d say I am a pro at making and starting them.
“well, it’s Thursday, so I’ll wait til Monday” or “I’ll write tomorrow because it’s already 8:00 pm” or “next semester I’ll try harder, but this one is almost over”
Does this sound familiar? I bet it does. I think it’s normal to an extent to want to start at the beginning of the day, or the week, or the month, or the year. New years resolutions bring this sort of whimsy that goals made any other time of the year just don’t. It’s this feeling of a fresh start, of new beginnings.
But who’s to say you can’t feel that fresh start sort of way on a Wednesday, or a Friday, or half way through a month. Who’s to say you can’t start right now, and still feel that excitement that comes from the beginning of the year.
Here are some easy ways to feel like you’re getting a fresh start, even if you aren’t.
Buy a new planner or start a new digital planning system.
It is very true, that making lists and planning things out creates the illusion of productivity. I don’t exactly know why but writing a list of to-dos and checking them off makes you feel some type of way. You feel like you could take over the world. I know planners typically start at the beginning of a new year but there are plenty of customizable ones out there. And who says you need to start planning on a Sunday or Monday? Who cares if the first few days of the week is left blank in your planner, start today, and enjoy the weird euphoria of checking off your to-do list.
Rearrange your working space/living space
My boyfriend and I share an office in our apartment. We have two desks on opposite walls, so we work back to back. When I feel like I need a fresh start I will clean the absolute heck out of that office and then rearrange my desk layout. I also put a new picture on the wall above my desk (just a printout from google with an inspirational quote does the trick). This also gives me the feeling of newness and fresh starts.
Spend the day before the “fresh start” taking care of yourself
The last thing I want to tell you to do is wake up on the day you want to use as a fresh start and run yourself into the ground. A good way to avoid this is to take the day before your fresh start and pamper yourself. Take a bath, read a good book, paint your nails. Anything that makes you feel good.
Revisit WHY you want to make these changes
I decided I wanted to quit drinking for the month of March on a Tuesday. I decided that I needed to do it for me and I couldn’t wait until March 1st. If a goal is important to you, you don’t need to wait until Monday or next year or next month. Take some time to sit down and really think about the goals you want to accomplish. Write down your “why”. Why do you want to make this change?
Deep clean your space!
I’ve said It before and I’ll say it again. A tidy space is a tidy mind. I grew up in a household that was never clean, never tidy, and always cluttered and it definitely made it harder to get that “fresh start” kind of feeling. Now that I live alone, I try to make sure before I start any goals or any big projects that my place is clean and tidy. Kind of like how making lists creates an illusion of productivity, having a clean living space creates an illusion of a fresh start. Again, I don’t exactly know why, but it does.
Remember, you don’t have to wait until Monday for a fresh start, any day can be day one. A quote that sticks in my head is “day one or one day. You decide”
Take care of yourself