Blogmas Day 1: 6 Things To Do Before 2018

HAPPY BLOGMAS! This is the first post in a series of 3 posts for the next 3 days that will help you to start 2018 strong. You will be making your own rules and navigating new adventures in no time!

The new year is quickly approaching and you may feel like you just don’t have IT together. We often have a hard time pinpointing what IT even is. In order to reach those goals you set and feel clearer and more mentally free this upcoming year, I suggest that you do the following things. Trust me, you’ll feel better starting the year as strong as you plan to finish it.

  1. Minimize It feels amazing to get rid of all the items you simply don’t use whether that’s clothing, household items, shoes, electronics, books. Get rid of items you don’t need and make space! You will feel so much mentally clearer without those items. I will be doing a post soon on how minimalism can really significantly impact your well-being.  I have really tried to minimize my belongings and it has taught me to appreciate the things I do have, value quality over quantity, and to give myself fewer choices. This works.

2. Visualize Create a clear vision of what you want your life to look like. This is different from goal-setting. Visualization means being able to see a picture in your mind of what your future looks like. There is power in turning your dreams into goals and goals into visions that you can actually see in your life. This is a sure way to move closer toward the accomplishment of your life goals in 2018.

3. Organize & Declutter  Your space is a reflection of what is going on in your mind. Whenever you feel unbalanced or unorganized, take time to evaluate your physical space whether at work, school, or home. You will find that often times your space reflects your mental state. A cluttered and unorganized space can cause you to become mentally unorganized and sometimes even overwhelmed. Don’t go into the new year with revised goals, new visualizations, and the same messy, cluttered space.

4. Set Goals or revise your current goals. Write down actionable daily and weekly steps toward those goals. Read my post on How Goal-Setting & Daily Reflections Will Change Your Life. for more on how to set goals effectively and reflect on them daily.

5. Get a Planner & Start using it  Choose a planner you feel comfortable with since you’ll have it for a whole year and start using it faithfully. Use it for appointments and important dates but also for to-do lists that are aligned with your goals. It is helpful to write down your various goals in your planner for a daily on-the-go reminder for yourself. Really organize your time and you will feel a major difference in how you manage that time in the new year.

6. Improve or Create a Self Care Routine I can’t stress the importance of self-care enough. Develop self-care habits that you do every day or every week that refresh your mind and body. For example, Wednesdays are for deep conditioning your hair and Tuesdays are for polishing your nails and exfoliating. Self-care is so important to our mental well-being and developing habits around self care forces us to make sure it is prioritized. If you don’t feel good, then you can’t be as effective in any area of your life.


What are some other must-do’s in preparation for the new year? What goals have you set or revised? What planner do you use that you find is most effective in keeping your time managed well? What are some components of your self-care routine?


Thanks for reading!

Lacey Alanna






Published by Lacey Alanna

Writer. Adventurer. Educator.

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