7 Things You Must Do With The Rest Of 2019
It’s the 1st September today, meaning we only have 4 months left of the year to go. We are already looking towards the end of 2019 and there are so many things still left for us all to achieve and chase after.
Over the past year, my life has grown and changed quite dramatically. My mindset towards life has always been focused on moving forward, growing, and learning new things. But this has really ramped up over the past 12 months. I turned 26 in February 2019 and it made me realise how my twenties are going so quickly.
Concentrating on learning new skills, broadening my horizons, focusing on personal development and building the best future possible for myself has become something I have fallen in love with.
In today’s post, I am going to share with you 7 things you must do with the rest of 2019 if you want to be organised, productive and on the road to massive personal growth as we move towards 2020. I hope you enjoy it and feel all buzzing and inspired by the end of it.
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1. Evaluate Your Progress Regarding Your Goals
Back in June, we did a life-audit of the first 6 months of the year, and created a plan for the rest of 2019. It was section 2 of the life-audit – writing up new goals for the coming months
Now that we have reached the 1st September, it’s a perfect time to evaluate your goals and see how your progress is going.
Use a new page in your notebook and write up a review of your progress on each of the goals you wrote for yourself.
Ask yourself these questions to make sure you understand exactly what position you’re in:
- Have you managed to accomplish any of your goals already? Can you tick any of them off the list?
- Have you taken any steps towards your goals? Is something holding you back from working towards them?
- Do you need to focus more intently, put more time towards them, or bring back your motivation towards any of your goals?
- Do you need to do/buy something to help you achieve your goals?
- Do you need to re-evaluate any of your goals and amend them to make them more realistic, or desirable?
Learning how to properly review your progress will ensure that you are moving towards things and aren’t just writing lists that you ignore. If you are serious about moving towards your goals, then you need to take action!
Procrastination is your worst enemy, and learning to push past it and get things done will be one of the most important skills you will ever learn.
Some people struggle to feel inspired and motivated and think they are happy staying where they are. They think monotony and boredom are a normal part of life. Well, I’m here to tell you that they aren’t! Changing your mindset and learning to be focused, dedicated and humble will always lead you in the direction of growth, personal success and achieving your goals.
2. Begin Planning For Christmas
Buying Christmas presents can end up being extremely expensive. Getting ahead of the game is really important, and the sooner you start the better.
First off, I do just want to make one quick point.
In my opinion, Christmas should be about spending time with the people you love, getting together to have a lovely meal, play games, sing songs, and be happy. I really think avoiding the whole consumerist thing as much as possible is a good move to make.
I’ve overspent many times over the years and put myself out of pocket, even when money was tight.
It can make you feel guilty when you overspend, and avoiding that is easier said than done. The best thing you can do for Christmas is plan, buy early, and buy thoughtful rather than expensive.
In our current culture, being more environmentally friendly, reducing waste and our spending, and looking to be more sustainable is becoming extremely popular. And of course, we all have to get involved because it’s the health of our planet that we are benefiting in the long run.
Christmas is another example of a time when we end up buying and giving gifts just because we have to. We end up receiving handfuls of new things that we often don’t need or use, and that end up being donated in a few months’ time.
Instead, you could decide to buy and make gifts that your friends, family, partner and children can use up, and that are also budget-friendly:
- homemade food – cupcakes, sweets, biscuits etc
- toiletries that are environmentally friendly such as sugar scrubs made from white sugar and olive oil
- wax melts made from coconut oil and essential oils, you can also add a dash of food colouring to make them pretty colours
- glass painted with glass paint to make it look like stained glass, you can do this for jars to make recycled storage pots
Get started planning, getting things together, and being as prepared as possible will help you feel less stressed, more organised, and save you money.
3. Do A Deep Clean Of Your Home
Every few months, it’s a good idea to have a real deep clean of your home. I usually tend to do one in spring, one at the end of summer, and then the odd occasional one when I desire or when it is required.
There are a lot of benefits to performing a deep clean of your space:
- Having a clean home without any dust, dirt and mess is important for your health and well-being when you are within your space. Home is a comfort zone, and taking care of this space is really important to stop you feeling stressed, overwhelmed and out of control. Having a clean, tidy and organised space helps you feel calm, organised, on top of your world, and makes it easier to be productive, to relax, and to move forward with your life.
- You will be able to declutter your belongings and pare down the things that you own. The less you own, the easier it is to keep your house clean. Not only that, but it helps to reduce the stress in your brain and makes you feel happier. Surrounding yourself with things you love and need only, instead of drowning in so many belongings will make you feel lighter and stress-free.
- It helps you to take better care of your belongings, making sure you don’t ignore things that need maintenance work, or need replacing. Sometimes you don’t realise that something needs fixing because it’s just in the background of your home. By deep-cleaning our space, we might realise that we need to replace screws in a cabinet, or replace our toaster etc.
- You will find the process to be quite therapeutic! Or at least you might do if you are anything like me. In general, I don’t obsess over cleaning my home. What with work being crazy, trying to run the blog, have a relationship and a social life, and everything else going on, we prioritise a suitable amount of time for cleaning and that’s it. It’s not the biggest thing I focus on, and there are times where I might leave things to be done at a later date. So when it comes to the deep-clean, I find it really enjoyable to turn the house upside down and getting everything back to a place of as close to perfect as possible.
Getting the deep-clean done every couple of months is a really important thing, and I’ll definitely be doing it before we go on holiday at the end of September.
4. Plan Your Holidays For Next Year
The sooner you get this sorted out the better! You can save a lot of money, hassle and time by just getting things planned out now.
You can get better deals by paying for your holiday early, or at least start putting money towards it now.
Not only that, but you will feel much less stress, and can relax knowing that everything is in hand in advance. I know for me, having anxiety struggles can mean that holidays are actually a source of stress. Travelling gives me a cause for concern, and whilst I love actually being away, getting there can make me panic.
By making sure I at least know where we are going and what the plans look like, I can reduce the stress and worry I feel. It helps me to prepare for the holiday mentally too, and means I can relax more than I would if I left things to the last minute.
5. Make Moves To Be More Sustainable Within Your Daily Life
Now, I don’t want to preach this to you too much. You are likely to be a grown, respectable adult and you know that we need to make moves to be environmentally friendly for our planet.
So, there are a few things that I am looking to do, or am already doing, to be more sustainable within my daily life. I hope that you also plan to make some changes in your life to be less wasteful. Not only does it benefit the planet, a lot of the time it also benefits your back pocket!
Here are some ideas to get you started based on things I do/plan to do:
- Buy washable bamboo pads to clean off your makeup with. They come in a little net bag, and you can just stick them in the washing machine. Not only does it save you money buying cotton pads, but you will be throwing away a lot less rubbish. I’ve just got these from Amazon today, and I’m really looking forward to using them!
- Buy a reusable coffee cup and make my own coffees. This stops me buying repeat coffees whilst I am on the road, reducing waste, and also stops me spending £3+ a day on Starbucks, or £780 approx over the course of a year (£3 x 260 working days)
- Stop buying books and DVDs, as these are all available digitally now
- Getting a metal straw, in place of any plastic straws
- Buying more sustainable fashion, instead of buying cheap, fast fashion items. This is something I really need to do, and is a big focus of mine moving into 2020
All the steps you can take towards being more sustainable and environmentally friendly, the better!
6. Create Your Finance Plan For 2020
Now, I’m not really talking about a monthly budget plan, although you should definitely figure this out too.
What I am talking about is your overall finance plan for the year.
This is basically focusing on a few key areas and figuring out what you want to do and what your financial goals are.
- Are there any large purchases or investments you are planning to make in 2020?
- Do you need to make any provisions for such a purchase? Do you need to set a savings goal for each month?
- Do you have enough in an emergency fund? Is this something you want to focus on in 2020?
- Are you looking to clear any debt? What can you do to make clearing the debt easier?
- Do you need/want to move house within 2020? What do you need to do to make that happen?
There are lots of different points you can explore to improve your financial situation.
Striving to be in a stronger financial position is really important. When I was in my early twenties I ended up in a rather decent amount of debt. All of the decisions I make in regards to my money and my life revolve around my debt, because it becomes a really big responsibility.
Even though I made some really bad decisions that led to me being in debt, I have tried to make smart decisions since then to get myself back to being in a positive financial situation.
I have paid off around £8,000 in the past 2 years, which isn’t too bad considering up until very recently I was only earning around £1250 a month.
By reducing spending as much as possible, working on creative budgets to make the most of my money, and other tactics, I have worked hard on clearing almost half of my overall debt. I’ll sure be planning to get rid of almost all of the rest next year!
Planning your financial goals for 2020 in advance and being on top of things way before they happen means you can relax and know that you’ve made plans to protect yourself. Your financial situation shouldn’t define you, but it should always be a priority to keep yourself safe and make sure you have what you need to live happily.
7. Learn To Prioritise Self-Care & Personal Development
My final point for this post of 7 things to do before the end of 2019 revolves around self-care and prioritising personal development.
Closing out the year with a stronger feeling of self-care and knowing that you are looking after yourself is really important, and should definitely be something to concentrate on for the rest of the year.
Working on personal development, learning new skills, working on your mindset and growing your mind is key to being the best version of yourself that you can possibly be.
We all have days where we don’t feel good about ourselves, or we might meet negative people who drag us down and don’t want us to succeed. Knowing how to defend our mindset from these things is a great skill to learn, and is something I am always working on.
Learn how to care for yourself and deal with the things you need to deal with. Don’t let things get away from you. Write your lists and plan your actions. Do the things that need doing and don’t let anything stop you.
I hope that this post has helped motivate you and make you feel inspired to get going for the rest of your year!