Alas, this year is almost at an end and thankfully we’re still standing! With only a little while until the year comes to a close, now is the perfect time to reflect and kickstart 2022 on the right note.
However, it’s totally normal to feel confused about how to approach any of those things. After all, the last 2 years have showed us that literally anything is possible. So in the spirit of Christmas, giving, and our general mantra of Getting Sh*t Done, we’ve collated some helpful tips on how you can reflect and step into 2022 with clarity.
Reflect on 2021 First, Before Starting 2022
Hindsight is a powerful tool. Before you think about your new goals and what you’d like to achieve in the new year, it’s beneficial to reflect on the year that was.
By knowing what worked and didn’t work for you in the year that’s been, not only are you better placed to set clear goals and intentions for the new year, but it’s also easier to set up comprehensive plans as you’re more aware of your own boundaries.
There are many ways you can approach this period of reflection. We personally recommend using a notes journal to record your thoughts, because sometimes going back to basics (pen and paper) is best. Some questions to ask and answer could be:
- What good things happened in your life this year?
- What didn’t go as planned, and how did you adapt to the situation?
- What brought you joy on a daily basis, especially when times became tough?
- What are you thankful for?
- What would like to leave behind in 2021, and what would you like to take forward into the new year?
- If nothing was off limits in 2022, what would you do?
Start With a Bhag for 2022, Then Break it Down
BHAG stands for “Big Hairy Audacious Goals”. It’s those ambitious, hard-to-reach goals that may take months, even years, to accomplish. But that’s why they exist – challenging goals are what help us move forward in life. They are integral to our self development and growth.
When you’re thinking about your BHAG, don’t be afraid to reach for the stars! Think big. Think limitlessly. Aim high. They are supposed to be a little bit crazy – in fact, that’s what makes them so fun.
Once you’ve figured out what it is, the next step is to break it down into smaller goals. Each small goal should bring you one step closer to your BHAG, and they should be a lot more realistic and achievable. With every big goal you have, consider having 1-4 smaller goals that help meet it.
Then, break it down even further. But rather than create more goals, make a list of daily positive habits you can do everyday and easily stick to. These could be tasks like writing a to-do list when you wake up, practicing morning meditation, spending a few minutes every night tracking your progress for the day and more. This can all be easily and effectively recorded in our daily planner time blocking pad where you can plan your schedule, list the tasks to be completed and outline the habits you want to cultivate. When it comes to daily positive habits, the world is your oyster, provided they somehow relate back to achieving your BHAG and smaller goals.
Tip 3: Start 2022 Only When you’re Ready
Now we don’t mean this in the literal sense, because 2022 will start whether you’re ready or not. What we mean by this is don’t feel pressured to start the new year with a bang if you’re not feeling ready.
Resting is still an important act, and one should never underestimate its benefits. Sometimes, the best ideas, intentions and goals occur naturally during periods of rest and relaxation.
So with that said, rest as much as you need. Reflect when you feel like it. Give yourself a digital detox. Take time out to recuperate and recover from the crazy year that was 2021. You definitely deserve it. Start tackling the excitement of 2022 only when you’re truly ready. As the famous saying goes, Rome wasn’t built in a day.
Start 2022 on the Right Note, With the Right Stationery Products
In a perfect world, we’d be able to get everything done ourselves, but that’s not the case. We all need some help every now and then. To keep yourself accountable and consistent with our goals, we recommend using a 2022 planner or 2022 diary.
Use them to plan your schedule, organise your monthly commitments and track all of your progress from beginning to end. Seeing all of that important information on a daily basis not only keeps you accountable and consistent, but also shows you what areas you’re excelling in and what needs to be improved.
Have a look at MiGOALS’ best planners 2022 to invest in the planner that’s right for you to make your next year the best and most productive it can be.