With the new year just around the corner, now’s the perfect time to get a head start on planning and preparing yourself for 2020. Whether your goal is to start studying again, take up a new hobby or to be healthier, being mentally prepared and having clear goals can help you along on your journey for next year and beyond. We’ve outlined some of the best ways you can prepare for the year ahead. Review and reflect Reflect on the year that has passed. Perhaps think about: What was successful and what wasn’t successful? Did you meet some, if not all the goals you set for yourself? What could’ve you done better and what can you change for the new year? Giving yourself time to reflect can provide insight to what works for you and what you need to improve on, will allow yourself to seek to new areas of opportunity. For example, if you have a habit for procrastinating, set yourself a plan to complete your task in a certain amount of time. This then allows for time to do something on your ‘wishlist’ previously unachievable. Be mentally prepared It’s helpful to have a clear head before embarking on new goals. This could mean wrapping up all the small tasks you’ve put off doing. For example, you can tidy your workspace, removing any clutter and distractions. This will help to put you in a good headspace. If you have difficulty staying on track or lacking the motivation to complete a task, try creating a plan through your phone calendar app or a physical planner. Note down planned activities and appointments, and schedule in time for new goal-related tasks. Having a set plan can help with establishing a solid routine and lifelong good habits. New year, new goals Setting new goals for yourself can be exciting, just remember not to overdo it by setting too many or unattainable goals. For example, if you’re a recent graduate, you know you won’t be able to become a senior manager in the next year. Always revisit your goals and action plans. Have they changed? And if so, do you need to make adjustments to your action plan? Goals and plans can evolve, so make sure you’re taking into consideration external factors such as family and work schedule when assessing current goals. This will ensure your set plan aligns with your overall goal. Think ahead and plan The upcoming holiday season is a busy period for everyone. It’s a time for festivities and fun with family and friends, and a perfect excuse to unwind! But this season may be the opportunity you need to get ahead, especially when it comes to your studies. This can be as simple as considering potential courses or subjects, organising your study space, as well as having the right study materials and resources (e.g. pens, internet connection, planner). Unwind and recharge Remind yourself to unplug and relax to rejuvenate. Have a ‘staycation’ if you’re not planning a holiday. Catch up on the latest movies or books, reconnect with your friends and family, or just take it easy. Do what you need to do to recharge your batteries to be mentally and physically ready to take on the challenges the new year will bring. If you’re going on a holiday overseas or somewhere away from home, be sure to make the most of it! Stay inspired when planning and preparing yourself for the new year. Be motivated to do as much preparation you can beforehand … and remember to enjoy the holidays; it’s the best time of the year after all! Tell us about your how you prepare yourself for the new year to help inspire others!