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How to REALLY get a head start on the New Year in 7 Steps

Last Updated on 27th December 2018 by Sophie Nadeau

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Forget New Year’s resolutions. (How many people keep them anyway?) Instead, start getting a fresh perspective on the year to come from today. After all, good habits are formed (and easier to keep) by repeating the same small actions on a daily basis. Here’s how to really get a head start on the new year in 7 easy steps:

Don’t sweat the small stuff

I’m guilty of this one, and I’m sure you are too! Stop sweating the small stuff and instead start focusing on the bigger picture. Of course, with some tasks, it’s all about focusing on the smaller details. But in general, focus on what’s important and stop worrying about all the little things; you’ll thank yourself later on!

Drink more water

We could all do with drinking a little bit more water. Between busy schedules and a million things on our plates, it’s hard to remember to keep hydrated. But your body and mind will thank you for it later on! Keep a cup of water on your desk and a water bottle in your bag.

Set a reminder to drink more water on your phone if you have to. After all, a hydrated mind is a more focused mind! If you want to be a little more eco-friendly this year, then why not also invest in a reusable water bottle? I also own an Ecoffee cup and find it perfect for taking a tea or coffee with me to work meetings and the like.

Burrator Reservoir: visiting the prettiest body of water in Dartmoor National Park, Devon, England: edge of the lake

Get more active

And no, I’m not talking about buying yourself that gym membership you’ll never use! Instead, set yourself smaller goals such as using the stairs more than the elevators, or walking or cycling for more of your commute to work. Plus, taking a green mode of transport will definitely help reduce your carbon footprint!

If you can, enlist a friend to help you and hopefully as a buddy to work out with. Go on walks, cycle with your family: try and be more active in little ways rather than in larger ways you won’t be able to keep up or maintain. Set yourself small goals and they’ll soon become habits that are easier to keep.

Read more & Give yourself some time offline

Make 2019 the year you read more. Put down your phone every once in a while, take a break from the news and log out of your Social Media accounts. Instead, invest in some quality time with a good book and a cup of tea (or soft drink).

You’ll soon find that this little bit of relaxation in the day is a wonderful break from staring at a screen. Alternatively, if you’re pressed for time, then consider reading a book on the commute to work instead of looking at your phone screen all the time.

If you own an iPhone then monitoring your screen time and blocking the amount of time you spend on each app couldn’t be easier (here’s a tutorial.) All I’m saying is: give yourself a little time away from the internet every once in a while… Looking for some reading inspiration and love travel? Here are the very best books about Paris!

Abbey Books: A Vintage & Antiquarian Bookstore in Launceston, Cornwall

Purchase a planner

If you really want to get a head start on the New Year before it even arrives, then purchasing a planner (or at least download one from online)! Even if you’re ‘not a spreadsheets’ person, buying yourself a planner for the new year will help you keep track of appointments, important dates, and to-do lists. If you want to truly go old-school when it comes to documenting the new year, then perhaps you should consider creating a travel diary.

Cut out some of the coffee in favour of tea (or even a herbal tea)

Coffee is a stimulant, meaning that it’s full of caffeine and can affect your sleep. Caffeine can also affect your mood, increase anxiety levels and give you headaches if you consume too much of it. Instead, switch out some of those energy-filled coffees for some less caffeinated tea.

Better still, drink some herbal tea (chamomile and mint are both great options) to ensure you stay better hydrated and your energy levels stay more level. Ditching the coffee and switching to tea is one of those easy detoxes you can make without being too hard on yourself…

Plan a trip somewhere new

And it doesn’t have to be far away either! Is there a quirky café nearby you’ve always wanted to check out? Perhaps there’s a local historical monument, building, or national park you’ve always thought your best friend would love to see. So plan a little trip somewhere new, something to look forward to in the new year…

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About Author

Sophie Nadeau loves dogs, books, Paris, pizza, and history, though not necessarily in that order. A fan of all things France related, she runs when she's not chasing after the next sunset shot or consuming her weight in sweet food. Currently based in Paris after studies in London, she's spent most of her life living in the beautiful Devonian countryside in South West England!

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