To be quite frank, 2021 has been a really tough year for just about everyone. There was a lot of hope that 2021 would improve as the world took hold of the Covid-19 pandemic, but various variables and new emerging problems made it a huge challenge. As the calendar for 2022 approaches, we are all looking forward to a better year to come.
If you want to make 2022 better than 2021, you can’t wait until things get better. You have to look for opportunities and take advantage of them directly. You can control the direction of your ship instead of letting a storm carry you away. This guide will help you prepare yourself for the best year of the decade so far:
1. Make better plans
The first thing you need to do is to sharpen your time management skills. How you use your time will directly affect your success in 2022. Using your calendar to make better plans will keep you energized and engaged every day of the new year.
Start by scheduling any upcoming events you’ve already planned. Work schedules, holiday events, doctor’s appointments, etc. This will give your calendar some good bones to work with.
Next, find ways to improve the plans you’ve made. Need to better coordinate with your team for an upcoming business meeting? Should you reschedule so that it doesn’t take up much of your day, allowing you to be more productive? Small adjustments like these will actually be added over the 365 days of the new year.
2. Change the way you think
You have to start 2022 with the right mindset, or at least make an effort to maintain a positive mindset. Sure, this is easier said than done, but if you start changing the way you think in January, you’ll be a new person by December. It’s time to get rid of the agony and gloom that settled in your subconscious mind.
A simple way you can use to try to change the way you think is to use daily affirmations. These are the small phrases or phrases that you repeat to yourself to keep your mind clear and your spirits high. Negative thinking and self-talk will not get you far, as is very evident from years past.
An example of a daily affirmation you can use is “I can do this.” Instead of assuming that the task at hand or a global situation is too difficult to handle, you calmly remind yourself that you can do so much more. Whisper this phrase to yourself enough and you’ll replace negativity and doubt with courage and drive.
3. Get out of your comfort zone
In the past few years, it has been very easy to turn to our comfort zones. Since we were in a shelter during the onset of Covid-19, we have been reluctant to dream, do and discover. Getting out of your comfort zone won’t be easy, but it will set the stage for a year full of energy and fun.
Take a look at the blank spaces on your calendar and start brainstorming ideas to fill them in. Perhaps it’s time to try speed dating for the first time or consider attending a boxing class as part of your New Year’s resolution to get back in shape. Under normal circumstances, you wouldn’t dream of pursuing such activities, but you never know what you’re missing out on until you venture out into the unknown.
Getting out of your comfort zone is usually easier with a friend, especially if you are moving from your comfort zone to their comfort zone. For example, you might have an avid rock climber friend who wants to show off the ropes, both literally and figuratively. You can coordinate out times with them and get a companion to accompany you while trying new things.
4. Prioritize yourself
Nothing is more important in 2022 than yourself. If you prioritize yourself this year, you will see a lot of improvements, especially in your physical and mental health. It is possible that these two aspects of your life have been negatively affected by Covid-19 and other challenges in the past two years.
Find ways to use your calendar to put yourself first. This can be done by planning specific personal development activities or creating habits and routines that promote wellness and growth. Here is a list of ideas you can use to fill out your calendar and use it with your priorities:
- Make time to exercise every day
- Develop a good sleep routine
- Set a regular mental health day
- Get advice and guidance as needed from professionals
- Make time for the things you enjoy
- Create a meal plan for healthy eating
Each of these points is an example of something you can do in 2022 to take better care of yourself. This will raise your mental and emotional health which will enable you to enjoy a more enjoyable year. Setting your priorities will also build a strong foundation for many years to come, not just for the next 12 months.
Nobody can promise that the events of 2022 will be better. However, you can control your destiny to make this year much better than last no matter what happens. All it takes is some grit and determination, even on the toughest days. Of course, your calendar has all the tools you need to achieve anything.
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