I know this past year has been hard on a lot of us in different ways. However, one thing I took from 2020 as a learning lesson was to appreciate everything I do have. I read this quote on Instagram that went along the lines of “I thought 2020 was going to be the year I got everything I wanted but instead it was a year I started appreciating everything I already had.” I think this is such an important learning lesson, especially during such an unprecedented time like living through a pandemic.
Now that we’re entering the new year many of us are probably hoping for a better year with new beginnings. I know I sure am! That’s why in this week’s blog post I wanted to give you 8 tips on how to live your best life in 2021.
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Track your accomplishments
Either in a planner or a journal, start tracking your accomplishments. You can even do it on your phone if you’re not a huge journal person! Track your accomplishments so you can go back and see everything you’ve achieved at the end of the year. In high school, every year I would keep a jar and write down any accomplishments or good days. Then on New Year’s eve, I would read them all and remind myself of how great the year truly was. It’s easy for us to forget the good things in life, especially when surrounded by so much uncertainty and fear. This is the planner I will be using for 2021 and it’s perfect if you’re a blogger or influencer! If you want a regular, not social media themed planner this is also a great option. They were also super nice and even gave me a 15% off code exclusive for my readers!
Be intentional with your life and the relationships around you. I learned this in 2020 and I’m hoping to continue to work on it in 2021. You can be intentional with how you live your life by making decisions based on what really matters to you. Don’t keep saying yes to things that don’t fulfill you and your future dreams.
Another important aspect is to be intentional in your relationships with others. I’ve been learning how important this is after moving away from all my college friends. I realized how we have to put in the extra effort since I’m in New York while they’re in Boston. This means talking to each other often whether that’s texting or a weekly facetime call. I was never a big fan of Facetime, but learned pretty quickly that I needed to get on board. Not only is Facetime easier than texting but it’s better at keeping a connection. I’ve heard of so many people lose touch with their friends after college because of the distance. However, that’s something I never want because of how much I value those friendships. So, if you have friendships that you want to last a lifetime be intentional with them and put in the effort to keep them going!
Sort out your priorities
Going off of our last point, you need to be wise about your priorities. I always talk about prioritizing your life and what truly matters to you. Sometimes we get caught up in the social scene of college and neglect our studies or we prioritize people that don’t make the same effort for us. This is definitely a learning curve but in 2021 get into the habit of sorting your priorities out. What matters to you and will fit into your future plans? If something isn’t fulfilling you or going to benefit you in the long run, it’s time to think if this person, item, or habit is worth bringing into the new year.
Have a gratitude journal
This is something I truly love the idea behind, especially after the year we’ve all had in 2020. I won’t speak for everyone, but one thing 2020 has taught me is how I have so much in life. Despite having a rough year, I had my health, and my friends and family. So. I really did have a lot to be grateful for. So that’s why one of my goals for 2021 is to be more grateful and also keep track of everything by writing it down so I can go back to it. I think this is a great idea because you can look back at the end of the year and see all the great things in your life!
Originally, I was going to do this in a random notebook but I’m so glad I got my hands on a gratitude journal from shoplovetagency (the same place I got my planner from). It’s such a cute journal and I love that it’s dedicated to only things you’re grateful for. I think it’s a great way to live your life with more positivity and I know I’m definitely more likely to keep up with things like this when I have a cute journal to do it in! *Remember you can use this link to get a 15% off coupon*
I know goal setting might not be for everyone but I love it because it holds me accountable! I wrote a microblog here about the benefits of goal setting. Also, remember that you don’t need the new year to set goals!! and your goals don’t have to be these huge milestones in your life! You can have “small” goals and keep adding more goals as the year goes on.
I can write a blog post about goal setting if that’s something you guys would be interested in, please let me know in the comments or on Instagram!
What I like to do is write down my 2021 goals in a journal and then at the end of the year check them off if I accomplished them. If I don’t accomplish them, which happened with my 2020 goals, that’s fine! I’ll simply move those goals to my 2021 goals if it’s still something that matters to me.
Start a new healthy habit
The new year is the best time to start a new habit and sticking to it! It’s a new point in your life and almost like a fresh start. I love to think of a new year in that sense because it motivates me even more to become a better version of myself. Your new habit can be as small as trying to drink more water or writing in a journal. If you need more ideas make sure to check out my 10 Healthy Habits To Start in 2020 blog post that I wrote last year!
Live in the moment
2020 helped me realize how important is it to live in the moment. I’ve always been someone who says “I’m too busy right now, I’ll do it next month when my schedule clears up.” Or when I was in college last year I would always tell my friends I’m going to focus on school now and then during summer 2020 I won’t say no to going out. While it’s good to focus on school I feel like I never lived in the moment. I always expected there to be a tomorrow or next summer but in reality, you never know what’s going to happen. So, 2020 really helped put things into perceptive for me. Going forward I told myself I would try to live more in the moment and I recommend everyone doing that up to some extent!
Take a risk
Going off our last point, I know it’s hard and scary to take risks but what do you have to lose? Apply for that job that you might not have the right number of experience for or start that side hustle. You never know how much potential you truly have if you don’t put yourself out there.
After graduating college in May of 2020 I’ve been working really hard at taking more risks. I’ve applied to jobs out of my range, worked on my social media as a full-time job for a few months just to see how I felt about it, and created connections with people I probably wouldn’t have if I stayed in my comfort zone. So if you need a sign to start that new blog, create a vlog channel, go to grad school, ask for a promotion, switch out of that major you absolutely despise, this is your sign to do so!
That’s it for this weeks blog post, I hope this helps you navigate 2021. Have any other tips for success? Make sure to comment them below. I hope the new year is filled with amazing opportunity and growth for all of you♡