how to prepare yourself for the new year


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It’s that time of the year, when the OOO goes on and its time to chill out after a hectic year at work/university/life in general. During this time of the year, its my Christmas break from uni, which is the time I usually like to clear-out my room, organise things and prepare for the new year for a fresh start. I’ve complied my top tips on how to prepare yourself and your working space for the new year, without having to tip everything over.

1. Tidy your space: There’s really nothing worse than trying to get work done in a messy environment. I always like to start these clear-outs by tidying my desk space, wiping it clean and throwing away the odd bits of post it notes, receipts and notes. If you use a notice board, clear that out too and take down the stuff that aren’t relevant anymore. In my case, I use a wire rack type thing that’s hung up on my wall which has my uni deadlines and reminders on there.

2. Make a list of the things that needs to be done, that you have been putting off.. and actually do them: I feel like everyone has those little bits of admin boring stuff that is on your to do lists all the time, because they need doing, but you always put it off. Making a list of all of those and being able to see it visually will help you initially do them and you’ll feel even more satisfied once you tick it off from your to do list.

3. Use a weekly planner to organise your days: I like to use a weekly planner to schedule what I’m going to be doing for each day of the week, so its easier for me to get going with the tasks. I use this weekly desk pad from CGD London (gifted) to plan out what I’m going to be doing each day, during that week for my blog/instagram work. I prefer seeing my to do lists visually on my work desk, as its easier for me to refer back to it every now and then and tick some things off. This desk pad has the 7 days of the week listed vertically with enough space to jot down your tasks, and a part on the side to write down the general things you want to get done that week. I’d definitely recommend it to anyone who is a visual worker and likes making to do lists for your work.

4. Make a list of the goals you want to achieve in the new year: One of my favourite things about January is being able to set new goals for the new year and being motivated by working towards them. One of the biggest advice I can give is to set realistic goals that you know are achievable instead of big, vague ones.

5. Have a clear out of your products: Whether thats beauty products like makeup, skincare or your toiletries, clear them out and throw away the ones that have expired or the ones that you have kept for a very long time. I always find that I toss out a few products here and there that I’ve been keeping for too long, makeup in particular.

6. Have a switch up of your work space: I love moving around things form my dresser and desk and creating a different space with the decor bits that I have. You don’t need to particularly buy new things for this, just using what you have like candles, pen pots frames etc, it’s always nice changing up the decor in your workspace to make it feel like new.

I hope you enjoyed reading this blog post and are able to apply some of these to your life!

Ayse Merve x


32 responses to “how to prepare yourself for the new year”

  1. Graysbygrace says:

    I don’t know but there is always something that goes wrong with weekly plans. It is as if they slow me down but I don’t really know what is the problem.

  2. juliandee says:

    I really love how easy it is to read the article and how doable all of your suggestions are! I think it’s quite easy to create goals and resolutions and its difficult to actually maintain and monitor them but your suggestions such as cleaning up the workspace, listing what needs to be done, creating visual goal trackers makes it easy to monitor and be consistent with whatever you want to choose for the coming year. I definitely love the weekly planner you have!! <3

  3. glowsteady says:

    Having a clear out of your products always makes you feel fresh and ready for a reset. I love the look of the desk planner too, it would come in so handy x


  4. These are awesome ways to prepare for the next year. Changing spaces on the desk is one of the lists because it feels fresh. Thank you for sharing it!

  5. Sahara says:

    Yes to tidying up your space, it honestly makes such a difference working in a messy environment compared to working in a nice clean environment. Making lists is literally the way forward for 2020 – the satisfaction of crossing something off the list!

    YES YES YES – weekly planner, i’ve been meaning to get more organized with my bullet journal, I’ve been neglecting it for a bit so should really start outlining for January! One page that’s definitely going to be on there is a gaol page, the very first page actually! I’ve never made a goal list before, so I’m curious to see how this will go setting them from the beginning of the year.

    I always move around my workspace, from cafe’s to libraries! Although I prefer the library, sometimes a little change of scenery is great!


  6. These are some great tips! I am a fan of lists, they certainly help keep me organized. I love that you talk a lot about clearing and cleaning, as it feels good to start the year off fresh. When we take the time to focus our space we feel it within as well 🙂

  7. Lellalee says:

    I love getting organised in the New Year! I need to get me a planner – I have so many bits of paper with plans/ideas I can never find them! I really need to mix up my workspace and have a bit of a change – new year = new fresh start! xxx

  8. Nancy says:

    I love these tips on planning for the new year! I totally agree with using a planner. It helps keep your life organized and you don’t need to worry about forgetting. Thanks for sharing all of these tips! 🙂
    Nancy ♥

  9. Good article. I’m facing a few of these issues as well..

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