At the beginning of each new year, we get the list ready. Writing a myriad of goals that we feel determined to accomplish. Some goals easily achieved, others that may take a while.
But as we know, life has its own plans and doesn’t play out as succinctly as a written list. We’ve reached the middle of the year and now is the perfect time to check in with yourself. Take the opportunity to make plans for the rest of the year and reflect on what has happened throughout the last six months.
We have a few tips to help you navigate your very own Mid-Year Reset:
1. Take note of your achievements:
So maybe you haven’t achieved every single goal that you set yourself at the beginning of 2022. Guess what? That’s okay! Give yourself extra snaps (thanks Elle Woods) for what you have achieved.
Celebrate your unnoticed moments, they’re triumphs. You make your bed every morning? Crushing it! Tried out that recipe you’ve been desperate to try? Well done. Finally organised that dentist appointment you’ve putting off? Health is wealth! Pat yourself on the back for all the things you’ve done. They’re important.
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2. Don’t forget to rest:
It’s probably fair to say we’re all a little guilty of burning the candle at both ends. Pushing our bodies and minds to go a little further and work a little harder, without taking the time needed to rest and relax.
You may feel your most rested when you go for a walk, after having a warm bath…or maybe watching your favourite tv series for the fourth time. Whatever it may be, make sure you prioritise resting that body and soul.
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3. Get ready to reflect:
Now that you’re rested and (hopefully given yourself little self-love) It might be time to reflect on your goals and reprioritise. Sometimes revisiting your list and re-listing new goals on paper will help you see how much your priorities have changed in the last six months!
Reflecting is such a great way to help us see things we didn’t see before and understand them from a new perspective (a six-month mark perspective!).
4. Declutter and Organise:
“We should be choosing what we want to keep, not what we want to get rid of.”
― Marie Kondō, The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up: The Japanese Art of Decluttering and Organizing
Does anyone else find it incredibly cleansing to do a massive clean out. To finally get that pile of clothes from your wardrobe and sell them at the local clothing markets? Or finally part with that container that has no lid to match it?
At the beginning of the year, we tend to do this as a fresh start! Why not revisit this mid-year? Pick up certain items you saved for a rainy day, and ask yourself: Do I use this? Can I find another use for this? Would someone else find use for this, more than I do?
Find yourself on an endless scroll of watching cleaning and organising Tik Toks? Scrolling and saving, but not finding time to incorporate those hacks into your home? Put a plan in place of when you would like to achieve your organised goals! It makes such a difference knowing that everything will have its rightful place in your home (thanks Marie Kondo). Tidy space, tidy mind. Having an organised home can take one stress off the table.
5. Reassess your budget
Budgeting your funds isn’t everyone’s favourite job but it’s such a necessary part of life. It can take the stress out of spending and help you achieve your financial goals with greater ease. Not sure where to start? A few of these suggestions may help you get started:
- Data dump your expenses monthly - this will help establish a realistic budget and where to go from there.
- Categorise – try and determine no more than 10 categories. E.g. groceries, eating out, entertainment, medical, rent, utilities, travel. Consistently use these categories whenever you are revisiting your budget.
- Benchmark that every month – create a running average for each category. You can then forecast the allocation of budget per category.
If you’re looking more budget inspiration: try reading ‘The Barefoot Investor’ or listening to the ‘She’s On The Money’ podcast.
6. Create your own Mood board:
Get your creativity flowing and put together a fun vision board for yourself. Whether you want to create this on your laptop and sharpen those graphic design skills or if you prefer scrap book style.
This doesn’t have to be your life plan laid out in front of you. Use it as a place to pin or paste things that inspire you. It could be a polaroid of you and your friends travelling (maybe you want to plan a trip soon). It could be cut-outs from magazines or quotes you don’t want to forget. Whatever inspires you, use that space as a gentle reminder for days that are more challenging than others.
@Lobster and Swan via Pinterest
@Lobster and Swan via Pinterest
There is no right or wrong way to embark upon your mid-year reset! These tips are simply a guide to get you started or nudge you in a helpful direction. What ways would you take part in this check in with yourself? It can be as simple as asking yourself “how am I going so far this year?” – and remember to give yourself a pat on the back for everything you have achieved.