10 Tips to stay organised in 2023
As we dive into a new year, the repercussions of another busy festive season may start to take a toll on your mental and physical health. You’ve had your fun in the sun, eaten your fair share of festive feasts, and played your part in keeping the liquor industry stable for another year. Now it’s time to switch from your holiday state of mind into a ‘new-year-new-me’ energy. And we’re here to help your fresh start with 10 tips on how to reset for the year ahead.
1. Disconnect from tech
Give yourself a break from technology with a digital detox. Disconnecting from technology is on par with hitting the reset button on your brain. When you step away from screens and notifications, you’re giving your mind a much-needed break from the constant stimulation and distractions of the digital world.
That’s a no to smartphones, computers, tablets, television, and social media. Briefly abandoning your devices will allow you to let go of the stress and anxiety of being connected 24-7. Seriously, your mind will thank you for the days of notification-free living, and you’ll give it a chance to focus on the present moment with a clearer mind.
2. Minimise the alcohol
Alcohol and the festive season go hand in hand. During this period, your liver has likely worked overtime to keep up with the demands of your social life. Now it’s time to recover. Whether you ditch alcohol altogether or cut back on alcohol consumption, you’ll welcome the benefits of an improved mood, better sleep, a fresher mind, and more energy.
Plus, quitting alcohol is an excellent opportunity to try new things, experiment with non-alcoholic drinks, discover new hobbies, save money, have more control over your actions and farewell the filthy hangovers.
3. Make a pact to stay organised
One way to ensure you stay on track this year is by making a pact to stay organised. Make a schedule for work, exercise, travel, socialising and self-care; then stick to it. Pop a calendar on your fridge to plan your days, weeks and months and stay ahead of deadlines and budgeting.
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Life sure is a lot easier for the organised women of the world!
4. Clean up your pantry
When we refer to cleaning up your pantry, we’re not talking about giving it a once-over with the trusty Spray n’ Wipe (although, feel free to do so if that feels good for you). We’re talking about cleaning up the food items in your pantry and making your kitchen a healthier place.
With the beginning of a new year comes the opportunity to reset your diet. Load your pantry and fridge with plenty of healthy whole foods, vegetables, fruits, nuts, legumes and fats. Don’t bother buying junk food. If it sits in your pantry, constantly in sight, there’s an absurdly high chance you will consume it.
5. Set your intentions
When did you last jump into your car, ignite the engine, and pull out of your driveway without a destination in mind? The answer is never. Because you don’t drive anywhere without a clear intention of where you’re going first. It’s the same concept for most things in life.
Moving forward in life means setting clear goals and intentions (and even a few new year’s resolutions for those who swing that way). Whether it’s ticking off personal goals for relationships and travel or professional goals for your career and finances; if you want to reset and get ahead in 2023, take the time to set some solid goals with an easy-to-follow action plan.
6. Decide what to leave behind
Let us confirm one thing; future you does not need the distractions of past you. Reflect and ask yourself the big picture questions. Who in your life is serving you? What in your life has a purpose? If any aspect of your life is draining your energy or making you feel less than awesome, it’s time to reassess. It’s a total “If it’s not a f*ck yes, it’s a f*ck no” mentality for us.
7. Get your health sorted
Nobody wants to enter a new year with the same pains and headaches as the last year. So, one essential thing you can do for yourself as the new year kicks in is to focus on your health. Start by setting specific and measurable health goals, such as losing weight, reducing stress (learn about mindfulness techniques for women), and improving your diet. Then make a plan to stick to regular exercise, healthy eating, and getting enough, high-quality sleep.
Consider seeing a doctor for a check-up to help identify potential health issues and ensure you’re up-to-date on any necessary health checks. Lastly, make time to take care of yourself using relaxation and self-care. If you need help with time management, eliminate time-consuming pharmacy visits with access to Youly’s online birth control, meds, and medical certificates.
8. Set a good morning routine
A daily routine can be life-changing. It sets the tone for your day while offering the benefits of increased focus, better productivity, reduced stress, and feeling more in control of your time.
To create your morning routine, maintain a fixed bed and waking time, avoid hitting snooze, refrain from using your mobile device, enjoy the morning sun, exercise, meditate, and eat a nourishing breakfast. The order and time frame of your morning routine will depend on what works best for you. If you find it hard to stick to your morning routine, it’s time to simplify it.
9. Revisit your values
Twelve months is a long time. With the ebb and flow of general life, many changes have likely occurred over the past year. Sliding into 2023, it may be time to revisit what’s important to you now. Lay it all out on your favourite notepad. Where are you now, and where do you see yourself moving in the future? Who are you now, and who do you want to be in the future? What values are going to help get you there?
10. Clean out your wardrobe
We’re all guilty of a bit of hoarding activity now and then, especially when it comes to our wardrobes. So, set aside a day to sort the clothing and shoes in your wardrobe. Do you need those denim flares at the back? Is that pair of wedges really going to make a comeback? Those neglected items collecting dust deserve a new life. So give them a cycle in the washing machine before donating to a local op-shop or selling on your fave online sales platform for a few extra bucks (that you’ll probably spend on more clothes, let’s face it).