By Anne B.
Happy Almost New Year, Ramblers!
It’s that time of the year when we’re all rushing to get the last few things on our 2018 To-Do list checked off. But, as the holiday cheer and the new year quickly approaches, it is also the time of the year when we’re starting to daydream about all the things we want to do in 2019.
While Santa is checking his list twice, you should be beginning to list everything you want to do in the coming year, and I mean everything, the whole shebang. Even if a little high voice inside your head is saying that you’ll never find the time or motivation to do it, list it anyways. You’re much more likely to actually go through with all the activities you want to do if you physically list them.
The time between Christmas and New Years, called Romjul in Norwegian, is often a period of time where you are in limbo. Should you stay by the fire and continue eating all those Christmas leftovers or should you venture outside and use the short time off you have to do some activities? But what activities will you do? I mean holiday-related activities are weird to do now since Christmas has gone by, but you can’t really start your New Year’s resolutions either because who wants to start these things early, right? As I said, Romjul is a state of limbo and you often just end up doing nothing because of indecision. Thus, these 6 days of limbo are perfect for getting inspired and planning the coming year!
If you find yourself in limbo during this year’s Romjul, then I challenge you to create an inspirational plan for 2019 during that time! To help you with this little challenge, I’ll share with you what I’ll be doing to get inspired and how I am going to plan my 2019 so that I stay inspired throughout the year.
Lists, Lists, and Lists
I mentioned earlier how you should list everything that you want to do in 2019, and I wasn’t kidding. One way to get inspired and stay inspired during 2019 is to create several lists and check them off. I mean, what’s more motivating than the desire to cross off something on a list?
The type of lists you compose will depend on what your 2019 inspirations are. Personally, I will be creating lists for traveling, things I want to write, activities I want to do, workouts I want to try, shows I want to see, foods, drinks, and recipes I want to try, crafts I want to make… I think you get the idea.
A great way to keep track of all of those lists is to have one journal dedicated to them. If you prefer keeping things digital, Google Notes is a great place to have lists or you can simply use an excel sheet.
I am a sucker for youtube videos that have to do with inspiration, starting your business, and organization. On top of that, this time of the year is when a lot of YouTubers share their 2019 aspirations and vlogs of them planning for the new year. I guarantee that if you watch videos like those, you’ll find inspiring activities that you want to add to your 2019 lists.
Some of my favorite YouTubers are Lavendaire, Kalyn Nicholson, Rachelleea, Rachel Aust, Rowena Tsai, and ILikeWeylie. Every time I watch their videos, I feel inspired and motivated to do the things I’ve been wanting to do. That, and I also feel more motivated to get my sh*t together, or GYST as Kalyn puts it.
I find that youtube videos are more inspiring than movies because they are more relatable, but there are some great movies out there that can also inspire you to shake things up in 2019. For instance, any movie that is about a person losing their job or someone dear, and then turning their life around or following their true passion will probably cause a few inspiration sparks to go off.
Choosing the Right Planner
Picture this: you’re sitting by the fire, deeply buried under cozy blankets, and writing down all the marvelous adventures that you want to experience in 2019. As you write more and more awesome ideas for the new year, your excitement and motivation explode and you now have this feeling of anticipation for the new year.
Now, where you could you possibly write all these inspirations down? Oh, I know. That planner you bought two months ago because it was on sale and you wanted to get a head start on outlining your 2019. Well, the good news is that if you haven’t touched that planner yet, or maybe don’t remember where you put it, it’s not too late.
Many people underestimate the power of the planner. Whether it’s a planner you buy at the store, a bullet journal, a digital planner, etc., a planner is an amazing tool for taking control of your life and time. These days, it feels like there is never enough time. Between work or school, social media, social activism, and just doing the everyday necessities in order to survive, it’s hard to fit in your bucket list items. This is where your planner comes in, especially before the new year actually starts. During Romjul, get out whatever you use as your planner and schedule all the activities you want to do in 2019. For instance, if one of your bucket list items is to travel to Europe for two weeks, then pencil those in. And then, write a reminder several months in advance to ask for that time off. Scheduling your bucket list throughout the whole year is also a great way to stay inspired and eager all year long.
Personally, I like having a store planner because I have trouble making the time to create bullet journals. I can be a perfectionist, so when I tried doing a bullet journal, it took a lot of time and often brought more frustration than relaxation, which is what bullet journaling is supposed to bring. Anyways, I was wandering around a bookstore the other day looking for a gift for my boss when I landed on the perfect planner for me. It has 2019 holidays, 2019 overview, a special dates section for each month, and each month spread out on two pages followed by a goal tracker and month review. After the December calendar and month review, it’s like other planners. You have one week on each page with lots of room to write your daily activities. At the end of the planner, you have a rate your year page, a bucket list, a to-do and not-to-do list, a budget tracker, some graph paper, a notes section, some small encouraging stickers, and then a little folder to put papers in.
In case you can’t tell, I’m very excited to start using this planner. That’s another reason why choosing the right planner is important. Sometimes, just having a planner that visually inspires you, will inspire you and get you excited about all the amazing things that have yet to come.
Well, those are my favorite ways to get inspired for the new year. Let me know what you guys think and what your 2019 plans are!
Before I leave, look up and to your left, put your hands on your hips, and cue the inspirational music as you stare off into the future. I wish all of you ramblers an amazing and inspirational new year!