How I Reset, Refresh, and Realign for a New Year!

The new year is right around the corner, and I while I wholeheartedly believe that you should not wait for the clock to strike midnight to start changing your habits and working towards your goals, I do like to tie up some loose ends at this time.

I really like to take the end of each year to re-evaluate how my current systems and plans are going so that I can adjust them if I need to going forward.

I thought that I would share what this process looks like for me in case some of your were interested!

Declutter and Deep Clean

The first step before I can get started on goal setting is to do a very thorough decluttering of the things I already own. I go through each of my drawers and get rid of the things I no longer need (and either sell, donate, or trash them).

This is vital to me because it helps to clear my mind. I 100% agree with the concept that a messy space leads to a messy mind. I need to be organized before I can get started on defining my goals.

I also go through my digital space as well—I delete files I no longer need, change my wallpapers, clear out apps from my phone, and delete pictures.

I can’t stress enough how important this first step is!


After I’ve gone through and cleared my space, I then spend a day reviewing the past year. 2020 gave me a lot to reflect on, that’s for sure!

I like to first spend 15-30 minutes journaling about the previous year: my overall thoughts, how I’m feeling, what went wrong. what went well, etc.

Then, I pull out my goals from that year and I look over them to see how I did. If I’m being honest, my goals from the beginning of the year aren’t always that relevant to my life anymore. It’s okay for goals to change! I think that’s important to note! But I do still like to see where I thought I was at the beginning of the year and where I ended up. It helps me think about what goals I’m going to set for the New Year!

Visualize and Set Goals

Now we’re moving onto the fun stuff! Before I start setting my goals, I write out a list of my priorities. Everyone’s pillars are going to be different, but this year mine are health/fitness, school/career, personal growth, creative, and “life.”

For each of these, I created 3 main goals that I want to work towards over the year. Then, I create my goals for the first quarter of the year (January, February, March) and I create one smaller goal for each of the categories to help me move towards the main goals!

I also create a vision board for the year—sometimes physically in my journal, sometimes I create a wallpaper for my computer!

This is just a way to be more creative and allow myself to really visualize these goals. They feel more concrete this way.

Content Planning

The last step to my new year planning is thinking of my content! I take a really deep look at what sort of content I’m currently making and I decide whether I’m happy with it or not. Does it provide value? Did I enjoy making it? Do other people connect to it?

Then, I create a calendar for the entire year & write out what blog posts I’m going to write! This is one of my favorite parts of my planning because I get to brainstorm and think about what I want to talk about here!

That being said, I would love to know what you all want to see from me on here! Do you really like tags? Or book recommendations? Or reviews? Let me know!

Do you plan and make goals for the new year? What are some of your resolutions for 2021? Let me know in the comments, and don’t forget to tell me what type of content you want to see more of from me in the new year :)

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