Sunday, 22 December 2019

20 Thing To Do Before 2020 To Simplify Your Life

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I don't think I can actually believe we are so close to the year 2020! It feels like only a few years ago that we were welcoming in the year 2000. The end of the year is the perfect time reflect on 2019. Finish this chapter, this year and this decade and prepare ourselves for 2020

I've come up with 20 things to do before 2020 to simplify your life and get the new decade off to a great fresh start. I've broken them down into some more simple categories to focus on.


1. Go through your photos. I don't know about you, but my phone has so many photos that my laptop can no longer sync with the volume. I have started going through and deciding what to delete and what to save. I took so many video clips of the pub being refurbished that I have made them into a little video which we can share and look back on and deleted the rest. The 1 Second App is also a great way to store your memories. Alternatively, upload photos to social media, then you can remove.

2. Clear your phone of contacts you no longer need. Sticking with phones. I went through and found I had people on my phone. I couldn't remember who they were or they were for things I had been working on but are now complete. Also, some people who I know I will never contact again. Delete.

3. Clear your inbox and unsubscribe to mailing lists. Read, reply or delete. Then go through your emails and unsubscribe to anything which no longer interests you—a perfect fresh start for 2020.

4. Declutter your home. Is there any area of your home that feels cluttered or messy? Put the stopwatch on your phone and spend 20 minutes decluttering that area. Then donate anything you no longer need or want. You will thank yourself for the stress-free environment you have created in 2020.


5. Write down 20 things you're grateful for.

6. Take a 20-minute walk with no distractions. Look around you and really appreciate nature.

7. Write your vision of what your ideal 2020 will look like. Do this as a more extensive task than just goal setting. Dare to dream.

8. Set yourself a self-care challenge.  For me, this is journaling and reading. I want to journal daily again. As for reading, I didn't quite make my Goodreads challenge by one book this year, but that's ok, I can set another challenge for 2020.


9. Organise your paperwork. After spending days surrounded by invoices, I have gone through and scanned everything and filed it ready for our VAT return. Going forward, I will deal with them regularly and keep everything organised. Organising paperwork is a massive way to reduce stress and clutter.

10. Review your finances. We have had so many changes this year, it's been challenging to keep track of what payments are due and how much they are for. I've been creating a spreadsheet so I can track everything.

11. Is there anything you need to address or prepare for financially? 2020 will be the first year I need to file a tax return. I also need to explore some form of investment as I am no longer paying into a pension.

12. Write out your budget for 2020. Look at the money that you have coming in, going out. Then work out what do you want, or need to do with that money?


13. What are your specific goals for 2020? How will you achieve them?

14. What do you need to get done in the first quarter of the year? For example, I need to sign up to our local doctors, dentist, etc.

15. Schedule appointments. Again as with regards to what I need to get done. I need to book in hair and dentist appointments. If you have time to get, them done before 2020 all the better. If not, get them planned in your diary now and get them out of the way in January.

16. What do you want to learn in 2020? Is there a language you've always wanted to learn, or is there a hobby you've ever fancied taking up? Check out local colleges and groups and plan how you're going to achieve it.

17. Purge your to-do list. Have you had things on your to-do list for what feels like forever? Do them or delete them if they aren't essential—Start 2020 with as much of an empty list as possible.


18. Reconnect with old relationships. Is there someone you haven't been in contact with for so long? This time of year is an excellent time for reflection and reminiscing on past times and friendships and loved ones.

19. Conversely, is there someone in your life that for whatever reason, the relationship needs to end? Is it a toxic friendship or a relationship that you know is going nowhere? This is the perfect time to finish that relationship and start 2020 afresh and with an open heart and mind.


Reflect on 2019 and the decade as a whole. How old were you at the start of 2010? What were you doing? Think about how things have changed, what you've achieved and what you still want to make. Just take a moment to pause.

I'm so excited to see what 2020 has in store!
Lots of love, 
Helen x


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