5 Ways to help end 2020 right

2020 has been a tough year for us all.

But it doesn’t have to end that way.

Lots of us are talking about how 2021 is going to be so much different. It will be a new year full of new possibilities.

How we end this year will catapult us into 2021. End the year on a bad foot and you might carry that bad energy into the new year.

So how can you end 2020 well? Here are five ways:

 

1. Go Ahead and Set Goals

If you don’t start thinking about your goals for 2021 until January 1, you’re too late.  Start thinking about what you want for the new year now.

Some people like to find alternatives to new year resolutions and prefer something like choosing a word to define the year. Others like to pick a few habits to start rather than setting lofty goals.

If you are on the goal-setting train, here are some good ones for 2021:

Save x amount of money for y
Start investing
Start your own business
Buy your own place
Start a fitness routine

Whatever your preferred method, start now. Craft a vision for yourself. You don’t have to wait for the new year. Don’t be afraid to dream big, either. Own what you want.

2. Chart Your Path Forward

Once you have some goals – or at minimum, a focal point – get to work figuring out how you’re going to get there. Vision is nice, but a plan makes it a reality.

If you’re planning on saving some money or paying off debt, calculate your total amount remaining. If you want to save up to buy a home, use an HDB loan calculator to check your affordability. And if you want to get fitter pick out a workout routine that you can commit to on a regular basis.

Big and lofty plans are great, but you’ve got to do the work to get there. Fail to plan, and you’ll find yourself off track a few months into the year.

3. Leave 2020 Behind

If 2020 was a bad year for you, its time to forget about it. Move forward. This process begins now. You don’t have to wait for the year to turn.

In order to move on however, you must deal with your emotions. Think about seeing a therapist, sitting down with friends, or journaling.

And speaking of sitting down with friends, if you’re currently isolated (or re-isolated), don’t let that be an excuse not to invest in relationships. Technology has come too far to allow yourself to be lonely.

Don’t forget and move on. Deal with it and move on.

4. Give of Your Time

Another goal many like to set at the start of the new year is volunteering or serving others. Again, guess what? You don’t have to wait.

Giving of yourself and looking outside of your own situation will do wonders for your spirit as this year comes to a close. It will give you fresh perspective and change the way you see the world around you.

Think about:

Tutoring children who really need it
Helping someone start their own business
Delivering food to elderly relative ot neighbour

A lot of this can still be done despite our current situation. Many organizations are shifting to digital and making it work.

5. Invest in Your Community

This too will involve giving of your time, but might involve some more creativity. Your community might be hurting during this time, too. What can you do about it?

Maybe you can simply join an organisation and start volunteering your time. But maybe you have a gifting or a solution that will help your community bounce back in 2021.

Think about how your area has been hit. Which industries have suffered? What neighborhoods have been affected most?

And then brainstorm some ways you can help pick your community up. Or simply lend a helping hand. Get others involved in your vision.

Don’t just end the year well for yourself; help your community finish well, too.

Finish Strong
If 2020 has been challenging for you so far, you have the power to change it. It’s not over, and you don’t have to wait for the start of the new year to make changes.

Set some goals for the new year, plan out your vision, deal with 2020 – but leave it behind, give yourself, and consider how to help your community.

Do these things, and you will end this year on the right foot

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