How to Get Your Life Together for 2016

How to get your life together for 2016
2015 has been a great year for me: I was accepted into the #1 Journalism school, purchased my domain, moved into my first house and have been selected as a speaker for a conference on women’s leadership. But, even with all of those accomplishments, there were moments were I felt lost and felt I wasn’t accomplishing the goals I set for myself. As a junior in college I often get worried that I don’t have it all (what I want to do with my life) planned out, and I know a lot of my friends do too. But luckily, we can use 2015 as a learning experience on how to make 2016 better.
If you feel like you’re in a rut or just don’t know what you want to do, here are some tips to make sure 2016 is a great year:

Get Inspired

First you have to figure out what it is that you want. It always helps be to visualize things so I like to create Pinterest boards of things I want to accomplish or goals I have. If you want to make this more hands on you can create a physical vision board and print out images or get them from magazines.

Or you can look up articles on people who are in your field or related field, or who have accomplished what you’d like to. For me, those people are Emmelie De La Cruz, Rhonesha Byng and Meagan Ward (you should look them up!). This helps you understand that your goals are tangible and you have the power to achieve them.

Create a Plan

Now that you have an idea of what you’d like for 2016 (if you don’t, leave a comment or email me, I’m happy to give you advice), it’s time to get to work! The reason so many New Year Resolutions fail is because a lack of planning.

Break your ultimate goal (or goals) into manageable chunks that you can divide into the 12 months (or whenever your deadline is). Your ultimate goal should be specific enough that the breaking down part will be easy. For example, instead of  “I want to start my own business in 2016” go for something like “I plan to open a bakery that specializes in gluten free items,” then your chunks could be getting your business license, raising money if you plan to have a physical location, and building your clients.

Step Out of Your Comfort Zone

None of this will work if you don’t give it 100% and that means stepping outside of your comfort zone. You can’t keep doing the same thing but expect different results. Take that leap of faith. Apply for that internship you don’t think you will get. Buy that gym membership. Talk to your teacher about starting new research. Whatever it is, I believe you can do it.

Tell me how you plan to make 2016 a great year! I’ve even made a template for you twitter users:

If you’re not on twitter, leave a post on my Facebook page 

Get to planning and keep me updated!

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