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Get Ready For An Epic 2022 Series

Part 1 – The Wrap-Up

This time of the year is perfect for wrapping up your year and getting ready for the next year.

That’s why I decided to create a 3-part series to help you set yourself up for an epic 2022.

Part 1 is all about wrapping up 2021.

Before you can start planning for 2022, you need to clear the plate. If you want to start fresh, you need a clean canvas.

I’ve put together 5 exercises that will help you wrap up 2021. It doesn’t matter in which order you do them but make sure to do all of them before moving on to part 2.

Exercise 1: GYST Day

 

Even with the best intentions to keep everything nice & organized, it can get really messy somethings.

Life happens, and it’s impossible to keep up with everything right away.

That’s why a GYST day is the perfect start to our Wrap Up.

It’s basically a day where you Get Your Shi*t Together (GYST) & get back on track.

 

 

Here’s what to do:

 

Step 1: Brain Dump

The point of a brain dump is to get all of your to-dos, thoughts, and unmade decisions out of your head. Grab pen & paper and write EVERYTHING down that comes to your mind. No matter how big or small, business or personal.

 

Step 2: Decide what to do with it

Now go through your brain dump. Pick one thing at a time and ask yourself:

Do I want/have to do this?
If the answer is NO – toss it.
If the answer is YES and it only takes you a few minutes – do it.
If the answer is YES and it takes you more than a few minutes, delegate it if possible.
If not, put it in your system.

 

Step 3: Organize it

Now that you have everything out of your head, you need a system to keep track of everything. It’s up to you if you use paper (e.g., a bullet journal) or a digital tool (e.g., Asana or Notion).

 

Step 4: Do it

It’s time to take action.

 

If you need a more detailed step-by-step guide, you can download your free GYST Day Guide. This guide also includes a brain dump trigger list and tips on how you can stay on track.

Exercise 2: Declutter & Organize

 

Shopping can be frustrating. Especially when you look for something specific.

Let’s say you want to buy a pair of jeans. You walk into the store and look around. Piles are everywhere – it’s an unorganized hot mess. And although you know that they’re selling what you’re looking for, you can’t find it. But there’s this cute dress, oh and here’s the t-shirt I was looking for last time …

So either you leave the store with something completely different, with nothing at all, or you spend hours of your precious time looking for these jeans.

In all cases, you’ve wasted time, energy (and maybe money).

The same thing happens when you enter your (physical & digital) workspace.

When it’s cluttered & unorganized, it can be a massive source of distraction, overwhelm, and frustration. Not to mention the time you lose looking for things. Even if it’s “just” 5 minutes here and 3 minutes there – these things add up!

 

That’s why it’s now time to declutter & organize your (physical & digital) workspace:

  • Declutter & organize your physical workspace
  • Declutter your files and set up a filing structure that makes sense for you
  • Clear out your desktop and downloads folder
  • Organize your bookmarks

 

I know that this is not the most exciting thing to do, but it’s so worth it!

Exercise 3: Reflect on 2021

 

Am I the only one who feels like time goes by faster and faster each year (especially the past 2 years)? Didn’t we just celebrate New Year?

So much happened, and at the same time, it can feel like nothing happened.

That’s why it’s important to take some time to reflect on the year. To recall what happened, our achievements, the good stuff, the not so good stuff, how we’ve grown as a person …

So put on your PJs, grab a cozy blanket & your journal, make a hot chocolate and reflect on 2021.

If you feel uninspired and it’s hard for you to answer these questions, look at your calendar, journal entries, camera roll, reading list, etc. All these places are great to bring back memories.

 

Journal Prompts:
  • What went well this year?
  • What did you achieve in 2021?
  • What amazing things happened?
  • What are you proud of?
  • What did you discover about yourself in 2021?
  • What are you grateful for?
  • What did you learn about yourself this year?
  • How have you grown this year?
  • What skills have you learned?
  • What didn’t go as planned?
  • What can you learn from this?
  • What was holding you back?
  • How or what can you improve moving forward?
  • What made you stronger this year?

Exercise 4: How to achieve your goals

 

When we set goals, the big question is, “How do we actually achieve them?” The answer to that question is often not that complicated and right in front of us …

Go back and analyze your wins and achievements for this year (exercise 3). Find out what it was that helped you achieve these things. 

Was it

  • detailed planning
  • deadlines
  • accountability
  • rewards
  • a coach
  • a habit tracker
  • an app

Knowing that and knowing what drives and motivates you will help you achieve your goals in the future.

Exercise 5: Review your tools & systems

 

I love productivity tools, apps & systems. They can make our life so much easier. But they can also be overwhelming, confusing & frustrating when we use too many or use them in the wrong way.

That’s why the last task of the Wrap-Up is to review your tools and systems.

Make a list of everything you’re using.

Then ask yourself:
Does this support me?
Do I like using it?
Do I use it at all?
Do I use tools that have the same purpose? Can I merge them?
Does the system’s setup work for me, or do I need to change it?

I know that this is not the most exciting thing to do* but having the right tools & systems in place makes a huge difference!

* That’s actually not true – I love doing this stuff 😂

Monthly Planning Workbook

This FREE workbook will guide you through my 3 step planning process to help you plan an amazing and successful month.

GYST Day guide

This guide will help you get back on track with everything that's going on in your business and personal life.

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