It’s the middle of the year, so what about resetting your life for the second part of 2021?
If you’re new here, my name is Anna; welcome! Here it’s all about minimalism, slow living, and personal improvement!
Okay, guys, it’s mid-2021, and I think we need a really good reset.
For the record, I did my reset last week, and it was a huge one! But no need to do a huge reset if you don’t feel so.
But for me, it was necessary. I did a mini reset in December for the new year, but I didn’t do it for six months, and I really needed to it.
I spent the first part of the year totally obsessed with my side hustle, and I didn’t take any real-time to pause and think about myself.
And last week, it was too much, and I decided to do a reset.
I was in the middle of my launch, and it didn’t do well. So I decided to stop, put everything down, and start thinking about simplifying and having more time for myself. And actually, it was the first since January that I was really happy. Just happy to have time for me, to just enjoy life.
In my blog post about slow living, I told you that I wanted to slow down this year. And it’s not really what I did. I kind of slow down, but I put all my heart into my side hustle, and it wasn’t a good idea!
If you’re like me, you move forward without raising your head. And finally, you stop doing what you do because you feel exhausted, depressed, and can’t move forward anymore without a huge, huge reset. And it’s precisely what I felt in May. I was completely on my online course launch, I worked so hard, and I wasn’t able to just stop and check my feeling and my thoughts.
And I was in a really bad state. So I’ve decided to stop my launch and to take care of myself.
So if you need any ideas to reset your life and start on the right foot, keep reading.
I also created a checklist you can download. It’s a checklist to help you think about everything to reset your life and have a fresh start.
Here’s what I did to reset my life for the rest of 2021:
I finally took care of my apartment
I left a bunch of things during one or two months because I didn’t have the time to do it or because I procrastinated. So for 4 hours, I take care of my plants, cleaned up my kitchen, made my laundry liquid, and so on.
So I finally take care of my plants, and I felt so good. I kept watching them every day, and I told myself that I needed to give them water and rearrange them. And taking care of them was some sort of meditation. You just think of your plant and anything else.
It’s something I want to take care of more because it makes me so happy to see more new leaves! And I have this new one that I love. Even if I told myself that I wouldn’t buy new plants this year (the new one is from my boyfriend), I realized it’s something that brings me a lot of joy, so I think that I will buy one or two in the next few months.
I tidied up many things, like in our living room, and I even declutter a lot too. It’s crazy to think that I did a big declutter in January, I sorted more than 500 items, and it’s still always the mess. We accumulated too much in so little time.
So yeah, I take care of my house, and I clean up a lot, and I felt better right away. It’s really like when you don’t have clutter in your space; you have less clutter in your mind.
I eat way better
It’s not really a reset but it was also the mess with food during one or two months. We accumulated so much food and finally, we didn’t touch it because we didn’t have the energy or the will to cook. So we ordered food a lot.
Fortunately, it’s food that goes out of date in a long time. So we don’t really waste food (because I really don’t like that) but we waste so much money on bad food because we didn’t want to take only 10 minutes to cook. It’s crazy. And it was like that every single week.
So to stop waste money on takeouts, I made a list of all the things we have in our pantry and I planned all of our meals with what we have.
And since then, we eat healthily and we don’t waste money on takeouts.
It’s good during your reset to empty your fridge, your freezer, your pantry and to plan some dinner with just what you have without buying anything else. You will save so much money!
I checked all the boxes of my brain dump list
In my video about minimalist productivity, I told you that it’s great to have a brain dump list on your computer, your phone, or your notebook to put ideas on what you need to do and stop thinking about.
So during my reset week, I took my brain dump list and I checked what I had on my list. Most of the time, it was things for my apartment, but it was also to plan doctor appointments, do little things to organize my computer, and so on.
Actually, each thing took me less than 15 minutes to do but I felt so relieved when I finished it.
I won’t wait 6 months the next time to complete my list but I love this system.
I took some time to journal
I didn’t take time to journal for a month. The last date was April 28th.
So during this session, I reflected on what I did, my thoughts, and my projects for the last 6 months. It was a huge session, I wrote a lot about how I felt, what I did wrong, the decisions that I made, and so on.
Then, I asked myself how I could simplify things or even delegate things to not fall into the trap of doing everything and anything. Have more time for myself and won’t end up in the same state.
Since then, I tried to journal every day or when I really need it. And actually, I need it a lot… Even twice a day sometimes.
I went outside to just enjoy
Okay so, another thing that I did is to just went outside and enjoy. It’s the perfect way to think about yourself or just not think at all and reflect on your last months.
We have a beautiful park just at 5 minutes in walk and it’s not something we do a lot. But this week, I’ve decided to take my book and to read for an hour in the park. And it made me so happy.
It’s also something that I want to do more with the beautiful days that will come.
One of the benefits of doing it is to remind yourself that happiness can be simple. We chase possessions, big house, success but actually, I was happier when I was reading in the park than when I worked like crazy to have more money. So think about it.
I reflected on my 2021 projects
One of the things that I did was to put all of my projects right in front of me and make a list of the things that I need to accomplish.
For each project, I give myself a realistic timeline. And I also delete some of them.
One of the problems with the last six months was that I gave myself non-realistic timelines and I had too much on my plate to do things right.
So I gave myself goals to achieve, and I make a list of how to achieve them.
One of the things I learned in the past few months is to be focused on what you can control so for example make 10 videos for youtube or post on Instagram 4 times a week and not on the results or the analytics that you can’t control. It’s something I need to remind myself a lot but it changes my perspectives.
I made a digital declutter
In the past few months, I used a lot of files, photos, videos, and honestly, my computer and my dropbox were a mess.
And organize my computer was one of the things I put in my brain dump list.
So I took some time to delete the files I don’t need anymore and organized all my stock photos. I created a system to find my photos and my b-roll quicker.
I also deleted all the unnecessary photos I had on my phone.
I made a list of all the things I want to do by the end of the year
When I finally decided to postpone my launch, it was a day I didn’t work and I found myself doing nothing because I didn’t know what to do. You know when you’re working on something for months and when it’s done you feel lost!
So I’ve decided to make a list of all the things I want to do by the end of the year.
On this list, there are for example: do a yoga class in a studio, read at least 2 books a month, or even book some holidays.
It’s a really great thing to do because you realize what you really want and you take action towards what you want.
I plan one day of reset every month
And the final thing I did was to plan one day of reset every month.
And for that, I want to thank you Gina, and thanks for your comment, she gave me the idea of plan one day of reset every month. It’s a great idea to not fall into the trap of not thinking about yourself for months and months. And because you don’t have to feel you absolutely need to do a reset to make one.
So I planed on my calendar a Sunday a month during which I will do pretty what I told you before to reorganize everything to start the new month on the right foot.
Tell me in the comments below how you do your own reset, I’d love to now.
Don’t forget to download your checklist!