If you’re like me, you see a lot of room for improvement in your life. For me, it was the way I ate, dressed, wasted money, and even the way I took care of my skin. In the midst of depression, I made a decision to make a change and went about setting a year plan to improve myself, one month at a time. 8 months in, the results have already been life changing!
The Year Project: Improve your life one month at a time
1. Set a plan. Write out a list of subjects you’d like to tackle. Each month, focus on one or two things that will help you improve the way you live your life. For example: diet, fitness, skin, and finance. With only one thing to focus on each month, the tasks seem much less daunting.
2. Save your money. It’s tempting to go out and buy things that might help improve your life or to hire experts to give you advice. But breaking your bank will not be beneficial in the end, and there are lots of great resources that you can use for free.
3. Do your research. Read online articles, books, watch documentaries, talk to people, and try things out throughout the month. You can likely find everything you need by searching online articles, your library, or getting ideas from others. And don’t worry if you find the month focuses blending together. Once you start feeling the buzz from conquering your challenges, there is no reason to hold yourself back from the next ones! Just don’t get overwhelmed.
4. You call the shots. Often, when we go through rough times, we seek ways to help us feel in control again. This project was my way of doing just that. So make it your own. Make your own plan and change up the months as you see fit. Unexpected things pop up in life and something that happens to you in month 2 might jive better with your focus for month 7. No one says you have to stick to the original outline. And add things if you feel so moved! You may discover new areas of interest along the way.
5. Tell others. Start a blog, post your achievements on social media, call a friend and tell them the plan. It’s easier to hold yourself accountable when you know others know about it, and their encouragement can catapult your spirits and determination. And you may even inspire them to improve their own life!
6. Don’t expect to become an expert. Just because you are focusing on something for a month doesn’t mean you will have mastered it by the end of those 30 days. This will simply give you specified time to focus on something and can serve as the building blocks for the rest of your life.
7. Don’t quit. Discouragement will happen. It’s impossible to go a whole year without some feelings of backtracking, failing, and disappointment. Some months will go smoother than others, some will feel life-changing while others will pass without much notice at all. But that’s what’s so great about the Year Project; next month is a new month! You may find you are drawn to certain topics more than others and that’s fine. Stay honest and allow yourself to have bad days, weeks, even months.