Tips for Making 2021 Your Best Year

It’s hard to believe that this past year has both flown by in what feels like three days while it also felt 319 years long. I don’t know about you, but I’ve learned a lot in 2020 that I hope to implement in my life in 2021. (And no it’s not all Netflix recommendations.) As the Manager of Action Groups including YLS at United Way, I hear from Young Professionals all across our region who managed to have their best year ever, while others are wishing theirs ended on a better note. No matter where you are know this: 2021 IS HERE. NOW. 

So let’s move past the craziness that has happened in 2020 and look forward to 2021. Let’s all hit the reset button and get ready for the best year of our lives yet: 2021.

Here are the best four tips that I have learned to help prepare, practice and be ready to conquer the year ahead. 

Checklists – Make a System

If you are anything like me and feel out of control, or constantly stressed feeling like you are working too hard in every facet of your life – stop. Write down everything you need to do and create a system. Start with simple checklists that you look at each day and just make sure you have everything covered. Whether it’s a work or life list. Simplify your life.

Change Your Attitude

You know that old saying “Fake it until you make it”. Well, why not try that with your attitude too? If you are feeling yourself going into a negative space or just feeling down, fake some positivity. Yes, I’m serious. There is way too much that is happening in the world and make it a goal to be positive and encouraging. It’s amazing how this will help influence your true self, making you feel more positive. The people around you will start to notice!

Set Goals

But wait, the year has already started? That’s okay! Set your goals. Do what works for you. And after you have written it down, put it somewhere you can see it every day. Begin to work on those goals slowly. Is it becoming more social coming out of lockdown? Is it that new promotion you have been eying? I fully believe we speak our goals into reality. Start now!

Get Connected

There is an amazing community of young professionals in the UWCCR YLS Facebook and the Instagram page (links). Make sure you join the group and use its members as resources. Feel free to ask questions, network, join us for one of our monthly volunteer activities or plan ahead to join us for our annual Brews and Brains event in October. We are all in this together, so start engaging. 

Remember this final tip: This momentum from January will help carry us into the year ahead. The idea is to get as much activity and good habits going now! Let’s leave 2020 in the rearview – now is the perfect time to. Our UWCCR Young Leaders Society has a lot to be excited about in the year ahead. I look forward to meeting you soon!

Katie DeMaio

Manager, Action Groups

United Way California Capital Region


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