• Tosh Patterson

Kickstart the New Year with 3 Self-Care Habits + Make THIS YEAR Easier

Happy New Year Beautiful People!

2021 is LIVE!

A new year.

A fresh start.

Another opportunity to make YOUR LIFE happen, on YOUR TERMS.

But I know how easy it is to get sucked into the highs and lows and ebbs and flows of day to day life. Before you know it you become disconnected from what matters most.

What if I told you that cultivating a simpler, clutter-free life could be as easy as taking one baby step at a time? Would you think I was crazy or would you be willing to take that first step?

Well, something that has helped me remain connected to what matters most in my life is a simple life hack. I’ve been doing this for six years now and it helps me be more intentional.

At the start of the new year, and every year without fail, I do these tasks. I aim to complete them by Jan 5th.

If you’re ready to set yourself up for success, read on!

Do These 3 Self-Care Habits + Make THIS YEAR Easier

1 | Place all important birthdays on my calendar

I write out a list of important people in my life - individuals I want to wish happy birthday. The list typically stays the same, but in some years it shifts as some people cycle off and new people come on. This is natural the friendships and connections shift over time.

For some birthdays, I block off the entire day. I do this for my immediate family -- hubby. And, in some years, mom, dad, sisters if we’ve agreed to meet somewhere to celebrate.

For some birthdays, I block a 30-minute appointment on my calendar. That serves as a reminder to text or call depending on the person. Also, there are a few people I treat to a celebration meal so that reminder turns into a meetup on my calendar.

2 | Buy all cards (birthday, anniversary) at one time

This may be old school, but I still like to send birthday cards via mail. In truth I only do this for a handful of people, as most receive a call or text.

I go to Target with my list of cards needed for birthdays, anniversaries. I select all the cards, which ends up being no more than 8-10 any given year. One year I stood in the card aisle feeling torn about the best card for my hubby’s birthday, so I bought all three and used those up before buying another.

Anyway, when I come home, I place the entire stack of cards into a zip lock bag (to avoid damage) and put them in my desk drawer. Easy peesy.

*Since I’m doing a 90-Day No-Spend Challenge, this year I’ll use blank cards I already have.

3 | Set up doc appts (gyno, dentist, doc)

It’s important to have basic health appointments on my calendar for the entire year. I’ll earmark 30 minutes on my schedule, then call to set up basic doc appointments with my doctors including primary care, dentist, and gynecologist. This ensures basic care is folded into my calendar BEFORE it fills up with everything else. Even if I have to reschedule, that’s okay, because the most important thing is accounting for it on my calendar/making myself a priority.

A few years ago I had a client who hadn’t been to any basic primary care appointments for more than two years, despite having insurance. I asked why and she said, “I’ve been so busy and just didn’t realize this much time passed by.”

Will you try this life hack?

With just a little thought and planning on the front end, you can complete this list in 90 minutes max. So, please, take the time now to avoid the headache and overwhelm later.

Alright, I’m getting to work on this list, hope you are too!