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How to Start the New Year Right

I know Christmas hasn’t even arrived yet, but can you believe that it is soon going to be 2024? There is no reason to wait until after Christmas to start thinking about the new year; let’s start NOW. The start of a new year is one of my favorite times to reflect and set myself up for success in the coming year. Whether it’s decluttering the house, starting a new routine, or simply listing out what you’re grateful for, it can be hard to know where to even start.

If you’re like me, you might be wondering, “How can I make this new year count?” I’ve gathered some tricks to help us all start the upcoming year on the right foot. No grand resolutions or complex strategies here—just a bunch of friendly nudges and habits to set the tone for the next 365 days. While some of them may seem obvious, I figured I would share my tips on how to start the new year right and some of my favorite products that help with that!

Easy Things You Can Do to Start the New Year

1. Review the previous year.

I love the idea of all things new and a fresh start, but the first priority is to take a look back on the previous year. Ask yourself what you did well, what you wish you had more time for, how you improved your relationships, etc. Take a moment to glance in the rearview mirror. Celebrate your victories, learn from the curveballs, and then give yourself permission to move on. No dwelling allowed! While you’re doing this, I would suggest making a gratitude list. List all the things you’re thankful for from the previous year (both good and bad). This will then help you figure out your areas of improvement and what you want to do again.

2. Organize your calendar.

No matter if you’re a digital calendar fan or prefer to write things down on a paper one, I always feel better when I sit down to put everything on it. Set aside 30 minutes to an hour each week to do so. If you plan out your meals each week, this task could also be combined with that! You’ll instantly feel better going into the week ahead knowing what you have going on.

If you do a family calendar or need to start one to remind your husband of things, I’d suggest using Google Calendar. It’s free and super easy to use! Here’s how to share your calendar! I use the Google Calendar, and it is what keeps me on track with my blog, bills, appointments, trips, etc., but my DIL swears by a paper calendar. The Clever Fox Planner Pro is one of the best ones I’ve seen, so if you like a pen-and-paper calendar, try this one out.

Other things to add to your calendar at the start of each new year:

  • Appointments: These days, it can take months to get to see a doctor. Go ahead and make sure you have them on your calendar or set reminders to make the appointments so they don’t fall by the wayside.
  • Birthdays: Make sure you have everyone in there and set reminders!
  • Holiday Addresses: If you received any holiday cards this year, take note of the address and write the information down in a spot you’ll remember, like a spreadsheet. Then, when it comes time to send them next year, all you have to do is verify they are still correct.
  • Reminders from the previous year: Take note of any big events that took place in 2023 that you will be attending in 2024. This way, you aren’t surprised when they pop up again!

3. Move your body.

I know that this is one of those very obvious ones. But I think it should be said! Start small by saying you’re going to walk for 30 min for 3 days this week. Schedule it into your calendar if you need to. That’s what I did last year! I’m also going to start my eating plan back up since I’ve gotten off track recently. I don’t know about you gurls, but holiday gatherings are always good for throwing me off of my healthy eating! If you’re looking for more ideas on how to get active in 2024, here is a post I wrote on Losing Weight When You’re Over 50.

In my opinion, there’s nothing better to motivate me to exercise than cute new workout clothing and accessories. This is also an excellent opportunity to assess what you have in your wardrobe and what you need to pick up. Here are some of my favorite things to have on hand and a few things I’m ordering:

4. Clean out your email inbox.

Use this time to unsubscribe from all of those stores that you were trying to get a discount from once upon a time or all of those random times you signed up for something. This is a great article to help get you started! There’s also a free phone app called Unroll Me that I’ve heard great things about that helps you quickly unsubscribe from unwanted newsletters and sales emails.

5. Prioritize your faith (even when you’re busy!)

It’s easier said than done sometimes. But, one of my favorite ways to make sure I’m prioritizing my faith is by having a devotional and starting my mornings with scripture. I find that when I’m at my busiest, that’s when I need to make the time to put a little bit of quiet time with Jesus first. I’m sharing a few of my favorite faith resources below for you as well to start the new year off right!

More Tips on How to Start The New Year Right

  • Invest in yourself: That could be getting a monthly massage, reading more, getting your nails done, updating your wardrobe, etc. It looks a little bit different for each of us! But, schedule in time once a month to treat yourself.
  • Speaking of investing in yourself, don’t forget to indulge in some self-care from time to time like taking a relaxing bath once a week, giving yourself an at home pedicure, or investing in some new skincare products.
  • Make sure you are getting 8 hours of sleep and that your bed is meeting your needs. Maybe you need a new mattress topper or something as simple as new pillows like these, which have excellent reviews. Since sleep is something that is often overlooked and really impacts your day-to-day life, it is essential to work toward getting a good night’s sleep.
  • Clean out your closet & your house: There are quite a few tasks we tend to put off, and cleaning is one of them. Now’s your chance to declutter all areas of your life. That doesn’t mean you have to go full organization mode and put everything in clear containers. But do what works best for you! Know that this may take several days, and it always looks worse before it gets better!
  • Try something new! Start a hobby like painting or gardening, join a new gym or workout class, take up Pickleball, or whatever sounds like fun to you!

What do you do to start the new year off right? Do you set resolutions for the new year?

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2 Corinthians 3:17

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61 Comments

  1. I highly recommend The Bible Recap podcast. I’m about to finish the year and will be starting over January 1. I’ve learned so much about the Bible that I didn’t know before.

    1. I’ve listened to that before. I just wish it was longer.

  2. Gay Manning says:

    Working thru ur tips for 2024. Having trouble setting up UnRoll app. Will keep trying as my email needs a cleaning 🤗

  3. I noticed people have talked about gratitude journals. I was wondering if you could include one on one of your post sometime for us to purchase. I have never had one and I would love to try one. Merry Christmas! I love your blog!

  4. Question: do you wear different leggings for exercise and just wearing like with sweaters ?

    1. Nope. I wear the same ones for exercise or with sweaters. I don’t like compression leggings, and those are what most people wear to exercise in.

  5. Thank you for all you do to help us!! Merry Christmas! 🎄

  6. We have family for Christmas but when my husband and I were alone for Thanksgiving we enjoyed Chicken and dumplings. Thanks for all your posts, enjoy them, especially the Sunday ones. Karen

    1. lol! So we aren’t the only ones. 🤣

  7. Merry Christmas, Tanya. Blessings to you and your family. Love this post! So helpful. You’re one of those people I know would be my friend if we lived close. You’ve made me laugh and you’ve made me contemplate. Enjoy today with Joe! Make new traditions and cherish the moments ! Happy New Year! 🎉

  8. Merry Christmas Tania🎄

  9. Carol Campolo says:

    Thank you for all your blessings Merry Christmas to you and yours 🌹

  10. Carol Campolo says:

    Tania I Love all of your positive quotes.Merry 🎄 Xmas to you and yours.

  11. NATALIE K says:

    Merry Christ-mas to you and family!!! You are a blessing to me!! Thank you!!!

  12. sue koren says:

    I can’t wait to get organized in January

  13. All good ideas! Thanks for the motivation!! Merry Christmas to you and your family!

  14. Janice Nagle says:

    Thank you for the good suggestions for starting the new year. I find that I don’t live up to new years resolutions I make for longer than 6 weeks. What works for me is one or 2 small lifestyle changes. I also break large jobs into smaller pieces. This year my goal is to weed through my wardrobe seasonally. Each season when I get out the clothing for that season, I will put clothing into 3 piles: keep, donate, throw. at the same time, I will sort the departing season’s clothing in the same way before I put it away.

    1. That is a smart way to weed out your clothing.

  15. Carole from Canada says:

    My word would be greatfull. Be greatfull for what we have because some people don’t have half of what we have and don’t complain.

  16. Great post, I need to read it again with time ! My word is; PATIENT
    I need to be more patient, spouse is not getting things done fast enough or his regular answers; I’ll get to it. Patients 😀I need

  17. At the top of my list is getting organized, one room at a time. You gotta start somewhere!!

  18. Jenniffer Groski says:

    YES!! Love these!

  19. all great tips, thanks!

  20. Kathleen O'Brien says:

    Thank you for this inspirational post. Getting closer to Jesus is exactly what I want to do. I’m scheduling that now first thing in the morning when I awake. Grace is my word inspiration this year, and I will ask for His grace during my morning meditation every day.

    1. We all need His grace!

  21. Tania, thank you for so many great ideas, fashion choices and scriptures from the Bible this year.

    I think my word for 2024 will be LISTEN. I need to listen instead of thinking what my reply will be before they have had a chance to tell me the whole story. When I don’t I usually say something I wish I had not said. I haven’t looked for the right scripture to go with listen but I will find it. I hope everyone has a Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year. 💕🙏🏻

    1. Linda, you are the 2nd person who has mention LISTEN as their word of the year.

    2. Ellen Sorensen says:

      Hi Tania, and Merry Christmas to you and your family!🌟🎄🌟
      Thank you for these great reminders, I especially have to get my calendar set! Appointments do take forever to schedule ! And I plan on finding a cute workout ( for me it will be walking:) outfit. I know I’ll see someone I know out there, and want to look at least a little put together !
      Merry Christmas again, and Happy 2024! 🎉

  22. Good post. I already do what I call my spiritual (Bible reading and study, prayer) and physical workouts. I am going to try not to buy too many clothes and shoes. I’m going to try to stick to quality over quantity. I’m also going to do by fasting from it a few weeks at a time to discipline me. I’m not in debt over it but just because I can afford it doesn’t mean I should over indulge. I’m going to unsubscribe from some sites like you suggested. I hope you have a Merry Christmas and blessed New Year.

  23. Love this post! Thinking of several words for the New Year but haven’t settled on one yet. PEACE. HEALTH. CONSISTENT. I heard someone say LEAP since it is leap year, and we all need to start fresh and just jump in. I’m thinking it over and trying to find the perfect word. There is just so much sickness everywhere. I pray we can all get well and stay well.

    1. I didn’t know it was Leap year, that is interesting.

  24. Diane Southard says:

    my word for the new year is JOY
    I’m ordering the Gratitude journal to get started
    thanks for the tips!

    1. Jenniffer Groski says:

      I did a gratitude journal this year and ordering a new one for 2024. Such a great way to start your day off.

  25. Landy Laird says:

    YES! Great ideas. I told my husband last night we need to take one room at a time and organize and get rid of clutter. Hopefully this is the year!! Merry Christmas to you and your family!!

  26. Rhoda Clrk says:

    Oh wow! This is a great post. So much information that I can utilize going forward. I have always waited til the night before my birthday which is in late January to reflect on the past year, but your suggestions and ideas are so mind opening.
    I’m going to start today and see how much better my next year unfolds. Thank you so much for all of your posts. May you and yours have a very Merry Christmas, filled with all you hold dear.

    1. I’m so glad you liked the post!!!

  27. Suanne Scrogham says:

    Wish we could get some of those analytics for our life 😂 it would be helpful! merry Christmas 🎄

  28. sue koren says:

    I ‘m purging so many things from my house right now – some of the projects are tabled now til after the holidays, but it feels so good to clean out closets, etc.

  29. In 2024 I’m going to add a third strength training weekly session, on Wednesdays. This year I upped my fitness schedule and I feel so much better! Strength training increased my mobility and functional movement. Yay!

  30. NATALIE K says:

    Your absolutely right that we need to review last year first!! Thank you for all your ideas!! My year is going to be better because this year was really hard but I have the Lord which made it bearable!! Praise the LORD!!!

  31. Thank you for your ideas and resources. You gave many great ones so now I can take on a couple that interest me and feel accomplished. I love your positivity!

  32. One of the first things I do every January. is tackle my upstairs linen/ storage cupboard. I check expiration dates on all meds and discard anything I don’t think I will need. It is liberating.

  33. These are all such great ideas. I’m inspired by the Clever Fox Planner and the water bottle with inspirational quotes. Thanks for all of these.

  34. Thank you, a lot of areas to work on for the new year.

  35. Great post. Lots of good ideas that I need to incorporate! Thanks for the tips and gentle nudge to start the year off right! Happy Holidays!

  36. Kendra Nay says:

    Thank you for this timely post. I have plans to organize my January next week. The items you touched in here will help me cover everything.

    Thanks so much.

  37. So many good ideas in this post on how to start a new year off on the right foot. I feel like I spent the entire last year taking care of others. I hope to spend more time on me this year. Specifically organizing my house. Last year was supposed to be the year for that, but it just did not happen for reasons beyond my control.

    1. Joy, some times we just have to roll with the punches. Here’s to hoping this year is much better.

      1. Thank you Tania! You are right sometimes you just have to do what you have to do and change your priorities mid-stream. I just try to remember who is ultimately in charge of our lives and still be thankful for everything I have, even my unorganized house.

    2. It really is a bummer to start with something long and drawn out and then never see it completed. Your ideas are super and non-overwhelming! ⭐️

  38. Linda Shearer says:

    Very helpful post, Thank You!

  39. Linda Pitts says:

    My closet has been getting a transformation to a capsule type wardrobe of classic pieces with neutrals and bold colors too. The inspiration has come from your posts. I’ve cleaned out old styles and donated the clothes to a thrift shop as well as working on fitness. Pilates is my go to for the new year.

    1. Linda, I’m glad that I’ve inspired you. It is hard to clean out your closet, I know I struggle with mine. That is on the agenda for January.

      1. Mary Carol says:

        Would love to help you clean your closet out!! You have some gorgeous things. ❤️

        1. Lol! That funny, but you would change your mind if you saw my closet.

  40. These are great suggestions Tania. Some I already do and several I definitely “need” to do. My one word for 2024 is “Listen”. For a while now I have been feeling the Holy Spirit speak to me about certain situations and I’m not listening very well. Therefore for the past few weeks it is very clear to me that my one word should be a “Listen”. I also need to be a better “listener” as well. As always Tania, you do a phenomenal job on your blog and I appreciate all your hard work that goes into it. I also love to hear your stories and your sense of humor makes me laugh every day. And to save the best for last is your Sunday devotions which speaks to my heart. ❤️
    ~Lisa~