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2019: Let’s Start The Year Off Right

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Ayyyeeee It’s 2019! Happy new year! We’re back and it feels great! Yes, yes, I know we’re almost at the end of week 2, but hey! We have 50 more weeks to go so  it’s never too late to start things off right.

Here are a few tips and tricks to ensure the year is as smooth and productive as can be:

Break down your goals and aspirations

We all have goals and aspirations but how many times have you written goals down and not attended to them enough to bring them to life? I for one, am guilty of dormant goals; but over the years I’ve realised that I am more inclined to work on my written goals. I make them a little less cumbersome. Break macro goals into micro action plans. Action plans could be daily, weekly or monthly tasks.

Let’s look at an example- say your goal is to launch a blog, you write it down somewhere and look at it everyday. But you’re not likely to do much about it except just look at it and wish for it. Unfortunately, wishes are just what they are… Wishes. But if you were to write down some practical steps and timelines, you’ll need to facilitate the launch of your blog (e.g. research blog topics, research existing blogs you like, write articles, figure out your niche, decide on a template, get advice from pros etc). You’ll be more likely to launch the blog timely. The same concept would apply to other scenarios, such as starting a business.

Adapted from Medium

Practise self-reflection and gratitude

Take stock of 2018. What went well? What didn’t go so well? How can I improve in 2019? It’s easy to get bogged down by the things that didn’t go according to plan, but it’s more important to be thankful for all you achieved in the past year no matter how minute they may seem. Be thankful for the people you crossed paths with, and be thankful for the challenges you overcame (sometimes without even knowing it).

Adapted from 胡 卓亨 on Unsplash

Complete unfinished business

Yeah, it’s a new year but it’s also a sequelae of the past year. Were there things you set out to do last year but didn’t get around to doing them, or you started but didn’t get to complete them? Don’t sweat it love, keep working on them and aim to have them done by the end of the first quarter.


I once heard a preacher say “…starve your distractions and feed your focus”. I was mind blown! That was three years ago and this has stayed with me. This year, take it in your stride to focus solely on the things you really want. Ensure everything you set out to do is adding up to your bigger picture. Distractions come in many forms including the human form. It’s up to you to figure out the things that are distracting you and take appropriate action. Starve your distractions, feed your focus and by the end of the year, you’ll be glad you did.

Adapted from  Chase Clark on Unsplash

It’s all about you (well… mainly)

Make yourself the priority. Don’t get drained out focusing on other people’s issues, and forgetting yours. You need to be in optimal shape in order to help others. An empty cup can’t fill another, but a full cup can go all out. Lol! word! Get proper sleep, eat right, be active, be emotionally intelligent, pay attention to your mental health, overthink nothing, smile more. Get your nails done if you want to, head to the spa if you want to, change your hairstyle every week if you want to! Do whatever makes you feel good because you deserve it.

Adapted from Alisa Anton on Unsplash


Get rid of the things you absolutely don’t need. Excess clothes, footwear, gadgets, makeup, underwear, and so on. Declutter your environment but don’t forget your mind. A clear mind = better productivity.

Get your health checked

When last did you go to your doctor for a routine health check? When last did you sit in the dentist’s chair to get your teeth cleaned? Better late than never! 🙂

Adapted from rawpixel on Unsplash

Cheers to the best year yet!

Featured image: Mohamed Hasan

Dr Wendy Evans-Uhegbu

The author Dr Wendy Evans-Uhegbu

Dr. Wendy Evans-Uhegbu is a graduate of The Royal College of Surgeons in Ireland, with experience in Connected Health, Medical Technology, Clinical Research, Medical Education, Medical Communications, and Web Design/Development. She is a part of the Medics Abroad team with the role of Chief Communications Officer. She is also a Medical Writer at 3D4 Medical and runs a Medical Communications and Children's books company (ODR Integrated Services/ ODR Books).  She is the author of the newly published children's book series "The Things Around Me".

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