I am fully aware that I haven’t posted anything on this page in MONTHS but here I am. If you’re anything like me, your 2021 has gone . . . well, it has gone. To be honest I haven’t recovered from 2020 OR 2021 yet, but 2022 is peeking over the horizon, daring me to make plans and prepare for graduation and apply for a job, and all sorts of stuff that I’m not ready to tackle yet. My 2021 goals have fallen by the wayside, to the point where it feels like I haven’t done anything productive with my year.
Which is where this challenge comes in. Before the start of the next year, I just want to get my things in order, and you’re invited to join!
The 40 Day Reset Project
The challenge starts next Monday, November 22, 2021, and will run until the end of the year. It’s split into three phases, one starting the first day (November 22), one starting the 15th day (December 6), and one starting a month in (December 22). All three last until the end of the year.
Altogether, you will be able to finish the year out strong, be prepared for the new year, and set goals for 2022! I really hope that it works, and I’m excited to push through to the end of the year!
Phase 1: Finishing Strong (Day 1-40)
- Look back at New Year’s Resolutions, if you set any
- Pick/set goals that will be feasible to achieve by the end of the year: nothing too ambitious!
- Figure out a plan to get them done! Make a calendar, a notion page, a trello board: whatever will allow you to get a good look at what you want to do
Phase 2: Preparing Early (Day 15-40)
- Set your New Year’s Resolutions! The earlier you start thinking about them, the more you can think about your goals ahead of time, the more you can think about the feasibility of the goals and mentally prepare!
- Start thinking about what habits you might want to build in the new year and in particular, think about if there are any preliminary steps you can take to get started on them now
- I’m a huge fan of getting a head start on your habits before the time you plan to start: this gets you in the mindset of doing the habit. Unlike New Year’s Resolutions, if you miss a day, you can just start up again the next day without feeling like you’ve failed. || I’ve already spoken about this concept in my blog post How To Achieve All of Your 2020 New Years Resolutions, if you want to read more about my philosophy behind it
- If you’re looking to improve on habits, I would highly recommend getting started with them before January 1st, so that you can incorporate it into your routine with lower stakes
- Having a trial run would also be good to test out the feasibility of your goals and whether there are any modifications you need to make for the goals
- Learn any skills/attain any materials you might need for next year’s goals: if you want to learn how to paint, maybe you could ask for painting supplies for Christmas!
Phase 3: Starting Anew (Day 30-40)
- Set up any method you need to track your new goals for the next year: notion, a bullet journal, just a notebook, any and all of the above!
- Preplan for success: journal about your intents for 2022, make a vision board, think about what your life will look like when you succeed in your goals. Having a clear idea of what your life will be like, and holding that vision in your head, will give you motivation to work on your goals!
- I didn’t mean to announce it this early, but I’ll be hosting a read-along in January of Atomic Habits by James Clear. Buy a copy of it if you’re interested in joining: I’ve heard such good things about this book and I’m so excited to read it!
I’ve created a little worksheet to help you set up your goals, which you can print/download to use! It provides a visual overview of the challenge, without being too complicated, which I like a lot!
I’m super excited for this challenge, and I hope you are too! Feel free to talk about your progress and your goals on social media: tag me @hanneasinhannah and use the hashtag #40DayResetProject: I would love to see! Remember, it’s not about perfection, it’s about progress! Any progress is good progress, and that’s what we’re striving for.