Can you believe it’s almost June end already? That this year is already halfway done. I can hardly believe it, yet here we are. Mid of the year is such a good time to take some time and look back on your goals of the year and see how far you have come.
WHAT IS A MID YEAR RESET?
I also always like to take this time to do a mid year audit and refocus and realign my actions to achieve my yearly goals. People often do not hit their yearly goals because they tend to forget about them.
And doing these resets and audits allow you to look back and think more clearly about those goals from a fresh perspective. A lot of the times, things don’t go according to our plans and reset allow you to come back on track. Resets and reviews are such simple yet powerful tools to create the life of your dreams.
A MID YEAR RESET is exactly what it sounds like. It is a way to reset your life and an opportunity to make the required changes. Doing a RESET asks you to look back on what you have doing right and what you have been doing wrong.
A RESET allows you to take up new habits and let go of bad ones that are sabotaging you. It also requires you to make choices and prioritise things, and kind of reboot your life, so it is working well again.
WHY YOU NEED A RESET?
But if you are feeling a little lost and out of alignment with your goals, then it is a perfect time to do a RESET as well.
You also need to do a RESET on your life if you feel like you need to start fresh. We are often so used to our lives being on auto pilot mode. You have a routine and you do almost the same things everyday. But doing these RESETS allow you to think about what changes you want to make to your life.
RESETS are great because they allow you to intentionally take some time and be mindful of the direction your life is going in and then re-route, if and when needed.
The theme of resets is very common here on the blog and in my life, in general too. Tell me you don’t wake up one day to give the entire house a tidy and “start over” some things like a fresh start. There is something about resets that matches the same beginning of the year energy and it is so empowering, feeling like you can achieve anything.
That’s why I love doing a reset every now and then. I usually do a weekly reset every week or every two weeks. It is such a great way to start the new week fresh. You can read all about it here.
But at the end of June, I do a BIG Mid Year Reset, which puts me back on track for the second half of the year. And if you have been wanting to do one as well, here is everything I do:
Do a Mid year Audit:
A mid year audit is somewhat different than a reset. In the mid year audit/review, I generally look back on goals and review which of them I have achieved. And for which of the goals, I have to use a different strategy. I also make sure to analyse which of the goals are maybe not relevant anymore.
I give myself the flexibility to make changes at this point of time. As humans we keep changing and evolving and our priorities keep changing as well. So, I see of some of the goals I set at the beginning of the year, are not a priority anymore. I also re-prioritise(if needed).
Same goes with nay habits or patterns that I notice in my life. If I see myself getting into a bad habit, it is the perfect time to quit and make a game plan to0 let go of bad habits.
It is also a great way to include more good habits into my routines, which allow me to live the life I want.
If you’d like a more detailed post, here is everything I like to do for a MID YEAR AUDIT.
Deep Clean House:
Whenever you have the urge to change your life, do you tend to declutter and clean too, or is it just me?
Can’t be just me, right.
I find that having a clean tidy house gives me so much mental space, to actually focus on important work things. I feel such a mental fog if the space around me is not tidy. I have a habit if doing a 15-20 minute tidy everyday. And then do a weekly and monthly cleaning.
But for the mid year deep clean, I like to turn the entire house upside down and clean everything. I often do this over a week. Of course you don’t have to go as crazy as I do, but giving the house a deep clean is so so worth it.
For the Mid year deep clean, here is what I do in a nutshell:
- Wash sheets & all the pillow/cushion covers
- Wash the curtains
- Take out every bit of clothing from the wardrobe and re-organise
- Vacuum the rugs
- Clean under the beds
- Clear out pantry and throw away expired items & re-organise
- Deep clean fridge & Freezer (check expiry dates as well)
- Deep clean counter tops
- Deep clean cabinets and re-organise
- Wash sinks
- Deep clean appliances
- Clean and scrub the shower area
- Clean sinks and toilet seats
- Scrub and clean the floor tiles with a tile scrubber
- Wash mirrors etc and wipe down walls
Clean Living room:
- Vacuum the sofa/couch , rugs and all the seatings
- Wash curtains
- Deep clean the display units and all the decor items
Do a Declutter:
Although declutter and cleaning goes hand in hand, I’d still like to discuss about it a little more. Doing a declutter at least once a year is such a good habit to inculcate. I always do a spring cleaning and declutter, every year.
We accumulate so much clutter and if you do a declutter only once a year or every few years, it is bound to get overwhelming. So, I make sure to do a big declutter at least twice a year.
Decluttering and letting things (that no longer serve us or bring us joy) go at the mid of the year or at year end, is so symbolic as well. It also symbolises letting go of habits and patterns that are no longer serving you and making space for new ones in your life.
And if you think that just because you’re not a serial shopper, you won’t have a lot of things to declutter, there is always something, for example:
- Old newspapers and mail
- Torn clothes
- Socks that are not a pair or have holes
- Broken mugs/other utensils
- Expired products from pantry
- Expired medicines
RESET your Work Space:
Reset your work space and maybe a little re-decorating and re-organising too, while you are at it. I find that giving my work desk a good tidy and organising everything makes me feel more productive to get things done.
And every now and then, I like to change up the decor too. I change a few poster/quotes depending on how I am feeling and what sounds motivating at the time.
Declutter all the stationary items that are broken/ used and put new ones in place. I also store away filled journals and replace them with new ones ( I write a lot and go through a lot of journals).
You could also give your laptop a declutter. I download so many things on a daily basis and it creates a lot of clutter, even though I have a system to keep things organised in folders. But I still like going through them and deleting the files I no longer need.
RESET Your pantry:
We buy a lot of the pantry items in bulk. Saves us multiple trips to the grocery store every month. I do hate wasting the time in the aisles and the long billing queues. But we have limited storage in our small apartment and there is so much we can store.
So, every 6 months, we go through the pantry and stock up on essentials and staples. Give the whole pantry and kitchen cabinets a reset and refresh.
Doing these also helps you to see what items your family consumes more and which ones you rarely use. So you can plan your grocery shopping in a better way, so that there is less food wastage and you end up saving money too.
RESET your garden:
If you do have a garden, I am sure you already do this. We have a small balcony garden, and every 6 months, we sow different seeds (depending on the season). it is also the perfect time to clean all your gardening tools, pick out any weeds, feed your soil with a compost and give it some time to replenish the nutrients as well.
Although there are some plants that grow through the year (where we live), but we do prefer growing seasonal veggies and eating veggies that are “in season”.
Do a DIGITAL DETOX:
Social Media and the internet have become such a big part of our lives and sometimes we spend so much time consuming content that we rarely get to collect our own thoughts.
Also, scrolling through social media, subconsciously leads to you comparing your life to someone’s else’s life and is such an unhealthy habit.
That’s why it is so important to take breaks from social media and do a Digital Detox every now and then.
I usually take 1-2 breaks every month or so, but for the mid year RESET, I like to take at least a week off from social media and completely disconnect. I highly recommend you try it out for yourself, especially if you have been feeling too mentally drained from all the media consumption.
Because the mid of the year is the perfect time to look back on your goals, it is the perfect time for journalling too. You could answer some journal prompts to understand yourself better, so that your goals are well aligned with the person you are.
And as humans, we are always changing and evolving (which is beautiful) and only when your goals and actions are truly aligned with who you are, do you feel fully satisfied with your life.
I know it sounds deep and a bit overwhelming to try, especially if you have never tried journalling before. That’s why prompts always help, if you are a beginner.
Here are 20 Journal prompts for self Discovery.
And if you don’t want to do prompts, then simple sit down in silence, take some time to gather your thoughts and write whatever comes to your mind. There is so much power in putting pen to paper and you will get a very clear understanding of things that have been bothering you and may even find a solution if you look within.
Plan the rest of the year:
A reset is also the perfect time to plan the rest of the year. Think about your goals for the rest of the year and how to break them into monthly goals. This will help you set your monthly intentions in a better way.
I always like deciding my monthly goals while doing a RESET and then revisit them each month. I also like to think about what new habits I want to take up and how I can incorporate them into my very busy routine(a new mom here).
Sometimes, I will even go as far as planning my monthly self care activities too. I find it super relaxing to know that I will make it a priority to make time for myself. It’s kind of reassuring in a way.
While planning everything, I also check and plan any events(concerts, waterparks) that I am going to go to, each month. Or you could plan a weekend getaway every month or two. I think that’s a great way to not have a *boring* (mundane) life. Plan ahead and get excited about these events because you deserve some down time too(*wink*).
That’s it for this post guys. I hope this post gave you some ideas to do a little reset and start the second half of the year with a fresh perspective and more energy. See you on the other side! 🙂