9 Ways To Get Your Shit Together in 2018

Don’t you just love the beginning of a New Year? It’s like the clean sheet day of life. It’s the perfect time to plan out some challenges and start thinking about ways to get your shit together in 2018.

Sometimes it’s hard to figure out what you want and what you should be concentrating on though. I’ve found challenges to be enormously helpful in the past few years. If you’re keen to join some cool challenges this year here are a few I’ve done in the past that are pretty ace. Also, don’t get your knickers in a twist about starting any of these on the 1st January. They will be just as effective if you start them next week when you’re home from holidays…

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1.The Minimalist Game

I did this last year and it was a game changer. It stopped me from buying useless shit through out the year and made me really value what I buy and where it comes from. Massive money saver too. There’s really nothing to lose. I’m a minimalist for life now. To the point where I don’t want presents anymore – seriously unless it’s wine or yarn, I don’t want it.

2. Febfast

Speaking of wine, I love a glass of wine (or four) but I just function SO MUCH better without alcohol in my system, so I’m going to go alcohol free between 10th Jan and 10th Feb this year. I went alcohol free for the first three months of 2017 and it was amazing. If three months is too scary, try giving FebFast a go. I usually do Dry July and Oct-Sober too just give my body a bit of a cleanse. If you’re keen to join you can sign up here.

get your shit together in 2018

3. Smaggle Salad A Day

I started a little challenge in December a few years ago and lots of you gorgeous creatures joined in. I’m doing it again for February this year but this time there’s no prompts – just a simple salad every day. If you want to play along just snap a photo of your salad and hashtag it #smagglesaladaday so I can be a sticky beak and see what you’re eating.

4. The Whole 30 

I’ve been meaning to give this another crack after failing spectacularly at it last year so I’m giving it another go this year. It’s pretty much a month where you eat nothing but meat, veggies, fruit, nuts and eggs. I eat like this most of the time but this will force me to ditch my too milky teas and secret Quest bar habit. I’m looking forward to eating clean for a month and resetting my eating habits. If you’re keen to join me details are here.

get your shit together in 2018

5. 20 Minutes A Day 

I remember reading somewhere last year that a supermodel or actress (I want to say Kate Hudson but then again I could be lying) exercises for just 20 minutes every day. It sounds so bloody achievable doesn’t it? If you’re a bit adverse to exercise why not give this a go? It’s a great way to give yourself a focus to get yourself moving every day.

6. 30 Day No Waste Challenge 

If you’ve got plans to cut down on your waste production this year, participating in a no waste challenge is a great place to start. Here’s some extra tips for cutting down on waste without totally ruining your life. 

get your shit together in 2018

7. Meal Planning 

Meal planning is not only saves you time and money but it’s also an excellent way to improve the health quota of the meals you cook. I never used to meal plan because I lived opposite a supermarket but now that I’ve moved I need to plan meals because I can’t duck to the shops as easily as I used to. This year, I’m going to spend Sundays cooking and planning our meals for the week. You can find a meal planning challenge here. 

8. Project 333 Capsule Wardrobe Challenge 

If you’ve been toying with the idea of downsizing your wardrobe, give Project 333 a go. The premise is that you choose 33 items to wear for 3 months. You don’t have to throw out your other clothing, you just pack it away and see if you can live without it. It’s a great way to seperate what you actually wear and love from the stuff you just hold on to because you feel weird about getting rid of it.

9. Happiness Challenge  

If you simply want to improve your happiness, why not take a happiness challenge? Happiness can be elusive but I think acknowledging it’s elusiveness is the first step to actually improving your happiness.

Are you doing any challenges this year? Anything you’d like to work on in 2018?

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    Carly Jacobs 1 year ago

    I’m a low carb fiend – starchy carbs and gluten just bloat me. I feel so much about life in general when I’m eating low carb and heaps of veg!

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    Carly Jacobs 1 year ago

    HA! That’s a big one – it becomes so normal to be like ‘Let’s have beer for lunch!’ 🙂

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    Carly Jacobs 1 year ago

    Cheers to you too! What is sweet tea? Like iced tea? Where abouts are you from? I love little things like that. My biggest thing is midnight vegemite on toast. 🙂

    • Hannah 1 year ago

      I live in Central Florida, and yes, sweet tea is iced tea. But in the South, we generally put anywhere from a cup and a half to 2 cups of sugar in a gallon of it. So it’s very, very sweet. Once you start traveling up to the more northern states, they’ll look at you like you have 3 heads if you ask for sweet tea. They mainly leave theirs completely unsweetened.

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    Carly Jacobs 1 year ago

    Oh I want to do some more stretching – I’m naturally quite bendy but if I let it go I can get quite tight. Do you have an app or something you use?

  5. Hey, Carly! Great collection here, and thanks for including my Happiness Challenge post! Happy New Year!

    • carlyjacobs 4 months ago

      You’re very welcome! It’s a great challenge for people who just want to improve their happiness not to anything in particular apart from that!

  6. KezUnprepared 4 months ago

    Happy new year! I started the #100happydays challenge late last year (that sounds funny to say) and plan on continuing it (I’m almost half way). It has really helped me to pull myself out of a big funk I was in.
    I don’t need to do any fasting or food related health challenges because I have gestational diabetes so for the sake of my baby (due this month – YAY/EEK) I have been nailing it haha. My biggest goals will be about self care this year as I know it may be tricky with a baby! x

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      Carly Jacobs-Smaggle 4 months ago

      Oh good luck! How exciting! I agree – you don’t need to do any challenges right now, you’re busy enough!

  7. Missy D 4 months ago

    Happy 2018! 🙂

    This year for me is about redeveloping habits again. 🙂

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      Carly Jacobs-Smaggle 4 months ago

      Good luck! What are you focussing on?

      • Missy D 4 months ago

        Health, some writing goals I want to achieve and being better at keeping in touch with friends and family. 🙂

  8. What great tips. I’m never one for New Years Resolutions but this year I’ve come to the realisation that things have to change.

  9. Cheney 4 months ago

    One thing I’ve decided to do is track where all my money’s going for the next couple of months to see if there’s some easy savings to be made. Still working on what my other resolutions might be – even though it’s getting a bit late!

    I did a Whole 30 in early 2016 after friends recommended it, but I found the rules, plus the label reading and menu-enquiring that went along with it brought up some issues I’ve previously had around obsessing about/restricting particular foods. It wasn’t a fun time for me, but I could see how it might work for other people, and help get back to basics, in a sense.


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