5 THINGS YOU SHOULD DO BEFORE THE YEAR ENDS
Post-holidays, it can be tempting to lay around in your PJs watching Netflix all day, especially after the year we've had! We're right there with you... but we'll also be doing five easy things to end the year on a productive note. Don't worry, they're all super quick—and by the time you're finished, you'll be able to enjoy lounging around way more, knowing you're set up for an absolutely killer new year.
We all need time each week to decompress, but if you find yourself waiting around for me-time to no avail, it's never going to happen. Take a few minutes to think of the activity (or activities) that make you feel most relaxed, whether it's taking a bath, reading a book, riding your bike, or baking bread. Now pull up your calendar and schedule at least an hour of self-care time. When your alert(s) pops up each week, commit to not ditching. Take it as seriously as you would any meeting or appointment.
DETOX YOUR DEVICES
Thanks to working from home, we've been glued to our phones and computers even more than usual this year. Clean 'em up so you can hit the ground running in the new year: Delete old files and apps you no longer use, organize your photos, clear up your desktop, check your passwords (and change them if you need to), and scan your computer for viruses. Then it's time to literally cleanse your electronics. Use a slightly damp alcohol pad to disinfect your phone, your computer screen, and in between your keyboard keys.
MAKE A NEW BUDGET
Don't wait until the new year to get your finances in order! First, think of all the financial goals you have, from paying off debt to saving up for a house. Then go through your statements, making note of categories like groceries or shopping you may need to reign in or re-adjust. (Make sure to unsubscribe from any subscriptions you see that you no longer use, too.) List out your new monthly budget category by category, leaving a little extra for all the goals you envisioned.
DECLUTTER ONE PART OF YOUR HOME
Godspeed to anyone who can organize their entire home in a matter of days, but wow. Overwhelming. Think of just one area you've really been wanting to overhaul, whether it's your closet, your bookshelf, or your vanity, then take an hour or two to tackle it. Don't forget to sell or donate anything you don't want anymore. You'll feel super productive without a ton of effort, and who knows? Maybe next weekend you'll be inspired to take on another area.
MAKE A LIST OF THE YEAR'S ACHIEVEMENTS
We get it—this year was weird, to say the least. But don't trick yourself into thinking that means you were stagnant. Get out a pen and a piece of paper and list out everything you accomplished, no matter how big or small. Read two books per month? Excellent. Spent more quality time with your kids than ever? Hell, yes. Explored a new hobby, like gardening or candle-making? So cool! And if you're one of the many who struggled with losing a loved one or experienced unemployment, don't forget to write that you tapped into a resilience you never knew you had.