You’re probably one of two people – you either love the New Year so you’re waiting patiently for January 1st to roll around so you can start all your resolutions, or you think January 1st is a totally arbitrary and meaningless date. In either case, here are some things to do before the new year.
Not gonna lie, I’m one of those first types of people. I love this time of year. I always get super motivated and make grand plans for the coming year. BUT I also like to take the opportunity to clear the decks and tie up any loose ends so that I can start the new year with a clean slate.
If you want to round out 2017 on a high note too, here are some simple tasks you can do.
Things To Do Before The New Year
1. Book check-ups
When was the last time you had a health check? An eye test? A dental exam? A smear test? (Ladies, they’re so important. Stop acting like your nurse has never seen a vagina before.) You don’t have to actually attend them all before the new year rolls around, but start prioritising your health now by at least having them scheduled in.
2. Do a top-up shop
I’m sure you know that feeling of running out of something just as all the stores have closed for the day. Or that one thing you never seem to have on hand when you need it. (Why, printer ink? Why?) Have a quick walk through your home and jot down anything that needs replenishing. Go through toiletries, cleaning supplies, office supplies, feminine hygiene products, and paper goods like toilet tissue. Then start the new year fully stocked.
3. Change alarm batteries
Smoke detectors, fire alarms, carbon monoxide alarms… If there’s something in your home that’s designed to alert you to an emergency and, therefore, potentially save your life, change the batteries now. That way, they should last you throughout the coming year. (Unless, like me, you frequently set off the smoke alarm while cooking. Then be sure to always have spare batteries on hand and ready to go.)
4. Check safety & emergency equipment
If there’s anything else in your home or your car that’s designed for your safety, now’s the time to check it. Do your fire extinguishers need to be re-filled? (Do you even have any?) Do all the upstairs windows have locks on them and are the keys easily accessible? Are all exits free from obstruction? Is your first aid kit fully stocked?
Safety first, folks. Always.
The end of the year is a great time to remove things from your life that you don’t need. Start with physical things; those are usually the easiest. Go through your clothes, papers, books, brick-a-brack, etc. and pop anything you no longer need into a box, ready to be donated next time you’re out and about.
Then go through your phone and your laptop, deleting photos, apps, folders, and music you no longer like or want. It’s also a good opportunity to re-evaluate what social networks you’re using and who you’re following on them. If this is something you struggle with, here’s a helpful video:
And then, finally, look at the habits, routines, people, and situations in your life that you don’t like, and eliminate them or phase them out so you can start the new year on the right foot and free from baggage.
6. Call your mother
She probably deserves at least a phone call from you. Also call anyone you love but haven’t spoken to in a while. Use it as an opportunity to re-connect or to mend fences. Reach out to someone so you can start the new year with closer, healthier relationships.
If you’re an introvert like me, feel free to text or email.
7. Book service appointments
There are several things in our lives that need servicing… cars, boilers, central heating systems… Book the service now, even if it’s not due for another few months, and get it in the diary. It’s a great feeling to know that all that stuff is taken care of.
8. Do all the DIY
You probably have a few little niggling tasks around your home that need to be taken care of. Start with the small things, like doors that are getting stuck, lightbulbs that have blown, loose towel rails, etc. Either do it all yourself, or pay someone else to sort it out.
This is a great one because they’re generally things you’re frustrated by on a very regular basis. Once they’re all done, you’ll feel so much better. (And often, they don’t take nearly as long as you think they will.)
9. Make one positive change
Whether or not you believe January 1st is an arbitrary date, the perfect time to make a positive change is right now. We all want to improve our lives in some way, whether it’s with some big, lofty goal, or a small tweak that will make a big difference to our daily routine. Pick something teeny tiny that will be that change for you.
Sometimes it’ll be that one thing that makes all the difference, and sometimes it’ll be the first step on what will be a longer journey to success. But make the change now and you’ll already be reaping the rewards by the time 2018 rolls around.
Those are my tips for things to do before the new year. They’ll help you clear the decks, tie up loose ends, and start 2018 with your best foot forward. No matter what type of person you are, I think we can all get on board with that.
What are you most looking forward to in the new year?