2020 starts a brand new decade. We're waving goodbye to the (terrible?) teens and welcoming the roaring 20s. With that in mind, I've come up with a list of 20 things I want to do to round out the year.
Will you join me?
The point of the challenge is to clear away any niggling tasks that have been hanging over you so that you can end the year with a sense of achievement and start the new year (and decade) with a clean slate.
This is mine. I've divided it into personal, home, and work things. My list is obviously unique to me but you may find some inspiration in here if you're struggling to think of 20 things to do before the ball drops. (I know I did.)
1. Have a regular exercise routine
In 2019 I focused heavily on my health and, more precisely, my diet. I'm not saying I'm now a green smoothie-swilling goddess, but I've cut out a lot of snacks (particularly of the sugary variety) and I've definitely noticed a difference.
Now that I feel I've got a lot of that under control, it's time to re-incorporate some regular exercise. Nothing too strenuous, mind, but I'll be making a concerted effort to tone up (especially my 'mum tum'), increase my stamina so the stairs are no longer my nemesis, and loosen up a little (in the physical flexibility department, anyway; as a Type-A control freak, my personality will no doubt remain rigid).
I'll be following these simple tips I used to follow when I worked out daily:
2. Get measured & buy new underwear
It's been about 3 or 4 years since I was properly fitted for a bra so it's overdue. I was initially planning on waiting until I'm home in Ireland to go back to the same place I got it done last time but I think the sizing is slightly different here in the States so it may make more sense to try somewhere here instead.
If you have recommendations for (nationwide) stores that have a great bra fitting service, please pipe up in the comments. Right now I'm thinking maybe Macy's or Nordstrom but please feel free to steer me in the right direction. (I've previously tried Victoria's Secret and found them awful for fittings but that may have been an unfortunate one-off.)
I'll still be rolling the bottoms like this though: 😉
3. Pitch TV show
This isn't in the 'work' category because it's unrelated to HowToGYST. Essentially, quite randomly one day I had an idea for a TV show. I shared it with a few close friends who agreed it had merit, so I contacted a lawyer to get some advice.
Long story short, I'm working on a pitch. Once that's done I'll be submitting it to the copyright office, and then shopping it to producers. (Doesn't it all sound so simple! Ha!)
While I'm under no delusions about my 'little fish' status in this immensely big and unfamiliar pond, the worst that can happen is that I make some new connections and stretch my comfort zone.
It's crazy, scary new territory for me but I'm exciting to be trying and learning new things.
(If you're a huge TV producer, hi! I have a great idea for you that's going to make you very rich. Email email@example.com and my agent will send details and set up a meeting.)
4. Launch cleaning e-course
I'm nearing completion for the work on this so it's just a matter of tying up some loose ends, prepping for promo, and then officially launching.
5. Do another collab
I've worked with some incredible people this year, including Carie Harling, Catherine Carton (AKA Dainty), and Cassandra Aarssen (AKA Clutterbug). I'd love to work with at least one more before the year is out.
If you have suggestions, drop them in the comments.
Here's the most recent one I did (with Cas), all about overcoming perfectionism:
6. Send thank-you cards
If you've ever sent anything to my PO Box, please know how much I truly appreciate it. Generally, I thank everyone in some form or another, either via email, DM, or social post. But I'd like to go the old-fashioned route and send out a few thank-you cards.
It won't be possible to do it for everyone (my hand is cramping just thinking about it) but hopefully I can pick some at random. There will be no rhyme or reason to it so please don't be offended if you send something and don't receive a card back. I will still thank you in some way (as long as I can clearly identify you) and I will always, always be so very grateful.
7. Continue working on inbox zero
This could also be considered a personal goal but the vast majority of my emails these days are work-related.
I have a good system in place, filtering emails into various folders, so it's just a matter of keeping that updated and working through the backlog of old emails to decide what can go. I'm hoping to have everything more or less cleared out and caught up by the end of the year.
If this is something you'd like to work on too, I have a post full of tips to clean up your inbox, including how to filter posts and best utilise folders. Funnily enough, I say in it that I'm not a fan of inbox zero. Oh how times have changed! Ha ha.
8. Work on 2020 strategy & content calendar
At any given time I have eleventy bajillion ideas for things I want to do with the business. I need to try put some structure on them so I'm not constantly spinning my wheels.
I'm a very detail-oriented person and I struggle immensely with being able to see the bigger picture. The medium-term goal is to hire a strategist to create order out of all that chaos and give me a clear sense of direction but, for now, it's down to me.
Most of these are quite similar so I'll blast through them here as quickly as possible.
9. Declutter closet
It's been over a year since I last tackled it so it's time for a clear-out and a bit of a tidy. Here's my last one:
10. Tidy & store sentimental items
Right now they're all spilling out of storage tubs and stuffed in cupboards. I want to put a bit of order on them and store them all in the same place.
11. Sort & store holiday decor
I'm not much of a one for decorating but we have a few bits that don't have a proper home. I worked hard last year to corral all our Christmas items together, so now it's time to do the same for the various odds and ends we own for other holidays, like Halloween.
12. Clean stain on basement stairs
Someone spilled a drink and didn't clean it up properly so now there's a bad stain. Sam blames Scout and Scout blames Sam. Either way, it's ruining my carpet and I want it gone.
13. Declutter Scout's clothes
She had a bit of a growth spurt over the summer so all her trousers are too short for her now. With chillier weather on the way, I need to figure out what still fits and what may need to be replaced.
Plus, there'll be a lot of summer stuff that won't fit her next year so that can be cleared out pretty soon instead of sitting in her closet all winter.
14. Hire a cleaner
My husband will be delighted about this one because he's been pushing hard for it for a long time.
While my home is generally quite clean and organised, there are certain jobs that don't get done nearly as often as they should, like dusting and mopping. And cleaning stains off carpets before they set. So I think it's time to hand the reins over to someone else, just for an hour or two a week, to get those bigger jobs done.
I find it hard to hand over control to someone else so this will take some getting used to.
15. Get rid of donations
We have boxes and boxes of old clothes and various bric-a-brac that never quite made it out of our home. It's time to bid it all a fond farewell.
16. Declutter & tidy coat closet
Admittedly getting the donation boxes out of there will be half the battle, but this has become a bit of a dumping ground.
17. Declutter & tidy mud room
Another dumping ground.
18. Declutter & tidy garage
Overall, our garage is quite clean but we have various bits of old furniture and paintings and such that we've been meaning to get rid of for quite a while now. They came over from the old house but didn't quite work in the new one so we left them in the garage with grand plans to sell the lot.
That was a year ago.
19. Clear the back deck
Here lie the ghosts of all the plants I've killed. Ha ha.
There are various plant pots and a tub of small toys belonging to Scout out there so it just needs a bit of a spruce up. Next spring we'll get the deck re-painted and re-sealed but, for now, a quick tidy should deter spiders from hibernating out there all winter.
20. Clean out all food storage areas
I'm hoping the cleaner will tackle the fridge and freezer for me but, in general, I need to sort through all the food we have. I want to use up anything nearing its expiration date, donate anything edible that we won't eat ourselves, and just generally make things look a little tidier.
As I mentioned, I've cleaned up my diet quite a bit this year so, while I do have a pretty good system in place for food storage, it needs to be tweaked. And I'm hoping to expand my culinary horizons in the coming months and years so hopefully a cleaner space will make that a much less daunting task.
Here's the last time I tackled them, in the old house:
I reserve the right to change this list as my fickle sensibilities see fit but for now, this is what I'm working with. 😉
What about you, will you take on the challenge?
What's ONE thing you'd like to accomplish before we ring in a brand new decade?
If you need a little motivation boost, you'll find plenty here to get going on those goals: