Check These Things Off Before the End of the Year

“You are the artist of your own life. Don’t hand the paintbrush to anyone else.”

The year is almost over and while we may be high on the holiday magic of the season, before we know it will be gone and next year will be staring at us right in the face. In the weird time after Christmas and before New Year you might find yourself sputtering to tie everything in a nice bow before the end of the year, but the best time to start thinking about it is now!

The year is not over yet, which means you still have some time to pull off the incredible and get some work done. So, let’s get to it! There are a few things that should be checked off before the end of the year.

Clearing out your closet. Whatever you did not wear this year, it’s time to pack it up and part ways. It’s really easy to find yourself with an overflowing closet; and, the reality is that a majority of the things in our closets, at this time, we either don’t love, doesn’t fit (sorry), or doesn’t match our current lifestyles. Clear out your closet and make room for new and better pieces. With winter sales, now is the perfect time.

Purging your pantry. This is another easy thing to forget. The giving season does not end on Christmas. Take a look in your pantry and see what you can donate to your local or national charities. Afterward, pull out all the expired items to dispose of.

Making a vision book (or board). You want to head into the new year with a clear vision. Creating a vision book will allow you to visualize your year in more detail and clarity. Get really specific about your hopes, dreams, and aspiration and lay them out. The more specific you are, the more likely you can formulate action steps to meet them. Using a book format will also allow you to leave space for reflection and building on the years. This way you can look back over your pages, see how you have changed, count your wins, and where you’re headed for the following year.

Developing a budget. This one is a must and if you already have an annual budget, kudos to you! You need a budget to keep your finances organized. It is a given that financial security is a strong stress factor. Stay on top of your finances. You can find someone to help or use apps like Personal Capital, You Need a Budget, and Pocket Guard.

Taking advantage of winter sales. Winter sales are some of the best times to shop! Many items are reduced to 50% or more as stores try to move the remaining inventory. So, this is the time to stock up on things like Christmas lights (because you’ll know next year they will go out—again), winter decorations, winter wear, perfume, and cologne. Of course, there’s more. Honestly, the list could g on. I particularly like shopping for jewelry during this time.

Reserving a date to travel—outside of your city. I know it's been crazy, but it won't always be like this. It doesn’t matter if it’s a day or a whole 10-day excursion. Book it! You deserve the time! This doesn’t mean you have to make actual hotel reservations or airplane bookings when you do unless you have it like that, but you do want to set aside the time or it just may never happen next year.

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