Things To Do Between Christmas and New Years
The week between Christmas and the New Year often feels like a weird limbo. You might be off work. There’s not too much going on. So how you are going to spend your time? Here are a few ideas of what to do between Christmas and New Years.
You might be okay with simply resting. After all, between the holidays and your work schedule, you’ve probably been running around like a mad person since September. You deserve to relax for a few days after Christmas before returning to work or school. It’s a great time of year to take it easy.
Decluttering can be one of the best things you do for yourself. Cleaning out your space(s) helps to clear your mind. Organizing helps to calm you down. Putting everything back where it belongs leaves you with a nice, tidy spot that invites relaxation and inspires creativity.
Make your schedule for January
The new year will be here before you know it. Take a few moments to reset your calendars for the year. Knowing what’s coming up in the new year can help you come
Write down your goals for the year
It can be nice to take a few moments and jot down your goals for the year right after Christmas. We are big on goal setting here at 1045. Remember, goals don’t have to be big to be worth pursuing! Think about what you really want to accomplish. Set a realistic timeline. Commit to getting focused.
Clean out your computer
Take a few minutes to look through your computer. Delete old, outdated files. Search for anything on your computer that you haven’t used in more than two years. Make sure all your software is up-to-date and downloaded completely.
Clean out the clutter from your desk at work or your home office
You can’t spend a productive day contending with a chaotic work environment. It’s tough to be creative and make new things happen when your desk is piled high with papers, books, pens, and staplers.
Clean out your phone
Today’s technology is so amazing. But it can be overwhelming too. Between constant notifications, emails, random videos and songs, social media posts that get auto-played, and all the other little electronic distractions that life online has to offer – our devices can get full of junk pretty easily. Why not delete everything you don’t need? It will give you more space for the things that are actually useful – like apps, photos, or your college textbooks.
Get back to nature
It can be nice to get outside after the holidays. Go on a long walk through your neighborhood. Take a hike at state park near you. Gaze at the stars. Reconnecting with nature is one of the most simple ways to rejuvenate yourself.
Organize your photos from the year
When you have a moment, it can be nice to look through your photos from the year. Organize them into folders. Delete what you don’t want anymore. Keep the ones that are important to you and/or tell an important story about your life.
Review your spending for the year
Speaking of budgets, the last week of the year is always a good time to review your spending and expenses for the past year. Go through your bank statements and credit card bills. Can you think of anything that was an unnecessary expense? Could you have saved more money?
Take a moment to look at the big picture
When everything is crazy during the holidays, it can be easy to forget about all your major life goals. If this year has been particularly intense, then now is the time to take a step back and assess how you are doing with your big picture plans. Is there anything that you need to adjust or change to get closer to where you want to be?
Do one thing at a time.
It can be nice to set some daily goals (or write a to-do list for yourself). Instead of rushing through it or multi-tasking, relish in doing one thing at a time.
Read a book
Now is a great time to settle in with book you’ve been meaning to read!
Make a plan for how you are going to do things differently in the new year
This moment of reflection can be very powerful if you choose to make it so. What changes are you planning to make? What areas of your life need some improvement?
Spend quality time with friends or family
The holiday season can feel like a rush to get to everyone on your list. Take some time over the next couple days to enjoy quality time with the people closest to you.
Whether you’re at work or taking the week off, finish the year strong! Whatever you’re doing, go all in on it.