Finish at least three things you never got to do this year.
Did you promise to lay off on the carbs this year? Although it may seem impossible to do it during the holiday season (since there’s yummy food all around you), you could try lessening your meal portions or maybe attempt to control your cravings.
Send out handwritten cards.
This season is the best time to reconnect with the people you’ve lost contact with. It could be a high school friend, a former co-worker from your previous job, or that cousin you used to spend a lot of time talking to. Try to personalize each card, or better yet, invite them for coffee and stay updated on each other’s lives.
Manage your finances.
The festive season could throw you into a whirlwind of spending. Before you end up wondering where all your money went, keep track of your spending habits and use your credit card wisely. Keep your receipts and check all of them at the end of month. This way, you’ll know how much you spent on things you need vs. the things you just wanted.
Donate to a cause you support.
Whether it's through monetary means or by allotting time and effort in the organization of your choice, don’t forget to spread the love and care this yuletide season. Your presence and participation can mean a lot to the kids from the orphanages, elders in retirement homes, and animals in shelters.
Change your password for important accounts.
Never forget to update your password every year, especially those for online banking, work emails, and other sensitive accounts. Jot them down in a small notebook so you won't forget. Hackers are everywhere and it’s better to be safe than sorry.
Do some general cleaning.
Whether it’s at home or in the office, take some time to clean out your area. Get rid of clutter to usher in more productive and refreshing energy. Not sure where to start? Try sorting out your things by getting four boxes and labeling them with: To Give, To Repair, To Keep, and To Throw Away.
Reach out to someone you haven’t talked to in a while.
Now is the perfect time to make amends with the people you’re not in good terms with. Give them a call or send them a message on Facebook–work things out and genuinely forgive and forget!
Set aside time to plan for the next year.
It doesn’t necessarily have to be a solid plan, but lay out your goals and ways on how you can accomplish them. Our tip: Plan it by month so you don’t feel overwhelmed and pressured to deliver.
Thank the people around you.
Show gratitude to the people who were with you through thick and thin. You can give them a gift or a simple yet personalized letter that expresses how much you appreciate them. You’ll probably feel a lot better after that!