2017 is soon coming to a close to make way for a fresh, new year. With 2018 just around the corner, it can be a little overwhelming to think about things like making changes or improving yourself for the next 365 days. Don’t let it get to you! It’s never too early to make changes and soften your entry into the next 12 months. Here are a few things you can do before New Year 2018 rolls in.
Catch Up with Loved Ones
All it takes is a quick phone call or e-mail to let your friends and relatives know you’re still alive and vice-versa. Updating yourself on the real time statuses of your loved ones may be beneficial in the long run. It’s good to refresh and re-establish connections with the people closest to you so that you can be in the know about where they are and what they are doing. Send out some nice greeting cards or drop by for a quick visit during the holidays, and strengthen your familial web of relationships. You never know when you might need their help in certain situations.
Sort Your Belonging
You may have accumulated a lot of new items throughout the year, so it’s time to pick what stays and what goes. This may take a few days to complete, so make sure that you won’t be having guests during the sorting phase. Empty your closets, shelves, counters, and cupboards of items and arrange them by category (food, books, clothes, stationery, decorations, etc.) in clear space in your home or apartment. Set aside three big boxes (keep, throw, donate) and begin judging whether each item is worth keeping, giving away, or has outlived its usefulness. Try doing this with a trusted family member or a friend so you can have a much-needed second opinion to make sorting go a lot faster.
Renew Your Contacts
They say new friends are silver and old friends are gold. Unfortunately, having too many different contacts can really fill up your phone and address book which can be a big pain in the long run. Take a day to go through your smartphone’s contact app and see which numbers, and emails are still active. Be sure to delete copies of contacts under the same name to avoid confusion. You can also contact your friends and ask for their home addresses if they’ve moved or still live in the same area. If you’re more of an analog contact keeper, buy yourself a new contact book! Begin transplanting old contacts, addresses and other information into your new book AFTER confirming that the data is still accurate.
Plan a New Hobby
Change is the tagline of a New Year. This can often mean trying to challenge yourself in order to improve yourself as a person. Sometimes introducing a new hobby into your life can help bring about a positive change in your personality. First, make a list of things you’ve wanted to try doing. Review the list and cross out the items that may be a little difficult to achieve, either physically or financially… or both. Now pick one (or two, if you’re feeling adventurous and motivated) of the items on your list and make it one of your goals for the next year. Do some research on the subject (like difficulties beginners might have or what type of tools/materials you might need) and see if there may be any available online courses or workshops you can take part in once the new year starts.
Review Your Year
Finally, look back into your year. What were the good points? What were the bad? Take this information and use it to gauge if you’ve changed and improved as a person or whether they’ve instilled some bad habits. This is a great way to help you build a list of new year resolutions that actually mean something. It’s always good to recap an overall experience in order to identify what works for you and what doesn’t. This can also help you find ways avoid growing your bad habits even further by clearly identifying them and making an active effort to nip them in the future.
Keeping yourself busy and expecting of new things can really pump you up and improve your mood with the upcoming year. But always remember that bad experiences come with the good and these are inevitable. Don’t let the negative incidents get you down and just see them as one small part of the overall experience. Let’s make 2018 count!