The end of the year is here. And I have zero new Year’s resolutions. Instead, I have five things to do in January, which will hopefully help in keeping me sane, not broke and somewhat organised.
The lull period between Christmas and New Year is one of the few days in the year I genuinely dislike. This is because usually it’s cold, I have already been paid and I am not getting paid again until the end of January and I probably ate too much over the Christmas period. But instead of feeling sorry for myself, I came up with five things to do to drag me out of this holiday blues and help me to kick the year off on a good note.
If you would prefer to know what these are in a video format, see the bottom of this post. For those of you who prefer written material, read on.
Read one book
The good ole resolution that everybody had at some point is to read more books. I am lowering the bar a little here, because January usually sucks and I want a gold star for doing not much at all. So read one book in January. Sod it, it can even be a 5-page kids book if you want, just read one.
Automate a savings payment
If you don’t have a savings account, open one and set a standing order to it for every pay period. Even if the amount you are putting away is £2 every time, go do it. Ideally, have the account somewhere that is not immediately accessible or linked to your current account. As every millionaire will tell you, set it and forget it is not a bad idea when you’re trying to stash some cash away.
Clean up one messy corner of your home
My house is in perfect order. Said no one ever.
Tackle one corner which has been getting on your nerves. In my case it is the pantry, also known as the Harry Potter cupboard. It’s an under-the-stairs space with poor shelving, no lighting and a lot of stuff just thrown in there, including our emergency food (for Brexit, not natural disasters, I’ll tell you more in another post maybe). I am going to clean it out, maybe add another shelf and definitely label things so that the mess does not happen again.
Go for a walk
Not a 4 hour hike, just an intentional, quiet, 20-minute walk around where you live. Avoid distractions while you walk, so no music or headphones, no looking at your phone. I’ just listen to the noise the world around me makes and remember to breathe as I walk, with my head blissfully empty.
If you find yourself miserable, tired or achy, going for a walk helps. And if it’s sunny, you’ll get to top up your vitamin D intake, apparently 20 minutes three times a week is all it takes for a body to synthetize enough of it.
Write down your thoughts
Not every day – in January I don’t do enough thinking through the whole month to fill up two pages for crying out loud. But just once, find a quiet 5 minutes, set a timer and write continuously for 5 minutes straight. Don’t think about what you are writing, don’t think about grammar, punctuation or any writing rules. Literally spill out whatever knocks about your brain onto a piece of paper almost unconsciously. Your head will feel much cleaner and calmer afterwards, take my word for it!
As said, I am not setting the bar high for January. As a matter of fact, the only bar I am setting while I write this post is to make it through January and accomplish the above 5 things. If you are coming out of Christmas a little tired, a little frayed and needing something easy but rewarding, give these 5 a go, or even better, set your own five things to realistically do in the first month of 2019.
Happy New Year!
And somewhat contrary to what I said above, sign up to receive blog notifications. January is my finance focus month and I will be sharing information around everything from auditing my financial situation to setting and projecting 2019 goals over the course of the next 5 weeks. If you are trying to get your shizz together, those upcoming posts will be useful.
Meanwhile, here is the video version of this post: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Dxq6PZ5p2Qs&t=2s