Girl Get Your Life Together Before Year’s End
It’s nearing the end of the year, and quite frankly, it’s time to get it together! Who wants to start off 2020 broke(ish), unhealthy(ish), and disorganized(ish)? Not this bish! So let’s bear down, get focused, and make a plan to girl get your life together before year’s end.
You don’t have to take my word for it. An article by Entrepreneur.com suggests that at the end of every season it’s a good plan to look back at your goals and accomplishments and make assessments for moving forward. Entrepreneur and coach Raul Villacis notes that everyone should “conclude [the] year in kinetic alignment with where you want to go next.” Sounds like a plan!
Here I share my top 7 suggestions for getting your life together before year’s end.
Get Yo’ Life
1) Fitness Goals
You may want to evaluate your health and fitness goals at the start of the fourth quarter. With the holidays coming up, there are many tempting vices out there to derail us. If you don’t take time to get it together now, it will be a hard fight to dig yourself out of a hole come the New Year.
Start by considering where you want to be at the end of the year. Is healthy eating a concern or those gained inches around your midsection giving you fits? Regardless of the impetus, it’s a good thing to take stock of what’s going on with your eating and exercise. And please, for the love (or hate) of candy corn, do it long before the candy drops for Halloween, the dressing is doused with gravy in November, and all the holiday trimmings are hung for “Chrimmuh.”
2) Account Accountability
What’s your bank account looking like right abut now? We are well aware that this is the time of year that spending’s way up. Consequently, the start of the third quarter is probably the time for saving to go way up as well.
Start thinking of hacks that you can implement to stash away coins for Christmas shopping or ways to shave off a little here and there. Will we forego frivolous spending for the next couple of months to save for gifts in December? Or do we start picking up gifts here and there along with weekly grocery trips to create a gift stockpile as you go? There are tons of hacks that you can implement to save for Christmas shopping.
It’s a good time to create a holiday budget to curb overspending. There’s nothing worse than starting the New Year off on a bad foot, and a “broke” foot is the absolute worst! If you give yourself a budget for spending now, and create action steps to stick with the budget, you will find yourself in a great financial space come Jan 1.
3) Fall Toy Clear-Out
Think back to Christmas morning. No, I’m not talking about the wee hours of dawn when the family creeps into the living room to see all of the beautiful toys and gifts sparkling, lights on the tree twinkling. I’m talking around 10am – house trashed, paper everywhere, smelling of new plastic and Scotch tape! The chaos is brewing.
You can either take part in one of two scenarios. One being that back in October or November, the super mom in you sorted through all of the old toys and got rid of (either donated or trashed) broken, old, and forgotten toys. Or two, pass the spiked egg nog! Because mama is now overwhelmed with the Christmas mess. And the impending doom of adding new living room mess to old play room mess looms.
Make it your business to sort through all toys in October and November and create “keep,” “trash,” and “donate” stacks. There may be some family heirloom toys, things the kids still play with, and items worth passing down to younger siblings. But that barbie with the missing head? TRASH! The puzzles with over half the pieces missing? Definitely TRASH! Books and crayons – KEEP! (if you can devise an organized method to store crayons and art supplies). The kids will barely notice that old toys are gone, especially if they’re anything like mine and experience gifting on a weekday basis from Grandma!
4) Closet Clean-Out
With the changing of the seasons comes the changing wardrobe. Go through your closet and purge all items that haven’t been worn in the past two years. Be sure to keep staple items like denim, outerwear, and a few key pieces that you love, but the rest can go to make room for new stuff or simply to cleanse your space of clutter!
5) Lick Your Travel Plans
Make a bucket list of all the places that you want to experience with the family for the fall and winter season. We know that a pumpkin patch might possibly be number one on the list, but start thinking of the other cool places that you’d like to take the family during this time.
There are a plethora of cool things to experience as the temperatures drop, and its always good to have a working list prepared or at least considered in your head. Making a list in advance helps to secure tickets to the events (these type of things sell out fast). Also it’s good to set aside cash for the tickets, or even plan the best days and times to go to beat the crowds.
During the 4th Quarter, my family traditionally visits these places:
–Christmas tree farm to pick out a tree and ride the wagon
-New Orleans and the French quarter
–Nola Christmas Fest, which is a great indoor fair for families
–Mississippi Coast Model Railroad Museum, Gulfport, MS
-Christmas tea or brunch with Santa
-visit friends out of town during the holidays
6) Tax Prep
Start getting receipts, mileage, etc. prepared because tax time is around the corner. Why not start early by making folders to contain important documents? Start pulling all things that you’ll be on a frantic search for come Jan/Feb.
Business Insider suggests starting gathering paperwork for dependents, tracking income and deductions asap, and even pulling the previous year’s return for safe keeping. You will be so happy that you started early when the Spring rolls around!
7) Access Past/Future Planning
Think long and hard about the current year. Consider your wins and losses. Take time to think about the challenges and how you either rose to the occasion or needed improvement. I suggest really sitting down and reflecting on the past three quarters and making a plan of action to end the year out on a strong note.
Reward yourself for the things that you performed on excellently. And by the same token, don’t wallow in the frustration of the bad moments. Instead, use the time in reflection to realize what can be done in the future to circumvent such shortcomings. Write down new goals and formulate ways to crush the goals of the end of the year.
Sometimes we realize that the beginning of the year had plenty of room for improvement. Well? Who says that the remainder must follow suit? If we take stock of the things that happened and what we need to finish strong, anyone can get your life together before year’s end.
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