Today I’m sharing 10 things to do before 2024 rolls around. A new year will be here before we know it, and with that comes with a bit of pressure to have accomplished all the things.
If this hasn’t been your Most Productive Year Ever, don’t worry! There are plenty of things you can do before the end of the year to not only feel good but set yourself up for success in 2024.
You can still accomplish so much before the new year. Even if there’s just a few weeks or days, try at least one of these ideas so you can feel good when you reflect on 2023 at the end of the year.
Things to do Before 2024
1. Go Someplace You’ve Never Been
Here in southern California it’s still summer, but fall is the perfect time to take a drive to some place new. Find a new walking or hiking trail. Go to a pumpkin patch. Go apple picking. Take an art or cooking class. Spend the weekend in a new city. Go to a festival. Just venture out of your comfort zone and make some new memories!
2. Declutter One Room or Category
Pick at least one room, area, or category to go through and declutter before 2024.
Our homes can get a bit more cluttered in the fall and winter seasons. Between all the holidays and perhaps not being as energized without summer sun exposure, things might pile up.
When the new year rolls around that’ll be one less thing you have to do. You’ll feel so good once it’s done!
3. Do a Digital Clean Out
If you’re anything like me, you may have thousands of emails, random files on your desk top, apps you don’t use, photos that need to be deleted, contacts you don’t even know, etc. I know I need to clean out my Google Keep app, it use to be so useful for making lists and notes but right now it’s so cluttered that going on there just stressed me out.
Take a day to do a thorough clean out of your various digital devices and accounts. While you’re at it you might want to change your passwords if you haven’t in a while.
4. Develop a New Hobby
Is there something you’ve wished you were good at for a while but never tried to learn? Now is a great time to start. It could be sewing, cooking, painting, drawing, calligraphy, playing an instrument, knitting, or anything else that piques your interest.
Find some Youtube tutorials or a local class and try it out! You can also see if your local community college offers classes in the subject, it can end up being more affordable than studios.
5. Revisit Your 2023 Goals
If you haven’t looked at your goals since January don’t feel bad! Everyone has probably abandoned at least a few of their goals, but the great news is that you can recommit to them at any time.
Before you look at them promise yourself you won’t feel any guilt, that won’t serve you in any way. Look at them as a fun challenge.
It’s totally fine to discard any that you just aren’t interested in anymore. Focus on the ones that still resonate with you and see if you can make an action plan for them.
If you really want make the most of these next four months check out The Right Way to Set Intentional Monthly Goals, there is a free printable there too!
6. Trade a Bad Habit for a Good Habit
We all have a few bad habits here and there, now is a good time to eliminate a habit that’s hurting you and trade it for a new positive habit.
Look at your daily routines, where are you not using your time wisely? What habits are getting in the way of the results you want? You can check out this list of 15 bad habits keeping you from success for ideas, we all do at least a few of them.
Or you can identify a pattern that keeps showing up that you know isn’t in your best interest. Figure out what behavior is creating this pattern, and then work on disrupting it.
When you figure out what bad habits you want to quit, you can replace them with a good habit. Here are 55 daily habits that will improve your life.
It’s best to choose just one or two habits to change at a time, don’t overwhelm yourself by setting unrealistic expectations. Then, find ways to integrate them into your current routines. So when you do Habit A, you’ll do Habit B right after.
To help stay accountable try a habit tracker. I print a new one each month and work my new habits into my daily routines.
7. Do Something Uncomfortable
Leaving your comfort zone is hard, especially if you’re an introvert like me, but it’s an essential part of growing as a human being. I’ve been reading Sorry I’m Late, I Didn’t Want to Come: One Introvert’s Year of Saying Yes and while I personally think the author is completely crazy for trying some of the things she did, it’s definitely inspired me to try some new things that I wouldn’t normally.
When you leave your comfort zone you find new opportunities, new perspective, new friends, new skills, and so much more.
Find a small challenge that will make you a little nervous. Afterwards you’ll probably realize it wasn’t something to be afraid of after all.
You don’t have to go skydiving or do stand up comedy, but find something you can take baby steps with.
8. Make One New Connection
I’m about as solitary of a personal as it gets, I could go weeks without talking to another human and be perfectly happy, but even I have to admit it pays to have connections. You never know when you’ll need a job referral or a recommendation for a handyman.
Think about the qualities you want in that connection. Why do you want/need this person in your life? What value do you want them to bring to your life? How will you find them? Give these questions some thought.
9. Look Inward
It’s good to take time to do self assessments every once in a while. Sit down with a pen and paper and ask yourself some questions.
Are you happy with who you are as a person? Do you live up to your values? Is your life fulfilling? Have you been telling yourself false stories about why you “can’t” achieve your dreams?
Be really honest with yourself, not in a judgemental way but in a curious way. See where you need to shift directions, where you can do better, what new and exciting things you can try. Stretch yourself.
For more questions to ask, check out 35 questions to ask for the New Year.
10. Eliminate the Things You Don’t Enjoy
What in your life is stressing you out? Write down 10 things that first come to mind and then see if you can eliminate at least a few of them.
How can you make something you don’t enjoy easier? Can you negotiate with someone to share a task?
Is there a relationship that doesn’t make you feel good, where maybe you are giving and all they do is take or they just complain and criticize nonstop? Can you end that relationship or minimize situations where you might encounter that toxic person? Learn how to set boundaries with toxic people
If you hate your job can you start applying to other places, or start researching how to start the business you’ve been dreaming about?
Are there commitments you need to let go of so you can use that time for something else, even if it’s just down time?
Often we tell ourselves that we have to do certain things to please people, but it’s ok to put your needs first!
I hope you got some good ideas from this list of things to do before the new year. If you feel like you haven’t made the most of this year it’s not too late. You can make the best of 2023 despite any challenges this year has brought.