Today I’m sharing 10 things to do before 2021 rolls around. There’s just four more months left of this year, I can’t believe how quickly the year has gone by! I’m already stressing out about Christmas shopping! Isn’t it funny how time moves so slowly when you’re a kid but so fast as an adult? If you feel like you haven’t made the most of the year it’s not too late. You can still accomplish so much! Try these ideas so you can feel good when you reflect on 2020 at the end of the year.
Things to do Before 2021
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!
Declutter One Room or Category
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. Pick at least one room, area, or category to go through and declutter now.
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!
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.
Develop a New Hobby
Is there something you’ve wished you were good at for a while but never tried to learn? It could be sewing, cooking, painting, drawing, calligraphy, playing an instrument, knitting, or anything else. 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.
Revisit Your 2020 Goals
If you haven’t looked at your 2020 goals since January don’t feel bad! Given how 2020 has been going just about everyone has probably abandoned some goals. I lasted until April and then they went out the window. 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!
Throw a Fancy Zoom Dinner Party
The fall and winter are the perfect time to have a cozy dinner with friends (2020 update) over Zoom. There is something so magical about all the fun decorations that we put out this time of year. Make some good food, set the table to look really nice, invite some people you like, and have a nice time. If you don’t have someone to invite just do it for yourself!
You don’t have to spend a lot of money either, there are so many cute decorations at the dollar store these days, it’s easy to make your space look fancy on a budget!
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. You don’t have to go skydiving, but 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.
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.
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.
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?
Can you eliminate a habit that’s hurting you and trade it for a new positive habit?
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?
If you hate your job can you start to 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?
I hope you got some good ideas from this list of things to do before 2021. Lets make the best of 2020 despite all the challenges this year has brought
Love and light,