Three Things You Can Do Before the End of the Year

The last couple of weeks before the new year are filled with a ton of different things such as traveling, buying gifts and cooking delicious food. Through all of the madness, I try to accomplish a few things to get started on the right track before the new year. 


One | Email Clean Up

This is probably one of the biggest things I do when sitting around with the family – in between trying pies and playing board games. I have four email accounts and like many of you, there are several different subscriptions that send way too many emails over the year and overwhelms my inbox. Going through and organizing my inboxes is a task, but I’m thankful to see the totals drop when I’m finished. If you’re looking for some advice on where to start, check out this article


Two | Password(s) Reset

I’ve only done this the last two years, but I think it’s important. I’ve read before that changing passwords every six months is preferable, but let’s be honest, I don’t think I can come up with that many unique passwords unless I simply can’t remember one. I’d highly recommend creating a passwords inventory somewhere in your notes application on your phone or a simple Word document on your computer. It’s a good idea to change the most important passwords first, such as online banking or an electronic health record. Then I’d move on to others that could be threatened if the password remains unchanged. It’s a simple, yet important task, that’s inevitable throughout the year. 



Three | Spring Cleaning in December

If you’re at home for the holidays, I’d recommend cleaning out your closet and donating your gently-used clothes or appliances. There’s always someone in need! You can research local charities (i.e. food pantries, consignment shops) or donate to larger organizations including Goodwill, the Salvation Army or the Red Cross. Between the fires in California and the hurricane relief efforts in Puerto Rico, Texas and Florida, there should be plenty of opportunities to help others. I think the season of charitable giving should be year-round, and I’m always looking for ways to improve the quality of life for others. 

Even if you only pick one of these things to do, that’s enough to say you were productive and celebrated the holidays. I’m also not judging if you kick your feet up and enjoy some eggnog and great company. After all, it is one of most wonderful times of the year, full of excitement and maybe even some drama at the dinner table. 

Happy Merry Everything!