Personally, I think people put a lot of pressure on themselves to make grand gestures of changing themselves when New Year’s rolls around. Of course, if you resolve to eat better, be nicer, go to the gym more, or spend more time cleaning, that’s all well and good
Do a few of these things on New Year’s Day after you’ve recovered a bit, and you’ll head into 2021 feeling organized, refreshed, and ready to take on whatever the new year throws at you.
1. Tidy up your computer
Much like your social media and phone, your computer probably has a bit of junk on it. Delete any old files or photos, and put everything else on an external hard drive or on the Cloud. You can also run an anti-virus search to make sure your computer is OK. Once you head back to work, your computer — and your mind — will be a lot clearer.
2. Take up a new hobby
Spend your relaxing New Year’s Day by learning something new. It can be almost anything — knitting, gardening, wood working, whatever you’re into. You’ll be able to perfect it the rest of the year, and you’ll feel like a new person by attempting something novel to you.
3. Purge your phone
Same thing goes for your phone. I have tons of numbers in there for people I don’t talk to anymore, and tons of unused selfies. Scroll though your contacts and delete any unnecessary or old numbers, as well as delete any photos you don’t need.
4. Write thank you cards
I always feel like a full-fledged adult whenever I write a thank you note to someone. Only if you ever do it once, you can start this New Year as a responsible and appreciative person who sends hand-written notes of thanks. Hey, you could even score some cute cards during the shopping day!
5. Clean your closet
And since you’re going to be bringing home some new clothes, you should probably raid your closet to get rid of all the things you never wear. It’ll feel good to give away some of your old stuff to make room for the new. That’s what New Year’s is about, right?
6. Go shopping
I don’t know about you, but I got a fair bit of cash and some gift cards over the holidays. And luckily for us, all the after-Christmas sales usually last past New Year’s, which means you can spend the first day of 2016 adding some trendy pieces to your wardrobe.
7. Finally ask someone out on a friend date, or date date
And by ask out, I don’t just mean like on a romantic date. If you have a cool neighbor whose WiFi network is the “Chamber of Secrets” and always compliments your outfit, see if she wants to grab a drink with you and your friends for happy hour. Or if you’ve been crushing on someone at your work/gym/local coffee shop/whatever, take the plunge and tell them you’re interested. After all, 2016 you is a whole lot braver than 2015 you, because you’re a year wiser now.
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