It seems that every year leading up to the holidays we are overwhelmed with seasonal preparations. Then Christmas comes and goes faster than a speeding sleigh and everything quickly quiets down. Although your calendar may be clear and a new year is on the horizon, don’t spend your entire holiday break lounging on the couch waiting for the ball to drop. Instead, use your time wisely and be productive. Here are three ways you can use your time off to prepare for a successful year ahead.
Catch up on house chores
The holidays are hectic and they can do a number on your home. Get moving while you’re away from work and tidy up your surroundings while you have the time. Clean up and organize new Christmas gifts and start thinking about taking down holiday decorations. That way you can kick off 2018 with a clean home and a clear mind.
Make your resolutions
Most of us make unattainable resolutions every year such as losing weight or getting out of debt. The reason we don’t achieve them is because many require a long-term commitment. For 2018, make more realistic resolutions with smaller more reasonable goals. For example, if you’d like to boost your credit score, do your research, make wise financial choices, and take your time getting to where you want to be.
Look ahead at work
Chances are once you return to the office, you’ll have a ton of emails and messages to catch up on. You don’t have to log on every day you’re at home, but checking things periodically or right before you head back to work will do you a world of good. Even if you don’t respond to messages or do hours of work, just knowing what to expect will get you in the right frame of mind for the coming year.