You know when you’ve been on vacation, you’re refreshed and relaxed and ready to get home to your own space, only to open your front door and remember you made a GIANT mess packing for the trip and you’ve come home to a ton of work? It totally kills the vacation high, and over the years, I’ve developed a similar pattern around the holidays. ❄️
Usually around Thanksgiving, I start to “check out.” If it isn’t mandatory, I tell myself I’ll figure it out in January. All of the negotiable little tasks start to get pushed aside. Has a bunch of random stuff piled up in my car? I’ll clear it out in January. Do I have returns that need to be made? I’ll do it after the holiday madness has subsided. Is something broken that needs to be repaired? I’ll fix it after Christmas. 🎄
The problem is, when January 1st rolls around and I’m feeling inspired and eager and refreshed for a new year, I look at my to-dos and I’m so burdened by everything I pushed aside over the holidays that it kills any New Year inspiration I had. Just like coming home after a great vacation to a messy house.
I’ve gotten better over the years at cleaning my home before I go away, and this holiday season I’m trying to “clean” my to-do list so that on January 1st the only thing I have to focus on is new aspirations.
My current task? Backing up all of my 2019 files/photos/video onto multiple hard drives (in case one fails), so I can clear my computers and memory cards. It’s tedious and I hate it and it’s something I was so tempted to push aside but I’m refusing to spend any of 2020 dealing with tasks from 2019.
Does anyone else try to approach a new year with this tactic? Or do you allow yourself to check out as much as possible during the holidays? To be fair, I think everyone should go a little easy on themselves during this time of year, but I’m trying to find a balance where I’m not sabotaging future me. What are your tips for a productive January?