Seven Things to Do Before the Clock Strikes Twelve

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Follow our to do list to start a new life in the New Year

The end of the year is the time for summing things up, fulfilling obligations, repaying debts and making to do lists for the coming year.

Get Rid of Trash

Just follow the example of the Italians, who enthusiastically get rid of all the old and unnecessary stuff at the end of the year. Check your closet - it's unlikely that you would still need clothes which you didn't put on for the whole year. Don't hesitate to give to your niece the jeans, which you bought one size smaller in the hope that they would fit when you lose weight. You will buy new ones, maybe even a couple, when you really lose weight. Get rid of bed sheets and curtains that you are bored with or even a loose chair, and put it all with the trash. There are promotions and sales on New Year's Eve, so you will easily make up for your losses. Just leave what is necessary, what pleases you and compliments your home.

Stop Toxic Relationship

Here's a simple analogy. If the food is spoiled, you throw it away, so why would you still continue to spend time with someone who drains your energy and literally poisons your life? If you can't abruptly end relationships with toxic people, try to at least minimise your contact with them. Make a promise to yourself that in the next year you will communicate with those who are interesting and easy going, those who help you grow and improve your self-esteem.

Express Gratitude and Ask for Forgiveness

Make a list of people who helped you during the past year or with whom it's simply pleasant to spend time and make sure you do something nice for them. You can send emails with beautiful photos, postcards and wishes or call everyone and say a few kind words to them. We're sure you can find those words.

Ask forgiveness from the ones you are in a quarrel with, even if it wasn't your fault. Hurt, anger and other negative feelings are better to leave in the old year and start the new one at ease with a positive attitude and an open mind. It's better to forgive once than to carry a burden of offenses for the rest of your life.


Pay Back Your Debts and Fulfill Promises

Try to repay all material and moral debts before the end of the year. Didn’t you promise your friend, who lives far away, to visit him a hundred times? It's time to keep that promise! As for financial debts, if you can't return the whole amount at once, repay it gradually month by month. It's better than nothing.

Analyse Your Mistakes

This is easy to say, but hard to do, yet it's always easier to learn from your own mistakes than from others'. And when will you do so, if not now? Remember all of your epic failures over the past year, all of the faults and mistakes, write them down and analyse them. Try to turn your emotions off, don't be angry with yourself, don't be ashamed, don't feel bad, just think of conclusions that can be drawn from what happened.


Check Your Health

Many clinics introduce promotions and offer to do a full examination for a lower price closer to the New Year than at any other time of the year. Don't neglect this favorable offer, as any disease is always easier to prevent than to cure. Even if you get unpleasant results, it's still better than living in ignorance. Health is priceless.

Summarise and Draw Up a Plan

The end of the year is a time to remember two simple truths. First, a good plan is already half the battle, second, you have to determine where you are at the moment to understand where you need to go. Therefore, sum up all aspects of your life: education, career, home and love life. When everything is more or less clear, you will understand that it wouldn't hurt to get a second degree or to register for a foreign language course, which you have long dreamed to master. Then it's simple: repeat the magic mantra "I see the goal, I see no obstacles, I believe in myself" and start to make your plan a reality. But first, write down all the goals to remember them.