December. It’s that month when some people get excited over the holidays and others rush to complete checking-off their annual to-do lists. But for many of us, it’s also that time when we somehow get that need to reflect on the year that’s passed and figure out if it went well or not before dreaming about what we’d like the next year to be.
Often, December creeps up on a person like a jack-in-a-box. We’d spend all year cranking away at our jobs and suddenly *wham* “Suprise! It’s december! The year is over!”
I like December because it offers me the most choice: I could work it off, I could take some time off, or I could just take a slower pace at work and it would all be fine.
What are you doing this December?
If you have no idea, here are five things you could do:-
- Plan a party
After an entire year of working, there’s nothing better to keep the friendship than to hold a small party. Not many people like to do the planning so just step up and be THAT person. Most people would appreciate it(afterwards at least).
- List all the people who made your year a good one and send them a card.
I don’t know if people send others letters and cards these days but if you’re like me and you enjoy receiving hand-written notes, this is probably a good time to send a personal note. If they’ve made your year, sure they deserve a personal thank you right?
- Go on a short impromptu vacation
Ok, this one’s going to be a little expensive if you do this now but if you haven’t gone on a vacation for a long time and you’ve got the urge now…go! Workaholics like you and I will always find a reason to stay a while longer to get a bit more done but a vacation is always good for the soul.
- Read a book
I started out the year wanting to read like 2 books a month. How far am I? I think i’ve only hit around 10 books so far. If you haven’t had time to read, this is definitely a good month to do that. Find a cafe, laze in your bed, bum on the couch and enjoy a good book over a nice cup of coffee/chocolate.
- Start preparing your 2011 to-do list
Not sure if this is going to resonate well with the people who don’t believe in list-making but instead of rushing through what you want to do next year, why not take the entire month to just slowly figure what really matters and put them into a list. I’m in the process of creating mine…and it’s definitely including some vacations.
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Edit: Don’t you think “December” also makes a nice name for a girl?