It’s Time to Winterize … Your Life, That Is

You’re familiar with the idea of winterizing your home at this time of year, but it’s also a good time to winterize your life. That means tying up loose threads you don’t want to be dragging with you into the new year. Things like…

  • Household projects you’ve put off.
  • Family situations you need to settle.
  • Financial or legal issues you’ve resisted.
  • Health conditions you haven’t looked at square in the face.

Use a quick planning process to kick yourself into gear: 

  1. List everything you want to wrap up before the end of the year.
  2. Is there anything you can handle quickly? Do those things first, because you get more done and get a mental boost.
  3. For any big challenges left over, prioritize the most critical first. These are things that could cause bigger problems later.
  4. Make a micro-plan for each challenge. A micro-plan includes daily actions you need to take in order to keep things moving along. 

By listing in writing all the little details, you put them in perspective, making them feel more doable. Remember the saying “How do you eat an elephant? One bite at a time.” 

Oh, and don’t forget to start your holiday shopping early!

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