As we are coming to the end of 2022 it starts to get more and more hectic and there is always so much to do and remember.
Whether you are hosting a big family this Christmas or not, there is always so much to organize and do before the New Year. There is something so exciting to me about coming to the end of the year. The chance to reflect on the past year and gives me the opportunity to think about what I want for 2023.
I have always loved writing lists. There is something about using a list that just helps me be more productive and feel organized. It certainly helps me not to forget anything, as lately my memory sucks!
So if you have a bad memory or you always feel overwhelmed during the festive period, these lists might be super helpful for you.
Here are the 12 lists I will be making before the end of 2022:
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1. Christmas gifts
With Christmas around the corner you will want to get organized with your gifts, especially if you have a big family and lots to buy for. I have a gift planner my mum brought me from BusyB. Writing down every person I need to buy for and what I am going to gift them. Not only does this help me get organized with what I have and haven’t brought yet. But, in addition, it can stop you from straying and going off budget.
2. Christmas cards to send
Christmas cards is always something I forget to do and I end up sending them last minute. However, I have Love Layla cards already, so I am excited to send these laugh out loud cards to my family and friends.
3. Big Christmas food shop
Sometimes there is just a few things you forgot when you go food shopping or you can go the other way and end buying A LOT more than you budgeted for. This list is something I will be writing this week, writing a list of all the food and ingredients we want for over the festive period. This way my family and I can keep adding things if we remember. Then when we do our big shop, hopefully we will not forget anything. This is also how I plan to stay on budget.
4. December goals
Just because we are coming up to the last month of 2022 doesn’t mean you shouldn’t make personal or work goals. It is one last hurrah of 2022, one last opportunity to hit all of your 2022 goals. I don’t like to se too many goals as December is always so busy.
One of my December goals is to have all of my December and January blog content written and scheduled. As well as content on my Instagram planned, so that I post consistently throughout November and December.
5. Christmas/Winter content to make
November and December are usually really busy traffic months, especially if you are participating in Blogmas. I always use a schedule to plan my blog content ahead of time. So, I have already written my list of blog content and it definitely makes me more organized. This method has helped me to not deal with writer’s block also.
6. Places to visit in December
I always want to be as festive as I can during December. There is always so much going on and I want to visit as much as I can. I already have a few places on my list that I want to visit, one being to visit Winter Wonderland in London. I have always wanted to go there for years and so I am really excited to experience it this year.
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7. What I am grateful for this year
Being organized to me isn’t just about planning and organizing your time and space. It is also about being mentally organized. I want to make sure I am in the right mindset to start a new year off super motivated in 2023. At the end of a year I like to use that opportunity to reflect. Part of that reflection is listing what I am grateful for in 2022. Practising gratitude is so beneficial for my mental health and brings more positivity. It is important to remember you attract what you put out.
8. A Christmas/Winter bucket list
Around Christmas and the Winter seasons there is so many things that you can experience and enjoy. I like to make a bucket list for every season and holiday as it encourages me to make time to enjoy the little things and experience all the seasons and holidays. A few things on my Winter bucket list are to visit Winter Wonderland, visit some Christmas markets and make a gingerbread house.
9. What I achieved in 2022
Another reflection list I like to make is writing what I have achieved in the past year. Whether they are small wins or big achievements, I write them all down. It can be not only useful but can motivate you to achieve even more next year. It can really highlight things I may have forgotten. It also works as a great mood-booster when you aren’t feeling your best.
10. Things I want to de-clutter before the end of the year
Like I said, a new year is always exciting for me. A clean slate and the ultimate fresh start. So, I like to take the time to write a list of everything I want to de-clutter and have organized before 2023. Some of the things I want to de-clutter are: my phone, my social media platforms and my desk. The saying goes ‘a cluttered space equals a cluttered mind‘.
11. What I have learned in 2022
Life is amazing and everyday is an opportunity to learn more about yourself and about life. At the end of the year I like to look back and list in my journal what I have learned. Not only is interesting to look back on in years to come and see how far you have come, but if you are looking for a new job a question you may get asked is what have you learned in the past year.
12. December to-do list
As December is such a busy month, I like to write monthly to-do lists to ensure I am the most productive and get everything done I need to. So, a December to-do list is a must. It is important that you also know how to write a better to-do list.
To make sure I am really organized these are the 12 lists that i will be writing before the end of 2022.
What lists will you be writing to stay organized in December?
I think these lists are all a great idea. As we near towards the end of the year, it is definitely a time to think and reflect. Thank you for sharing x
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The Curious Dig says
I’ll be doing some of these too. It’s the prime time for looking back and looking forward. Definitely need another declutter.
Lovely you still send Xmas cards but don’t leave it till the last minute with the postal strikes!
I am sending my Christmas cards out on Thursday 1st. Hopefully that will be enough time, fingers crossed. Thank you for reading and commenting.
The more I read your posts, you and I could be related … stationery, and now lists … I work constantly with lists. I routinely do many of the lists you identified … presents, cards, food, things I want to do over the holidays, things I need done before the holidays. I hadn’t realised it, but I’ve also got a list of things I want to do in December and over the holiday. Good luck with your lists 😆
I love stationery, lists and anything planning and organisation. It is great you are already utilising most of these lists. I hope you manage to complete all your things on your to do list in December.
That’s a lot of lists! I do love a list too. I’ve already done my Christmas shopping, so I’ve been able to delete that list! I’ll definitely be writing up my December goals soon as well xx
That’s great. I have a few little bits to buy and then I am done.
John Mulindi says
Thanks for sharing this. This inspires me to create a one, I like the ideas shared in this article.
Thank you for reading and commenting.
Fransic verso says
I like the idea of December goals, Christmas shopping is a lot of work. Hope you will manage through all of these without stress. Great list!
I have managed to nearly finish my Christmas shopping, thankfully. Yes I like to set monthly goals or things to focus on. I hope you have a fantastic December x
Her Digital Coffee says
These are all great lists! Not only are you preparing for the holiday season but also creating lists for goals and personal experiences. Thanks for the inspiration!
Thank you for your kind comment. I hope you have a great December.
I love these lists. A decluttering one sounds great but one I’d like to do is a goals list for 2023. I haven’t set goals for awhile and feel like it may be time to start again.
I hope you manage to start a goal list again. I did comment on your life lately, 6 times I tried so hopefully one went through. Thank you for reading and commenting.
I do love a good list and I will also be making some of these. Thanks for sharing!
I am glad they have been helpful. Thank you for reading and commenting.
Fadima Mooneira says
Wow… these are good end of the year goals. All the best to you.
Thank you. I am hoping to complete these lists and go into 2023 super organised!
I feel like December is the ideal time for list. It can be such a chaotic month and lists are a good way to keep organized. Thanks for the ideas.
Thank you for reading and commenting. I hope you have a great December.
I love a good list! I love the “what I achieved this year” because the little things you may not consider as achievements can really matter!
I will definitely be starting my “what I want to accomplish in 2023” list soon!
Small wins definitely matter! That’s awesome! Thank you for reading and commenting.
I love these list ideas Lauren! I have just got one more Christmas gift to buy and then I’m done – so happy about that 🙂 Love the idea of writing what you are grateful for in 2022 x
I only have a couple of stocking fillers to buy and then I am done too. Thank you for reading and commenting.
Mind Beauty Simplicity says
lists are a great way to feel accomplished and set goals. I also made a list for Christmas cards and places to visit in December. I love experiences over material items.
I hope you get to visit all the places on your list in December. Thank you for reading and commenting.
Kathleen Howell says
I am a born list-maker and I love these ideas! Thank you for sharing!
Lists are so helpful and it means I get to buy pretty stationery to use. Thank you for reading and commenting.
This is actively reminding me of some very important things I had on a brainstorm list. Thanks for helping me stay organized!
I am glad this post acted as a reminder for you. Thank you for reading and commenting.
Underground Research says
I’m trying to become more organized, and these are some great ideas of different lists to get started with!
I hope they help you. Thank you for reading and commenting.
I love a good list! They keep me on top of things, organized and calm. My biggest struggle is finding the notebook I like to use!
I love stationery shopping to find great products.
I have written one list for December – My daily workout goals. Monday and Thursday will be dance workout, Tuesday and Friday will be strength training, Wednesday and Saturday will be brisk walking, and Sunday dedicated to some flexibility stretches. Since it’s festive season and I am also traveling for a week, it will be a big challenge to manage exercises. But I am determined to do as much as I can. If nothing else works then I will be happy doing 30 minutes brisk walking after meals.
It is great you have made a list for December. I hope you are able to stick to your goals. Just if you don’t do it one day, start fresh the next day. Thank you for reading and sharing your goals. Can you link your blog?
Molly | Transatlantic Notes says
You’ve reminded me of a few things I need to do so this was perfect timing to read this; thanks for sharing!
I am glad this post has been helpful for you. Thank you for reading and commenting. I hope you have a great December. X
Aspen Hite says
Such great lists! I also have many of those planned (gratitude, celebration and reflection are my faves). I also need daily and weekly To-Do lists, then I keep an ongoing list of story ideas. May December serve you well. 💜
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