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?