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4 Things to Do to Get Ready for 2021

Well, the start of a brand new year is less than a day away. And after the year we have lived through in 2020, we're all hoping that 2021 will be a lot better. But instead of just hoping that 2021 will be a better year, let's talk about a few things that you can do to get the new year off to a good start.

Take 30 minutes to clean up and organize one area in your home/office

If you're anything like me, things start to pile up around your house and/or office as the year winds down. At home, it's all of the Christmas presents that need put away or the boxes that need broken down. At the office, it's the clutter that takes over your desk as you try to get everything done before the end of the year.

So, to get the new year off to a good start, take 30 minutes to tackle one area that needs a little organization. Having just one space cleaned up and organized will take a little stress out of your life and probably motivate you to tackle another area.

Write a Financial Overview

At the beginning of a new year, a lot of people resolve to do a better job managing their finances in the year to come. But you can't do that if you don't know where you're starting from. So take a few minutes and write down what your finances look like at the beginning of 2021.

Write down how much money you have in your checking account, your savings account, your emergency fund, and your retirement accounts. And I know that you may not actually have all of these accounts...let alone actually having money in all of them. But if you really want to manage your money, you're going to need all of these accounts. So even if you're starting with $0 in some of them, write it down and then check back throughout the year to see how your finances change.

Pick out one book that you want to read this year.

The simple reality is that most people don't spend a whole lot of time reading. The truth is, I could've probably counted the number of books that I read after I finished my formal education on one hand before 2018. But in 2018, I committed to reading more.

So in 2018, I read 29 books. In 2019, I read 53. And in 2020, I have read 65 books. And I'm not writing this to brag on myself. I'm writing this to say that if I can go from rarely reading to reading more than a book a week, then you can become a more avid reader as well.

And it starts by picking out just one book to read. And it can be any kind of book you'd like. You can read fiction or non-fiction. You can read classic literature or something published last year. You can read a 1,000-page novel or a couple of dozen pages in a children's book. But pick out one book and commit to reading it in 2021.

Flip through the Photo Roll on your phone

Most of us have way more pictures on our smartphones than we even realize. But what's the point of taking all of those pictures if you never go back and look at them?

So, as 2021 begins, spend some time scrolling through all the photos you took in 2020. Look at the pictures you took in January and February before the pandemic began. Then look at the pictures you've taken since March and think about how much life has changed...but also notice how much hasn't.

Look back on the year that was, and see how blessed you were even during one of the most difficult years we've ever faced.

So that's four things that you can do to get 2021 off to a good start. And the best part is, you still have time to do them all before 2020 comes to an end. So get started and let's make 2021 a great year together.

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