How to make December the most productive month of the year

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Well, 2020 passed very quickly and it was a crazy year. If we look back 10 years from now we might remember the election and all the drama about it, but one thing that we might remember for sure is how covid-19 changed your lives.

With 2020 almost in the books, many people already start making plans for 2021. But before you should do so you should try to make December your most productive month of the year.

“It is December, and nobody asked if I was ready.” ― Sarah Kay

Winter is known for its pacifying and relaxing properties and many find themselves getting far less done during it than the other seasons. Here’s a list of tips to maintain a warm attitude during the cold months.

“It is never over, though we are in December!”
― Ernest Agyemang Yeboah

Don’t stay indoors

As the cold hits the streets, it only feels natural to keep to the confines of your home. Spending large amounts of time indoors can be detrimental to your health, however, and breeds bad habits to boot. There’s plenty of unique outside activities to enjoy in December. If you give them a chance, you’ll find yourself more active in general, even when it comes to work. Just don’t exhaust yourself — all things in good measure.

“To appreciate the beauty of a snowflake it is necessary to stand out in the cold.”
- Aristotle

Prepare your immune system

This is the time of the year when you’re most likely to get ill, be it the cold, the flu or something more obscure. The cold itself making people ill is a myth, but it does make you more vulnerable to ever-present threats that you’d otherwise shrug off. My advice? Double down on the healthy food, especially fruit, and stay extra warm. You’ll find that prevention is far easier than recovery, so take care of yourself!

Don’t fall for the resolution trick

It’s become almost tradition to set an unachievable New Year’s resolution. If this kind of planning motivates you — make your resolution a series of small improvements that’ll make your life just a bit better. Going for a big change often takes a deep desire and a large amount of time and effort. Make sure to be realistic with your goals. Chances are that you won’t need any extra motivation for a change you want to see, and that’s why the New Year’s resolution is more suited for a series of tiny changes. Small steps accomplish more than large ones, because they’re taken easily.

“What good is the warmth of summer, without the cold of winter to give it sweetness.”
- John Steinbeck

Socialize more

Winter is a lovely time to enjoy yourself with those you care about. Many people find themselves with more time than they need, and that time could be spent with none other than you. Now’s the time to catch up with old friends and do all those activities you never had room for. By the time you’re done, you’ll be reaffirmed and energized, and you’ll probably make other people’s days more eventful too. Socializing is proven to keep people motivated, after all.

Don’t lose track

Above all else, don’t let yourself forget your goals. It’s not hard to delay and shift work around during the season that’s all about relaxation and comfort. Keep a cool mind and remember that every bit of work you do equates to more time for your enjoyment later. Indeed — December is a fine month to have fun, but it shouldn’t serve as an excuse to slack off. Maintain the right mindset and you’ll thank yourself for not budging later, while others are dealing with piled-up work.

“They who sing through the summer must dance in the winter.”
- Italian Proverb

Prepare financially

Similar to the last entry — around the New Year, always expect to spend a bit of money for festivities and/or entertainment. It might not even be your idea, but traditions are quite hard to break, and you might find yourself going along with less frugal activities because of your acquaintances. My advice: make a little fund over the year for the “New Year’s Emergencies”. Whether you thoroughly enjoy indulging a bit or find yourself getting pulled along, it never hurts to be ready.

A proper celebration

It’s the time for celebration, and you can find more than just the New Year to celebrate in December. Make a list of all your successes this year and take a day to congratulate yourself. Don’t bother with a grand celebration and focus on what makes you happy and comfortable for a day. My suggestion for this is to go to a nice place and simply enjoy the serene beauty of the snowy season — but that’s just my taste. Pick out an activity that you truly like and spend a day making up for all the hardships.

“People don’t notice whether it’s winter or summer when they’re happy.”
- Anton Chekhov

Watch your weight

During winter, you’ll spend more time indoors, even if you’re the active type. When you spend more time indoors, you’ll also eat more, and burn through less. It’s become somewhat of a comedic staple to associate the end of the year with gaining weight, and for good reason. Of course, You don’t have to dedicate the month to fitness, but try to be aware of how much you consume and compare it to other times of the year. You can, of course, simply exercise (more) indoors to help maintain a healthy balance. In general, try to think about more than the moment at any time during the month.

I hope the advice above will prove helpful for your December plans. Try to use what you’ve read to keep yourself motivated and weary of common mistakes. December is a month like every other. I know you are looking forward to the holidays at the end of the year, but before that try to make the most of the days ahead of you.

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