7 ways to get ahead in the period between Christmas and New Year

The six days between Christmas and New Years Day can be an odd and dreaded period. Some of us are required to go back to work the day after Christmas, while others are given the week off until after New Years’. 

Whatever your employment status looks like, it’s likely you may not have the energy to actually complete any big projects. Because of this notorious lull, there are several names given to this space between holidays.

Romjul is the Norwegian name for these six days, while many in the United States call it Twixtmas. Either way, it leaves us in limbo before we start our New Year’s resolutions and other goal-setting tasks.

While others sit around eating leftovers and regret how many holiday treats they consumed, this is the perfect time to get ahead on a few projects you may have neglected.

Here are 7 ways to get ahead in the dreaded period between Christmas and New Year:

1. Ditch those resolutions and make goals for next year

Rather than making the common resolutions like, get on a budget, lose weight, or start meal planning, set goals for 2021. Goals should be S.M.A.R.T. and set you up to actually achieve results this coming year. S.M.A.R.T. goals are:

  • Specific
  • Measurable
  • Achievable
  • Realistic
  • Timely

Instead of saying you want to lose weight next year, make a goal to lose a specific number – like 20 pounds.

After setting this goal, give yourself a deadline for when you want to achieve this result and set a plan for how you are going to do it. 

In other words, the better goal would be, “I am going to lose 20 pounds by March and I will work out four times a week for an hour to achieve this goal.”

2. Take advantage of after Christmas sales

While December 26th is notoriously busy for returning items, like the sweater you received but will never wear, use this time to shop some of the deeply discounted items.

Retailers will start to offer steep discounts on the items that didn’t sell before the holiday in hopes of clearing out their inventory.

3. Find a new educational podcast

In an earlier post, I wrote about 18 podcasts that are as good as getting an MBA, which may be just what you need to get ahead in these six days.

With the increasing popularity of podcasts, there is a wide range of topics you can learn about while recovering from holiday activities.

4. Spend the week cooking and freezing meals

Meal planning is a great way to save money and eat healthier after the New Year. However, most people fail to develop a great routine to continue doing this resolution with success.

Use these six days to cook and freeze as many healthy meals you can make and store in your freezer to set you up for the first few weeks in January. Depending on your ambition level and freezer space, you may be able to stock up on more prepared meals to make 2021 much less stressful.

5. Clean out your closets

All the new items you received for Christmas are going to have to go somewhere.

This is a great opportunity to go through your closets and storage spaces to clear out everything you didn’t use this past year. Pull everything out you don’t need and put it in a donate or sell pile. 

6. Start a habit that contributes to your mental or physical health

Due to our busy schedules, we often fail to take care of our mental and physical health during the year. Small positive habits can have significant impacts on our health as long as we stick with them. 

Dedicate three days a week to going for a light jog or a walk to start building up a routine you will stick to. Start reading again and give yourself time to relax every day with a good book.

Download a meditation app to start clearing your mind every morning before you begin your day. Find a habit that you enjoy and start it during this limbo time.

7. Clean out your social media

This is the perfect time to get into your social media accounts and start unfollowing those who don’t add value or bring joy to your life.

People who always seem to be perfectly happy or are constantly down in the dumps can slowly eat away at your happiness. 

Use this time to get ahead

While others are resting and mindlessly scrolling through social media during the time between Christmas and New Year’s, use this time to take control of your life and make 2021 better than 2020.