It's refreshing to let one year end and another one begin. Even though it's just a turning point from December to January, it's still a good opportunity to reset your life and get things back on track (don't lie, we all know things fell off track in 2016).
You probably made a mental list of what you want to achieve this year. Here's a some unique ideas to get you on the right path.
Begin a 52 week savings plan.
It's not too late! You can still get onboard with an easy savings plan that'll leave you loaded by the end of the year.
How it works: you set aside a certain amount of money each week (depending on how much you want to have accumulated by the end of the year). Some methods snowball from the previous week, i.e. Week 1: $10, Week 2: $20, Week 3: $40, etc. Others are a fixed amount, such as $40 every week. Either way, you're still gonna thank yourself by the end of the year.
Figure out your credit.
If you don't already have it, get it. This is easily established by opening a credit card. You can sign up for one at most major retailers: Best Buy, Victoria's Secret, Buckle, etc.
Or, take a further leap and get yourself a VISA credit card. But do the smart thing and pay off the amount right away. Then BAM, you have good, reputable credit. This is especially useful when you want to take out a loan for a house, car, or any other adult purchase.
Donate a piece of clothing for each one you buy.
This a sure-fire way to keep your closet from bursting at the seams. For every clothing purchase, find something that you already own that you don't want anymore and sell it or donate it. If you can't find something you don't want to throw out, then you don't need to buy new clothes.
Start saving receipts and documents.
Important documents should always be saved and organized in a binder or folder so that everything is one place. Receipts for major purchases, like car repairs and appliances, should also be kept in a folder. This way, you can easily access information about your medical history, taxes, and anything else boring.
Keep track of your thoughts.
Any time you're ever curious or unsure about something, write it down or save it in your phone. When you're bored, you'll have a list of things to look up and learn about.
Send more thank you notes.
This goes a long way. Whenever someone does something for you, helps you out with something, or is just a good friend to you, send them a thank you note. It has way more value than a text.
Keep your phone away from your bed when you sleep.
Not just for the sake of preventing you from checking social media like an obsessive freak. This also forces you to get up out of bed when your alarm goes off in the morning. Once you're standing, you won't want to go back to sleep. See ya, snooze.
Revitalize your lifestyle for 2017 and make changes that you may not have thought of. You've got nothing to lose!