How to end 2018 with a bang

10 Things You Should Do Before 31 December 2018

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Here is the list of 10 things you should do before 31 December 2018 and end the year with a bang. I am sure you begin 2018 with a list of goals. Take a quick check, are each of those goals crossed out from your list? 

If you haven’t completed or achieved all of your 2018 goals, you still have a couple of weeks to get it done. Congratulations to those of you that had successfully reached all of your goals and targets. The time has come to create new goals for 2019. 

How to end 2018 with a bang

But before you start planning for 2019, let’s plan to end 2018 with a bang shall we?

How To End 2018 With A Bang?

Here is the list of  10 things you should do before 31 December 2018 and start the countdown for the new year.

1. Spring Cleaning

Minimize all the clutter in your home. Get rid of all the unwanted. If you are wondering which corner to start, I suggest decluttering at the space you spent the most time each day.  That’s usually the place where junks accumulate.

For those of you that work from home, the best place to start spring cleaning would be your home office or work table. Or you could choose to start by decluttering your closet. Don’t forget to ‘declutter’ your laptop and mobile phone’s memory too.

Before you begin, make sure you all well equipped with all the cleaning supplies needed. Garbage bags or boxes and the vacuum cleaner is a must have.

Get rid of torn and broken items. The more freed up space you have the better. However, try not to throw away items that are still in good condition but is no longer useful to you. Store them in a separate box and later you can decide either to sell them as pre-loved items or donate them to charity. Then you would have another good deed done to add to your list before the year ends.

Take your time to clean the whole house. You don’t have to complete it all in a day. Focus on only one or two rooms a day. If you start today, your house will surely be clutter and dust free by 31 December.

2. Take That Much Needed Break

It’s time to relax and unwind and get rid of all the accumulated 11 months of stress. Enjoy your annual leave. Go on a short break or vacation to somewhere you always wanted to go.  

Somewhere closer to nature will help you to feel more relaxed and motivated to take on the new year. Your body and mind needs to be recharged to face more challenges that the new year would bring.

3. Spend Time With Family And Friends

The festive season will be a good time to catch up with family and friends. Have mini gatherings at each other’s houses. I believe family bonding time is very important and what better time to have it than during the festive season.

When my late grandmother was around, we used to gather at her house on Christmas eve. Her house would be filled with chats and laughter while we fed our face with all the yummy food. 

At midnight, we would all queue up to hug her before we hug and wish one another. Then presents would be passed around the living room and in every corner young and old would be excitedly opening presents. 

Oh how much I missed those wonderful times. It was a day I looked forward to every year. This Christmas would be the 2nd year without her around. And somehow things would never be the same again. 

4. Take That Challenge

I am sure there is something you always wanted to try, but maybe the fear of that challenge had hold you back. Why not overcome that fear before the year ends.

You only have one life to live, so live it to the fullest. Face every fear, jump over every hurdle. Don’t let anything hold you back any longer. By overcoming a challenge, you will feel more motivated to start the new year.

10 Things You Should Do Before 2018 Ends

5. Medical Checkup

It is important to always keep your health in check. Go for a medical screening before you kick-start the new year. Seek advice from your doctor on ways to improve your lifestyle.

Mental health is as important as physical health. Speak to a professional if you have difficulties coping with anxiety or stress. Remember that it is important to have both a healthy body and a healthy mind. 

6. Shopping

You still have time to shop for presents even if you are a last minute shopper. There are so many beautiful Christmas gifts that you can find in stores or if you hate the crowd and the jam, then just purchase those gifts online.

Precious Moments has some beautiful Christmas gifts that you can purchase online. They have figurines, ornaments, dolls, plush, books, bibles, children’s books, calendars, waterglobes and many more. Don’t forget to check them out.

While shopping for presents for loved ones, why not buy an outfit or two for yourself. I am sure you want to look good for the new year, don’t you.

After all the hard work for the whole of 2018, you should reward yourself with something nice.

7. Review 2018

 Take some time to reflect on 2018 on every aspect of your life (personal, financial, emotional…) How much did you manage to achieve in a year? List down all the ups and downs of 2018.

See the ups as a benchmark for you to achieve higher and the downs be a lesson that will motivate you to work harder.

8. Celebrate 31 December 2018

There are bound to be good days and bad days in each year. No matter how your journey was in 2018, New Year’s Eve should always be celebrated. Its a day to bid farewell to the past and greet a warm welcome to a new beginning.

Always try to be positive at every ending to attract a positive aura for a new beginning. 

9. Set Goals

Take some time during the last days of 2018 to set a few goals for yourself. Whether its long or short terms goals, you decide. This is when my planner and journal comes in handy.

Before the start of a new year, I like to list down all my goals at the front page of my planner and journal. Then I start planning ahead based on those goals.

10. Planning For 2019

Planning ahead is very important to keep you on the right track. To start planning, a good planner is a must have. Years ago, I used to go to one bookstore after another to find for a suitable planner. 

Now, purchasing a good planner is so easy. I can just browse through different planners and just buy them online.

The choice of planner from Daily Greatness and Kahootie has caught my eyes. Are you searching for a good planner too? Drop by at their site, their planners and journals are very attractive.

Dailygreatness Daily Journal
2019 planner to plan for the new year
2019 Planner From Kahootie

Are You Ready To End 2018 With A Bang?

Me? I have crossed out 5 from this list. Another 5 more to go. What about you? Do share with me your thoughts about ending 2018 with a bang in the comment section below.

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  1. Konstantina says:

    I have already had my annual checkup and took a much needed social media break last month. There are a lot of things o haven’t done yet thought. I better hurry up.

    1. karenmonica says:

      That’s good. You have crossed out two very important things from the list. I am sure you will be able to cross out many more.

  2. No matter what I do, our house looks like a mess, life with a toddler I guess! So I think cleaning is out of the question lol! I do need to work on planning for next year though!

    1. karenmonica says:

      Forget about cleaning when you have a toddler or kids in the house…lol

  3. Annemarie LeBlanc says:

    I think a medical check up would be good. It is best that we know our state of health, whether there was improvement or not, and this does not only pertain to weight loss. Thanks for your suggestions. I will make that a yearly habit!

    1. karenmonica says:

      Oh yes, its good to have an annual medical checkup to keep our health in check.

  4. Dec 31st is my birthday! Lol. I do most of these anyway and as a Capricorn, we’re notorious list-makers and planners. I also winter clean and make sure to donate stuff before then.

    1. karenmonica says:

      Oh really, then you can really end the new year with a bang. Happy birthday in advance πŸ™‚

  5. Absolutely hanging out with friends and family a must. I love to gather with my loved ones and Christmas is a great time to that.

    1. karenmonica says:

      Yes Christmas is a great time to be surrounded with family and friends πŸ™‚

  6. These are all great! I have done or I am planning to do them. I really love that you suggest ending the year positively so you can start the new year on positively.

    1. karenmonica says:

      All the best in your planning πŸ™‚

  7. These are some great tips. I normally do my check up at the beginning of the year due to my insurance. Every year my husband and I sit together and discuss our relationship goals for the following year in conjunction with us doing our personal goals

    1. karenmonica says:

      Wow, that’s a great routine to discuss together with your husband about relationship goals.

  8. Love this post! I don’t think I’ve had much of a breather these last couple of months, so time to slow down! I definitely want to do a review of this year, I feel that I’ve accomplished some goals while not quite meeting others. Perhaps with a glass of wine!

    1. karenmonica says:

      Time to celebrate the goals that you have accomplished πŸ™‚

  9. I love that this list included both fun and necessary items! I’m always down for a deep cleaning opportunity!

    1. karenmonica says:

      Thank you, Liz. Cleaning opportunities don’t come easy πŸ™‚

  10. Lots to do before the end of the year. I’m hoping to find some time to spend with family and friends over Christmas once my work load goes down a little.

    1. karenmonica says:

      Hopefully you will get it all done and you will have extra time to spend with family and friends πŸ™‚

  11. Whitney Kutch says:

    What a great list! This season, for me, is really all about taking a deep breath and spending quality time with family and friends. Although I do agree that planning for 2019 is a big part of it, too!

    1. karenmonica says:

      That’s the best part of Christmas, to spend quality time together with family and friends πŸ™‚

  12. I do check ups in Jan bc insurance! But I def need to clean!

    1. karenmonica says:

      No matter which month, yearly medical checkups are important.

  13. “You only have one life to live, so live it to the fullest.” That’s very true! I would love to go for a med-check this month. Thank you for sharing this list of amazing ideas!

    1. karenmonica says:

      A yearly medical checkup is great for us to live our life to the fullest πŸ™‚

  14. I better get onto this list πŸ™‚ I cannot believe how fast this year has gone, I really like your post! I hope 2019 will be a fab year for you!

    1. karenmonica says:

      Thank you, Alexandra. I wish the same for you too. I can’t believe 2018 is going to end too. Time seems to be flying even faster nowadays.

  15. I would say that you have perfectly summarized what I do every year at the end of the year or that I plan to do for the new year, but how many of these things can I keep? I’m happy to say the most!

    1. karenmonica says:

      Wow, that great Cristina.

  16. I will be going traveling for 3 weeks during the Christmas holidays, so I will take that much needed break and just relax and enjoy a new country. I have made already a few plans for 2019 as well.

    1. karenmonica says:

      That’s awesome. Enjoy your holidays Joanna.

  17. Great list. Good reminders to keep on top of the things that are important.

    1. karenmonica says:

      Thank you Wendy πŸ™‚

  18. I do not set goals because you never know. However other ideas are lovely.

    1. karenmonica says:

      Goals are sometimes made to be broken…lol πŸ™‚

  19. You have good list of 10 things to do before year end. And I found there are something that I have to do such as Medical check up and taking up the challenge. Health is the most important and we should put it number 1. Thanks for the list of reminder.

    1. karenmonica says:

      You are welcome. Oh yes medical checkup is very important πŸ™‚

  20. Number 4 is where I am at! I also like how you talked about the need for self-reflection. Great post!

    1. karenmonica says:

      I believe self-reflection is important to keep us motivated.

  21. Spring cleaning in December? You are so ambitious! Seriously though, this is a great list and its a really positive way to gain momentum for 2019

    1. karenmonica says:

      That’s the only time many will be free to clean…lol

  22. I love this. If you fell of track with your resolutions for 2018, following this list at the end nearly makes up for it! Have a Happy New Year!

    1. karenmonica says:

      As long as 2018 hasn’t come to an end… there is still time to catch up πŸ™‚

  23. I love your list. I must do a thorough cleaning of my messy house 😁 this is the top of my list hahaha

    1. karenmonica says:

      It’s the cleaning season…lol πŸ™‚

  24. Ankita says:

    Yeahh!! I met my 2018 resolutions. Definitely now taking it like you mentioned easy, shopping spending time with family eating. Merry Christmas & new years to you.. great post

    1. karenmonica says:

      Wow, that’s great. Merry Christmas and happy New year to you too πŸ™‚

  25. We do so many of these every year. We participate in a memory jar as a family so reflecting on the year is a tradition! Looking into the new year we also set our goals as a family. It’s almost time to start working on that!

    1. karenmonica says:

      That’s wonderful. I am sure its a yearly activity that everyone in your family looks forward to.

  26. I think the only thing I have left to do is party on New Years Eve! πŸ˜€ I’ve ticked everything else off the list.

    1. karenmonica says:

      Wow, you are so organized. Happy New Year to you πŸ™‚

  27. I am leaving for the US next week for two weeks to see my family. So, because of this, I been cleaning my apartment and getting rid of all the dust mites!

    1. karenmonica says:

      Merry Christmas and happy holidays to you. Enjoy the New Year πŸ™‚

  28. NYE is my favorite holiday. I love the list you gave out and I definitely have these on my list as well probably since I was 14! So far I am missing a medical checkup tho. Teehee!

    1. karenmonica says:

      I am sure you are already well organized then. Happy New Year to you πŸ™‚

  29. Kristine Nicole Alessandra says:

    Spring cleaning or major house cleaning is what we do before the year ends. Call it tradition, call it superstition, but we do want our house to be clean and organized in welcoming the New Year.

    1. karenmonica says:

      That’s great Kristine. It’s always wonderful to be prepared to welcome the New Year.

  30. What a wonderful post! December is usually such a busy month for me. Thanks for sharing! πŸ™‚

    1. karenmonica says:

      It’s a very hectic month for me too. That’s why I tried to start much earlier this year πŸ™‚

  31. You pretty much gave us a complet elist of what to do this 2018. Makes me want to start a few in order to achieve them and by the time 2019 strikes, i am all ready for a new year.

    1. karenmonica says:

      There is still time for you to achieve them all before the new year. Happy New Year to you πŸ™‚

  32. I would love to do all of these things before the year is up. Sadly, I’m not sure I’ll have the time.

    1. karenmonica says:

      You still have about 2 weeks. You can do it girl πŸ™‚

  33. OMG! I badly need a major spring cleaning. I have a lot of stuff at home that I need to let go of.

    I super love your list. This is what’s exactly on my mind. I hope I have enough time to do this which means in 13 days. πŸ™‚

    1. karenmonica says:

      I am sure you can get rid of all the unwanted stuff but don’t stress out yourself.

  34. i do most of these things every week or month. It keeps a track on my life events and creates a proper analyzation of ongoing life.

    1. karenmonica says:

      Wow, you are really so organized. Need to learn from you πŸ™‚

  35. Sundeep says:

    Spring cleaning already done. And we are focusing on another things like how to celebrate 31st, shopping never ends, health check is already done and we are happy that we done almost each and everything which you mentioned above. Thanks for sharing the article

    1. karenmonica says:

      Wow, you are so advanced. I still have a few more to complete.

  36. Interesting list. I would love to take a break from everything.

    1. karenmonica says:

      That’s great πŸ™‚

  37. im in a full digital declutter spree at the moment ! is it spring now where you are ? i dig the idea of spring in december

    1. karenmonica says:

      We don’t have the 4 seasons in Malaysia. So it’s spring anytime of the year…lol

  38. I have already started finishing certain things before 2018 ends. Took a much needed break too and went for a vacation

    1. karenmonica says:

      That’s wonderful. I am sure you enjoyed your vacation πŸ™‚

  39. 2 and 3 is most important for me, taking that much needed rest and spending quality time with family is very important.

    1. karenmonica says:

      Yes, to me that is the most important ones too πŸ™‚

  40. Devyani says:

    I am taking the much needed break!

    1. karenmonica says:

      Enjoy your break πŸ™‚

  41. I’m currently working on this list. I have a long way to go 😬

    1. karenmonica says:

      I am sure you will get things done πŸ™‚

  42. I love that instead of focusing on resolutions for the new year, you are focusing on things to do NOW before the end of this year. Spring cleaning is such a good one!

    1. karenmonica says:

      Yes, its the time to declutter before we begin the new year πŸ™‚

  43. Wow! Those are a lot of good tips! I’m definitely going to take a break and spend time with my family next week! It’s much needed! I’ll probably do some “winter” cleaning too!

    1. karenmonica says:

      Enjoy your holidays πŸ™‚

  44. I think this a well thought out list. I truly believe in taking time at the end of the year to reflect on achievements and failures. I believe this is the key to personal growth.

    1. karenmonica says:

      Yes it’s important to reflect, to see how far we have come and how higher we can go

  45. Take time for the much needed break and be with family and friends oh yes! The best to give yourself these holiday season!

    1. karenmonica says:

      Definitely, that is the best πŸ™‚

  46. This is so great! I think, at this time of year, people just end up waiting to “start new things” or get organized until the New Year, but why not start early?! I especially agree with you on the Spring Cleaning idea. I always deep clean our house before the New Year.

    1. karenmonica says:

      Yes it is always nice to welcome the new year with a clean house πŸ™‚

  47. Bindu Thomas says:

    These are all good reminders for everyone to keep life better than before. Thank you for sharing.

    1. karenmonica says:

      You are welcome Bindu πŸ™‚

  48. I paid and had housekeeping service come in and deep clean my house. Since I had baby #3 in June, I have been clacking off on things like the blinds, baseboards, laundry room. It was a great present from me to ME to have professionals so it for me once.

    1. karenmonica says:

      It’s always great to reward yourself. It is never easy to clean the house with kids.

  49. 8/10 ain’t bad right! We only missed the cleaning (awww so boriiiiing), and a medical checkup (will do in a few weeks, thanks for sharing!

    1. karenmonica says:

      Wow, that’s already great. Happy New Year to you πŸ™‚

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