Just like having a birthday doesn’t really make you feel older, new years/New Years do/does not really feel new. So, I decided to force 2013 to be different. Here are six little things I did to make the new year feel like a fresh start:
- Changed ringtones
I don’t care if you splurge on the Skrillex remix or just pick something for your phone’s banked arsenal. It’s a change. An easy and noticeable one.
- Managed emails
Deleted old messages, but more importantly, unsubscribed from rarely-read newsletters and retail spam.
- Assessed my pantry
Tossed the old stuff and purchased the staples I didn’t realize I was almost out of–can’t bake on an empty pantry.
- Accepted a challenge
Finally did one of those “I’m going to read this many books this year” things. (See read with me box in the left sidebar.)
- Updated office supplies
You know what’s nice? A fresh stack of sticky notes, perhaps in fun new colors or shapes, and Sharpies that aren’t black, blue, more black, and dry. I even splurged on a hardcopy planner–but you don’t have to go that far.
- Resolved realistically
I made a new year’s resolution that wasn’t related to losing weight I wouldn’t work to lose, or eating things I’d never actually eat for more than a day. Instead I went for something simple, easy, and extremely superficial so that I never doubted the results: I resolved to put lipstick on before I walk out the door for the first time everyday. I look and feel like a new person, and people really seem to dig it.