Now that the holidays are over, and we head into the thick of winter, you might be asking yourself, “now what?” Here’s a list of 10 things to do for the month of January that will not only keep you busy, but may even improve your mood! Try one, or all ten!
- Write thank you notes. It’s probably the last thing you feel like doing, but if you buy yourself some beautiful notes and a nice pen, it can actually be a therapeutic task. Find a quiet spot and take a moment to thank those who made your holidays special this year.
- Visit a dog park. Even if you don’t own a dog, pick a sunny day (bundle up if it’s cold) and head to your local dog park. If you do own a dog, he’ll love it. Watching dogs frolic is very entertaining and doesn’t cost a dime.
- Buy yourself (or someone else) some flowers. The supermarket has small, inexpensive bouquets that can really brighten up your desk or someone else’s day.
- Visit your local library and get a library card. You may think in this digital age, you have no use for a library, but you’d be wrong. Your local library has a lot of great offerings: DVD rentals, audio books; you can borrow magazines, read the paper, use the computer — all free of charge. And all those books! They’re just waiting for you to check them out (when’s the last time you read a good book?) Ask the librarian for recommendations or check out their reading lists, or connect with friends on Goodreads. Also, check the notices board to see what fun events are going on.
- Take a cooking class. You can meet new people and learn a new signature dish to impress your friends.
- Take down your holiday decorations. Just do it. But feel free to keep the lights up.
- Toss everything in your fridge and pantry that has an expired date. That includes vitamins and supplements.
- Delete shows you DVR’ed over the summer to make room for new shows you want to record this year.
- Ask your bank for a free check register and start keeping track of every dime you spend. Say “yes” to printed receipts at every checkout, and log your spending activities at the end of each day. Even if you don’t balance your checkbook each month, or even use checks anymore, this is a great way to start the new year off on the right financial foot.
- Check with your town offices to see if they offer adult education programs. There’s usually something for everyone. Why not investigate a foreign language, take an art class, or learn a musical instrument? Some classes may even be free. Try something new and meet new people!
Share your ideas with us on how you plan to stay busy this winter.