The Christmas rush is over, and you should be feeling calm. So what’s that subtle itch deep inside you? That one that’s tugging at you, haunting you, reminding you that despite all the holiday successes, you still never fixed that leaky faucet like you said you would. Lucky for you, the year’s not over yet, and there is in fact a day tailor-made for you. On December 29, don’t forget to take advantage of Still Need To Do Day, when folks across the country will use what remaining time they have in the year to make some final checks on their year-long “to do” list. In the downtime between opening presents and banging pots and pans, consider what you can get done in 24 hours this December 29.
Still Need To Do Day Activities
1. Tackle a job using YouTube
Perhaps it hasn’t necessarily been a factor of procrastination —you haven’t fixed the broken toilet lever because you just don’t know how. Enter YouTube, where you can master virtually any simple housing repair through the demonstration of experts. Often, the jobs you think are insurmountable aren’t so bad, you just need to follow an example. Now whether you want to claim to your spouse you fixed it all on your own is up to you.
2. Get the family involved
Perhaps this December 29, you can have a house-wide day of getting things done. Ask your kids to come up with their own checklist sothey, too, can have the satisfaction of progress and completing tasks. Or, you can create a central theme, such as everyone taking on a duty in the kitchen, and by the end of the day, you’ll have gotten more done than you ever would have by yourself. Thiscould be a great way to bring the family even closer during the holidays.
3. Just Do It
Whatever you choose to do, the most important part of Still Need To Do Day is to simply get it done. To make that happen, the most important —and most difficult —part is to just get started. You may not want to, you may not even know how to, but getting started is the first and only step toward getting it done, as basic as that may sound. So, you’ve got two days left in the year, and one day dedicated to getting things done. What are you waiting for?
Why We Love Still Need To Do Day
A. It reminds us we’re not alone
If you still haven’t fixed that jammed garbage disposal, don’t beat yourself up. December 29 —and the fact thatit’s celebrated around the country —serves as a reminder that procrastination is part and parcel of being human. We can take comfort in knowing that everyone needs a day to play catch up, and also share in the misery that is cleaning the gunk at the bottom of the oven. We’re all in this together.
B. It increases well being
There is ample evidence that suggests completing tasks and making progress are critical for overall well-being. One Canadian study even found that procrastination has a direct correlation with obesity, poverty and depression. So, by committing one day to ticking off a few more items on your list, you can feel good about heading into the new year with a clear mind and a clean body (and home).
C. It enhances the holiday spirit
The week between Christmas and New Year’s is a strange one. The kids are out of school, and perhaps the office is still closed, but the major celebrations are over. With Still Need To Do Day, you can make the most of this downtime. Making it a tradition for the entire household to take on unfinished business can add structure to an otherwise week-long free-for-all.