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29 Achievable Things to Do in January

No matter how much (or how little!) time you have, there are plenty of ways to get that done-and-done feeling.

5 Minutes

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    Unsubscribe from one e-mail list that drives you nuts.

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    Jot down a fix-it list.

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    Post on Facebook for a handyman/dog walker/Saturday-night sitter.

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    Book a date with that friend you never see enough of. 

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    Change or clean at least one household filter (central air/Brita/stove vent). 

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    Order new socks for everyone! 

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    Clean under the oven or behind the refrigerator. 

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    Order batteries online.

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    Set up mail-order delivery for regular prescriptions.

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    Write that thank-you note you’ve been meaning to get to.

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    Book hair-color appointments for the year.

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    Download a meditation app.

Under an Hour

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    Make doctor and dentist appointments for the family for the whole year.

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    Clean out the freezer.

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    Set a timer and delete e-mails that you don’t need anymore.

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    Dump out makeup bag: edit, clean, restock. 

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    Order one-size-fits-most birthday gifts for the kids’ friends (gift cards for teens); store them where you won’t forget them.

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    Purge 10 things from your worst closet.

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    Organize filing cabinet; shred old documents (um...locate shredder).

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    Buy a year’s worth of birthday cards (and stamps!).

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    Identify three new meals that you’re excited to put in your regular cooking rotation.

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    Pick one of those boxes of “stuff” in the closet/basement/attic; sort it.

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    Clean out the car. 

A Weekend

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    Take care of all the holiday returns.

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    Paint that room (you know the one).

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    Create some space in the garage.

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    Start prepping for tax time.

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    Reoutfit a closet with shelves and bins so that it actually works.

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    Do three things just for you— including using that meditation app.