Lifestyle Motivation

10 Things You Need To Do Before 2018

2018 Darling Harbour, Sydney Portrait Shot

The new year is just around the corner. In less than seven weeks, we will be entering 2018. How did time fly so fast!? Is it just me or is each year passing by quicker and quicker? There are so many things that I want to accomplish before 2017 finishes. Join me and check out the list below of 10 things that you need to do before 2018.

1. Deep clean your space

No one wants to do this but the feeling to a new year with a clean space is revitalising. No dust, no laundry, no mess. Better yet, make it a habit in 2018 to do a weekly clean, and always put things back after you use them.

2. Clean up your inbox, desktop and photos

Now that we are on the topic of cleaning, if you are the type of person that has 5000+ emails in their inbox, a cluttered desktop and gazillion photos, this will be a tedious task. Better start now than later when the emails, clutter and photos pile up! You want to free some space for the new memories that 2018 will bring.

3. Donate unwanted items to charity

Yes I am talking about that sweater you haven’t worn in years. If you aren’t using an item, donate it to charity. It is likely to be in better hands than laying around collecting dust.

4. Plan your budget

Planning is an important part of your life. Knowing where your hard-earned money is going makes it easier for you to manage your finances. If you are thinking of going on a holiday in 2018, create a budget to save for that trip. If you are getting married in 2018, create a budget to save for the wedding. Think about what big expense(s) are happening in 2018 and create a budget to save your money.

5. Visit your doctor or dentist

This is something I constantly struggle with, especially the dentist (dentist phobia) but I have taken up the courage to go for an oral examination (ouch). Good news: my oral health is A+. Bad news: I am more scared of the dentist than ever. On a serious note, taking care of our health is so important. Go for a check up with your doctor or dentist, and encourage your friends and family to do so.

6. Compliment a stranger whenever you go out

Have you ever felt happiness when a complete stranger gives you a nice comment or even strikes up a friendly conversation when you are out and about? It is the greatest feeling. Make someone feel really good about themselves, and give them a compliment. We need more nice compliments in this world, so join the movement!

7. Think about where you want to travel to in 2018

Planning your travel trips in advance is advantageous because you can save up for it now and plan out your year around your trips.

8. Treat yourself

With the holiday season fast approaching, we often forget to treat ourselves in the hustle and bustle to get your holiday gifts all sorted. Remember that thing you have been eyeing for ages? Why not treat yourself!

9. Have a picnic

Picnics are so underrated. It is great to go outdoors rather than stay inside all the time. Pack a nice picnic, bring along a friend or two (or the whole squad) and have a lovely day out. Your mind will instantly become much more relaxed.

10. Plan your 2018 goals

With 2017 right around the corner, it’s time to start thinking about what you want to achieve in 2018. For me, I intend to become more financially stable, continue growing my business and my blog, and staying happy and healthy. Knowing what I want to achieve helps shape the decisions I make today that will affect the future.

What would you like to add to this list? Please share in the comments. 

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  • perfectlyimperfect

    Yes! I really do need to do these things. Lol I promise I’m going to try to be a better adult lol.

    • Stephanie Foo

      Ah adulting… Let us finish 2018 as a better adult!

  • Sarah

    Some great ideas here. Been putting off my dentist appointment for 6 months but now I’ve given myself a kick in the ass and made an appointment!

    • Stephanie Foo

      I’m glad you enjoyed these ideas. Good on you! Taking charge of our health is very important!

  • Rosalie Markovics

    A constructive do-able list of goals, and a good model for others to use.

    • Stephanie Foo

      Thank you, Rosalie! I’m glad you found these goals helpful.

  • Michelle/

    Great ideas, I really need to clean up my inbox and photos on my phone. It’s out of control.

    • Stephanie Foo

      Thank you, Michelle! I can relate to you. It’s going to take me aaaaages to clear but that’s my fault for letting it build up to uncontrollable levels!

  • These are very doable goals.
    I’ve been pushing away cleaning up my inbox, desktop and pictures for a very long time. I bet it’s time to get to it.

    Right now I’m working on my 2018 goals and freebies for my blog.

    • Stephanie Foo

      Happy to hear these goals are helpful! I love goal setting – good luck on brainstorming!

  • Ornella

    This is a great list of ideas for the rest of the year

    • Stephanie Foo

      I’m glad you found these ideas useful, Ornella!

  • Wes Lambert

    Wonderful ideas. Very doable and better than a lot of typical “resolutions” that fall to the wayside. One that personal to me is to declutter my life- physical, personal and digital.

    • Stephanie Foo

      Thank you! Trying to aim for some practical goals rather than unrealistic ones. Oh yes, I agree with that! Decluttering is so important for the mind, body and soul.

  • Stuck In My 20s

    Lovely article! Will definitely try and do most of the ideas on your list!

    • Stephanie Foo

      Thank you lovely! I am so glad you find these ideas helpful!

  • Thank you so much for sharing these goals!! I def need to pay more attention to all of these things in my life! xo


    • Stephanie Foo

      Hi Catherine! I’m so happy to enjoyed them! xx

  • Nice list, that sounds doable for sure 🙂 I always try to make lists for the new year and never stick to it haha

    • Stephanie Foo

      Yes! I’ve done that in the past too! I’ve found that making realistic goals and having them on a vision board where I can see them every single day motivates me to keep doing things to achieve them 🙂

  • Evelyn

    Love this list of “getting your ducks in a row!” 🦆🦆🦆 I think I’ll take the challenge & see how much I can do with the remaining time in 2017. I would add dedicated self care time as well as increased family time. ☺️ They will move up my prototype list, even if it means less time sorting my email 👍🏼 Evelyn, PathofPresence 🦋

    • Stephanie Foo

      Hi Evelyn, I’m so happy to hear that you’re taking up the challenge with me! Oh yes, I am also lacking in the self-care department right now (my life is too busy!) but I will also add that as something to improve on 🙂

  • I really wish I could go for a picnic since I’ve never done it before. I hope I’ll be lucky… Next year.

    • Stephanie Foo

      Ah picnics are wonderful, although I don’t go on them often. Fingers crossed you’ll be able to go on a picnic soon!

  • Esperanza

    These are all great goals for starting off the new year right!

    • Stephanie Foo

      I’m glad you find these useful! Good luck in achieving your end of year goals!

  • Camille Grenouille

    Very straight forward yet indispensable! You just reminded me of a few things I need to add to my to-do list!

    • Stephanie Foo

      Yay I’m glad I did! I am addicted to To-Do lists! Good luck checking your list off!

  • Jen W.

    These are some great options on what to do to get ready thanks for sharing

    • Stephanie Foo

      I’m glad you liked these tips, Jen!

  • Lacy Blanchard Ngo

    These are great ideas to get your life organized and streamlined for the new year!

    • Stephanie Foo

      I’m so glad you find these ideas helpful!

  • Time really did fly so fast! I always have an endless list of things to do before the New Year… lol but starting with cleaning up my photos, emails and desktop would be great! Happy Holidays!