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Published December 23 2011

Here’s what to do the day after Christmas

Darn it! Christmas is on a Sunday this year. Unless your company is giving you Monday off, you’re probably not getting that post-Christmas lazy day you’ve grown accustomed to. Bummer. This also means that we have less time to get ourselves organized and ready to go for New Year’s. But if you do have Monday off, I’ve got a plan for you. If you don’t have it off, my suggestion is to take all these tips and start doing them the night before. So here’s your 24-hour game plan for the day after Christmas.

6 a.m.

Do not get up. Yes, it’s a Monday, but it’s also the day after Christmas, so you have a “Get out of jail free” card. Even if you need to be somewhere at 7 a.m., go back to bed. You deserve it.

8 a.m.

Get up and get going. Spend exactly one hour doing nothing and cherish it. Sit on a couch and flip through the paper, go back to bed for another hour and just pretend you’re asleep. Whatever you want. Yes, you still deserve it.

9 a.m.

Get up for real this time and face the day-after mess in full sunlight. Take out a pen and paper and start delegating. You know how much you love to delegate, right? Mary can clean up the wrapping paper. Johnny can load or unload the dishwasher. And Paul can start putting away ornaments. Assign responsibilities until all tasks are done. The kids are home from school, so take advantage of the extra hands and set them to work!


Eat something and then start contemplating the rest of your life. Do you like where your life is today? Do you see where it’s headed? Do you want something different? Just let that simmer for a bit as you prepare something sweet to eat for dessert.

1 p.m.

Get showered, dressed (if you haven’t already) and head outside for some fresh air. Even if it’s bitterly cold, go out and go for a walk alone. Just enjoy the day, the sounds and air and think about nothing at all. Force yourself if you have to (and you know you’ll have to).

2 p.m.

It’s time to get down to business. Grab some paper and pens (or sit at the computer if you’re a typing fan) and let’s plan the rest of your life – or at the very least, the rest of this day. Jot down things you like, don’t like, want, don’t want, wish you could change, etc. Consider this the Anything Goes List. Money is no object, time is not an issue, reality does not hold here. Wish for it all.

4 p.m.

Hopefully, you spent some substantial time on that project. If you didn’t wish big, you need to go back to the drawing board, figure out why and then make yourself wish bigger. Big goals are good. The more you have the better. There’s always a good chance you’ll get some of them, right?

5 p.m.

Start thinking about dinner and follow up on those delegations. Did everyone do everything? If not, get them going and then come back to work on you.

6 p.m.-8 p.m.

Now is the time to put a game plan to your wish list. Look at the list closely and figure out what you would have to do to make just the first one come true. Own a mansion? Don’t laugh. Well, you would need the money to purchase one, right? OK, that’s a good start. Now, where could you get that money? You could get a better job or maybe start a business selling widgets to earn that money. What type of widgets exactly? Where would you find these widgets? How would you market them? See, just keep drilling down, and eventually you will find that your mockery of your dreams comes down to one thing and one thing only: It’s all about doing it. That’s it. Just do whatever it is that you need to do to make the first step of your goal happen, and then when that is complete, do the second step. See? Easy, right?

8 p.m.-10 p.m.

Go to bed with visions of your new dreams, goals and life floating in your head. Give thanks for your clean kitchen courtesy of Johnny, clean living room thanks to Mary and a new fresh start thanks to you!

Paula Sirois is a Florida-based writer who specializes in family life and frugal living for www.RetailMeNot.com, the No. 1 coupon site in the world.

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