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The countdown to New Year’s has begun and before we know it, another year will be left behind. Sunday December 29th is Tick Tock day, which reminds us to finish up that “to do” list for 2013. At the same time we eagerly look forward to the year ahead.

History and Origins

Tick Tock Day is an unofficial holiday that has no known origin, but that doesn’t mean it’s irrelevant. Just two days until the end of the year, this day is a signal to pause and reflect on our goals and accomplishments over the past year.

This day is also a reminder to get ready for that New Year’s Eve celebration. Whether it’s party planning or thinking about resolutions, it’s time to get a move on.

Just two days until the end of the year, this day is a signal to pause and reflect on our goals and accomplishments over the past year.

Wrapping It Up

As the end of the year approaches, it’s a good time to tie up loose ends and wrap up any projects you’ve been working on.

Now that Christmas is over and the gifts unwrapped, take time to sort through everything. Did you get new clothes or electronics? Consider spending this day cleaning out your closets and getting rid of all your old and unwanted items. Donate them to charity. Not only do you free up space and get to start fresh, you might also be able squeeze in a last minute tax deduction with your donation.

Are there any other things you need to care for before the year is through? Take a look and see what you can cross off the list before 2014 arrives.

Looking Ahead

Tick Tock Day isn’t only about the past; it’s also about the future. This is a great time to look ahead and plan your goals for the New Year and beyond.

If you never started a “bucket list” now is a great time to make one. Begin by listing all the things you want to do in life. Include serious goals like getting a promotion and dreamy ones like swimming with the dolphins. Don’t leave off a thing! Then if you’re really feeling ambitious, divide up those items and see what you can accomplish in 2014. Have fun with it!

Let this day also serve as a reminder about time itself. Learn to appreciate each and every moment. As cartoonist Bil Keane so aptly put it, “Yesterday’s the past, tomorrow’s the future, but today is a gift. That’s why it’s called the present.” Happy Tick Tock Day!