Before heading into a new work year, it’s good to get any outstanding tasks out of the way so you can have a fresh, stress-free start. Here are 5 things to check off your to-do list before you get back to work in 2021.

File your taxes

If you haven’t yet filed your taxes, now is the time to do so. If you’ve missed the deadline for 2020, you may incur some penalty depending on the type of tax you’re filing for. But even so, it’s better to file and get that task out of the way so that it’s not haunting you into the new year. Have a look at this page for more information on the current tax season.

Renew your licences

Renewing your licences may have gotten delayed due to the COVID-19 pandemic this year, but it’s still important to make sure things are being moved along. This can be anything from your driver’s or car licence, to any licence you need in order to work legally (such as a Nursing Council licence, for example).

Set your work goals

Setting some work and career goals for yourself will help you make 2021 your year. Setting goals keeps you focused when times get tough, and helps you measure your progress over time. Be sure to set SMART goals for the best results- you can learn how to do this here.

Setting work goals also ties into your larger vision in life, which you can discover and develop over time. The free Take a Girl Child to Work Day Online Programme Course 1 takes just 2 hours to complete, and it teaches you all about vision, goal-setting and creating your mission statement.

Get into a healthy routine

The holidays give you some free time, which means that they’re the perfect opportunity to introduce some healthier habits into your life. Creating a healthy routine can include anything from eating healthier foods, to getting enough rest. Take small steps, and make small changes at first. Focus on changes that you’ll be able to maintain, even once the work year starts. For more lifestyle tips to take into 2021, check out our Work Life section.


Last but definitely not least, be sure to relax and rest during your holidays. You won’t be able to do your best in the coming work year if you haven’t taken time to re-charge. There’s nothing to feel guilty about when it comes to enjoying your free time however you choose. You can switch off from technology, spend some time out in nature, have a bubble bath or read a book. Relax however you want to- your mind and body deserve a break!

The end of the year is the time to tie up any loose ends and finish off any outstanding tasks. By doing these things now, you’ll go into the 2021 work year with peace of mind. Happy holidays!

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