Cruise into 2023

10 Ways to Set Yourself Up for a Positive, Successful 2023

Don’t waste the last two weeks of the year

Ellen Goodwin
6 min readDec 16, 2022


With only two weeks left in the year, you have options for how you want to finish 2022.

There’s the option where you coast through to the end of the year in a holiday-induced fog of food, presents, and crazy get-togethers with family and friends.

And there’s the one where you rush to cram in as much work as possible before the ball drops, signaling the start of a brand new year.

Then there’s the option where you use the next two weeks to set yourself up for a successful start to the new year while still enjoying the rewards of the season.

This is the option I highly suggest.

To make that happen, I present to you, in no particular order, 10 things you can do now to set yourself up for a successful beginning of 2023.

1. Put together your personal year-end success recap.
What did 2022 look like for you? Go through your calendar or planner to remind yourself of what you accomplished personally and professionally. The good news is that you alone decide what a successful achievement looks like.

Did you nail a presentation? Get a promotion? Completely reinvent yourself? Make it to all your daughter’s softball games? Master a new skill at work?

Write them all down.

When your list is complete, take some time to reflect proudly on what you accomplished. Keep the list somewhere you can easily find it during 2023 to keep you inspired.

Pro tip: Set aside a place in your 2023 calendar or planner to note what you achieve each week, making this list easier to put together right about this time next December.

2. Declutter one area of your home.
Pick somewhere small to focus on. Seriously small. This is not the time to commit to a complete garage or attic clean-out. Think: medicine cabinet, condiments in the fridge, a junk drawer in any room, or a messy desk corner. Take a “before” photo on your phone, set a timer for 15 minutes, and try to beat the clock as you go through everything.



Ellen Goodwin

Productivity Consultant, TEDx Speaker, Podcast Co-host, Author of DONE: How To Work When No One Is Watching. Learn more at