How’s your January going? Is it lengthy or not? It’s January 20th but for some of us, it feels like today is the 79th!
It surely feels like it was ages ago when we rang in the New Year and cheered ‘happy 2020’, and most would agree with me when I also say that it must have been a decade ago when we went all “New Year New Me” and “things to leave in 2019” on twitter.
The bottom line is, the new year rituals have come and gone and now that most of us are done making… and ‘breaking’ our new year resolutions, it seems we have no idea what to do with good old lengthy January.
To better understand what appears to be a global dilemma, I asked people why they think January is the longest month of the year and the replies I got were as funny as they were insightful. For Doubra, he doesn’t think January is a long month, he knows it is the longest month ever.
“After the holidays, it takes me a while to convince my body that playtime is over and that I am back at work. So for me, the month’s always longer because of the amount of effort it takes to adapt psychologically and settle in. There’s also the broke period where I have to wait forever before it’s finally payday.”
But Hafeez believes he has solved the mystery behind the lengthy month for employed individuals.
“Because the month before January is a festive month with a lot of activities, most people tend to spend a lot more than they normally would and you wouldn’t really blame them because salaries are paid earlier in December so there’s enough money to throw around.”
Although Hafeez and Doubra had different theories about why January is a lengthy month, they with Ane, Lizzy and Nonye all agreed that the month drags longer than usual because the days tend to feel longer when one is broke. So how does one survive the January blues and have a stress-free year in general? Well, I have a couple of ideas:
Don’t borrow: Whatever you do, do not ever borrow money in January. I know this advice might be coming a little bit too late but if you haven’t and are considering it? Please don’t! You think January is long because you are broke? Try playing catch up from one month to the next, all year round! I can’t stress this enough but borrowing in January will definitely create a debt cycle for you in 2020.
Split bills: I don’t know if it’s just me, but has anyone else noticed how January begins to feel a lot shorter when you split bills with your friends? How taking Uber together and paying for pizza as a duo or group saves you money? Even splitting payment for the littlest things makes a huge difference!
Request money: No! Definitely not what you are thinking! Nobody wants that friend who asks for money in January as if to say January isn’t lengthy for them too. But…as a business owner, you might want to ask for outstanding payments from your clients without catching the devil’s eye. Just don’t be aggressive about it. A ‘humble’ reminder with the outstanding invoice attached is enough to remind them of their due obligations.
Create a stash: you know what? This year’s January is here and maybe, just maybe you didn’t really prepare for it. But what about next year? Who says you can’t start planning for next year’s January today? How do you want your January to be like next year? Haven’t you had enough of broke January? Creating a stash is an easy and helpful way to split your money into different bits and keep them separate from your main balance. Believe me, secret stashes come to the rescue when all hope seems lost.
Hopefully, the struggle for survival in January this year will lead to better choices for us all in December. So, how’s your January going? Lengthy or… not?
Okwy from Sparkle