Get it Done December

Continuing the tradition of the past 4 years, we have an end-of-the-year challenge.

Get it Done December and will run from December 1 to December 31.

The goal for Get it Done December is to clear out those lingering tasks that you thought you would get done in 2023. You must declare them and try to finish them before the year’s end.

You can also “extinguish” the task and guilt-free-ditch any resolutions or goals that simply couldn’t or didn’t happen this year. Let them go!

Examples of Get it Done December tasks:

  • Call up a friend that you haven’t checked in with much this year
  • Cancel recurring subscriptions that you don’t use
  • Finally get a “hit by a bus” folder together (find a checklist in A Cat’s Guide to Money )
  • Calling up your phone or cable company and negotiating a new rate
  • Finally set up an IRA and autodeposit
  • Call your credit card company and move to a no-fee card
  • Organize and categorize your stash of yarn or fabric before you rebuy things you don’t need
  • Eat down your pantry
  • Listing or donating clothes or electronics you’re ready to pass on
  • Set up or clear out monthly donations, or maybe even join the OMD Purrsonal Finance Society (cheeky plug there)
  • Be creative!

It will have a special forum badge and even a STICKER for people who complete the whole month, which will be cat-themed.

Basic rules:

  1. You must establish your own rules about what you are trying to accomplish as your Get it Done December task(s) this month. State them in the first week of the month to get us kicked off.
  2. Each weekend (starting December 7th) YOUR Local Time, you will report how you did on your challenge for the week on this thread. You can report where you’re at and what your biggest challenge and victories of the week were.

Who This Challenge is For

  • Anyone who wants a little public accountability and weekly discussion about their goals.

What do you get out of participating?

  • Deep Satisfaction of working on those tasks that hang over your head and not bringing them into a new year
  • A community to support you as you get sh*t done
  • A CUTE forum badge for participating in the weekly check-ins
  • And if you do all 4 week check-ins, you get a STICKER mailed to you. I have only printed these for this challenge.

If you’re in to participate (or on the fence and need encouragement), comment below with your tasks for Get it Done December below


HELLO i heard there was a sticker :eyes:

I will go make my list for December. I’m in!


I need to:

  • Get my oil changed
  • Send in an appeal approval form
  • Do 401k rollovers
  • Try to access and withdraw from an HSA
  • Get baby’s birth cert
  • Get myself a new social security card
  • Organize books in basement
  • Bring load of cardboard to recycling center

I can also shamelessly assign any of these to GM


I extremely need this.yes.


I need this.

This month I will clear out lingering clutter:

Boxes from the last time I moved
Household hazardous waste
E waste
List the things in garage
Thrift store drop off

Probably can get 2 and 5 done this weekend, maybe also 3.

4 will be targeted for the following two weeks, and 5 for the final week.


I’m in! I’m going to focus on getting my home & auto records into the binders they need to be in, and maybe more document sorting/organizing after that. Bonus would be the same for cat vet records!

Even though I am the primary paper organizer, my wife has handled enough of this stuff in the last year we need to make sure all the receipts/info for future ends up in one place.

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I need to

  • read my Dad’s manuscript and provide commentary
  • call Rogers to negotiate a price match
  • figure out how much the shadowy one should take out of investments this tax year in preparation for the kitchen
  • textile recycling out of the house
  • stretch goal: figure out backing up laptop files so we can send it off for repairs

I have a long list I need to deal with to even start accomplishing the list. I’ll post it here later today or tomorrow. :white_check_mark:


Definitely plenty of stuff to get done this month…what I know needs to happen currently:

  • All booster shots (covid, flu, tdap)
  • Optometrist appt
  • Vet appt (cat)
  • Bottle vanilla
  • Fix coffee table
  • Wrap/deliver non-angel-tree gifts
  • Wrap/deliver senior center gifts
  • Wrap/ship sibling+family gifts
  • Wrap/ship parent+family gifts
  • Book Italy hotel
  • Book Italy flights
  • Book sibling visit flights
  • Check show schedule against sabbatical and reschedule as necessary
  • Review spreadsheet, cancel any credit cards that aren’t worth keeping
  • Argue with Comcast about internet pricing


  • get 23 in 2023 badges assigned - 20m
  • get 23 in 2023 stickers mailed out - 2h
  • make 24 in 2024 challenges - 20 min
  • Badges - 20 m
  • stickers - 3 hrs
    - film + edit one edited video - 5hrs NO
  • Make snackuary - 20m
  • annual report started
  • order new contacts


  • update billing credit card for (1) mint (2) linode - 20m
  • send out 2023 Purrsonal Finance Society stickers - 2h
  • credit workshop slides - 50m
  • book sample - 2hr
  • write blog post for Budgetlympics - 4hr
  • Budgetlympics live stream - 3hr

Here’s my list:

  • pack for my trip on Tuesday
  • sell or give away more stuff-- currently still have a pair of backup slippers, a scarf, two pairs of boots, several new merino base layers that are too big, a sleeping bag, and a phone that should be sold but I have a suspicion that the guy isn’t going to pay-- some items may not be gone by the end of the month if I’m holding out on a higher price but a lot of it should go!
  • transfer money to my nieces’ college savings accounts
  • schedule gutter cleaning (the company I was planning to use has not responded to an email or a follow-up voicemail)
  • write cards and prepare gifts for my chiropractor and massage therapist
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December Goals for Oro

  1. Plan Jan-Feb adventure!!
    a) Figure out where and when and book hotels etc. Portugal segment? Clock’s tickin :alarm_clock:
  1. Health insurance sign-up!

  2. Clean bedroom so I can do any of the things I actually want to do, because it is a hellscape of mild depression and clutter which is not condusive to literally anything.

  3. Make frock coat
    a) Make pattern adjustments to mock up
    b) Film everything
    c) Use sewing machine as much as possible, historical accuracy is not required, silly brain! :brain:

  1. Make thimble video
    a) Write script and record
    b) Film missing pickup shots
    c) Edit

  2. Patreon updates

  3. Communicate with friends
    a) Text apology to H
    b) Reply to S

  4. Plan winter solstice get-together
    a) Send out invites
    b) Plan menu


I am a little late but I need this challenge! Garage clean out (and subsequent store room tidy) is desperately needed, even more so since new neighbours moved in in our complex and have stolen a few small items from our garage area. Aim is to clear out all the junk so its just the car. Supplementary aim to list for sale: extra pram, random unneeded baby bits and buy nothing a whole bunch of stuff!

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Ok so I think this is my list:

  • Sort the kids wardrobe
  • Organise the pantry
  • Pull out our wall art and make a plan for getting it framed/ hung in January
  • Pull out my scrapbooking tools etc and review what should stay or go
  • Put up Christmas decorations
  • Clean the window I drew Christmas designs on LAST Christmas with Posca markers.
  • Finish the irrigation
  • Mulch the garden
  • Do some sewing or crochet.
  • Cancel as many recurring payments for home and business as I can.

I look forward to finding out what I’ve forgotten and adding it on :sweat_smile:


Okay I finally compiled my list.

Finish putting up Christmas decorations
Pay C, G, and maybe O bills
Ask tax dude about thing
Health insurance
Kohls return
Book LL
[secret boring project]
Start 401k roll over process
Clean my desk. Figure out how to keep it from becoming a dumping zone.
Fix Roomba
Call around for septic estimates
Get photo editing done (myself? pay someone else?)

I should add this to my list

  • Flu shot
  • Finish Secret Santa fic
  • Finish knitting socks
  • Finish crocheting slippers
  • Go on 4 hikes (unlikely but a girl can dream)
  • Send Christmas cards
  • Read 4 books
  • Buy plane tickets…

based on what we’ve seen in past years, dividends and distributions from e-series will pay out Dec 15 or so, so we’ll pull out that number plus a bit more from TD. We want to reduce the amount in TD because the fees are higher, and continue to increase the proportion of our money that is with QT

I need to:

  1. Pay my in-laws for childcare
  2. Request reimbursement from my dependent care FSA for said payment

The form is ready to go. We need to confirm the money is in whatever account (will we do venmo? a check?) it needs to be in, get it to them, and then mail the form. In order to mail it I need to review it with DH one more time to confirm I have it filled out correctly, include a receipt (??) of the payment if necessary, fold it and put it into an envelope, address it, stamp it, and get it to a mail box.

Why is this so hard

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Oh this will be helpful! Here’s my list:

  • big data backup (cloud + phone + external drives)
  • server maintenance (Nextcloud upgrade, research doing proper backups)
  • add beneficiaries to 401k account
  • finish reading one more book
  • pass certification exam (scheduled for the 16th)
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