Things you should do at least once per year… Part 1

K. Robertson
4 min readJan 11, 2022

The start of a new year can be very overwhelming. It’s the time of year people reflect on their past and plan for (or worry about) their future. It can seem like you have to make a lot of changes so that you can be better or make up for lost time or keep on your preferred trajectory. And instead of being reflective and inspiring, things devolve and become a source of stress.

While I can’t stop you from worrying about what’s to come or from dwelling on what may feel like failures from the past year, I can suggest a list of things you can do throughout the course of the year so that you don’t feel like you don’t have a handle on them. Certain things tend to slip our attention because they don’t require our input that often, but that doesn’t make them any less important when compared with our day to day tasks. So here we go:

  1. Check your credit report — In Jamaica, you are entitled a free copy of your credit report each year. Make use of this and request it. Financial institutions are now requiring credit reports whenever you need a credit facility (loan, credit card, etc). It’s best to know what is on your credit report so you can resolve any errors, prior to needing a credit facility. If you find any errors, you can work with your financial institution to have them resolved. This may take some time, and could result in delays or losses when you are trying to get a loan. An annual check may ensure you catch and resolve any discrepancies early, as well as keep you informed of your financial standing.
  2. Do a wellness check with your doctors (GP, optician, gynecologist, and dentist) — Many of us visit the doctor when we have an issue. Visits to the doctor when nothing is wrong with you seems counterintuitive and like you are asking for trouble. But doing wellness checks can help identify issues at an early stage. This may be crucial in determining a treatment plan. This is one of those times where it’s better to know that not to know. Furthermore, as we age things start to change and we need to be more aware of what’s happening with our bodies. Some folks like to schedule these appointments at the year start/end, while others prefer to go around their birthday. It doesn’t matter when you go as long as you go!
  3. Do an HIV/STD panel — an often overlooked part of our health…

--

--

K. Robertson

I am magical. A lover of love, food and Christmas. Work? Customer retention and operations.