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5 Must-Do’s During the Last Days at Your Duty Station

Countdowns. At times, it seems like our entire lives revolve around countdowns.

Counting the days until a deployment.

Counting the days left during a deployment.

Counting how many days your spouse will in be the field.

Counting the months left before a big move.

Countdowns. Love ‘em or hate ‘em…they’re a BIG part of our lives.

Counting down the time until a pcs, well the back and forth never-ending argument over whether living on or off base is better is SUCH a joy.

While it’s important to look ahead and plan which day the movers should arrive, how long it will take to travel to your new destination, which schools are best for your child or where to start sending resumes, it can be overwhelming and shouldn’t overshadow the months left at your current duty station.

Before you know it, the time will come to hug your dear friends goodbye and pull out of your driveway for the last time…possibly wishing you had just one more day.

Make the most of the days you have left, so when you do begin the adventure to your new home you can travel without any regrets. Here are 5 things you must do-

1 | Make a List

The list has stood the test of time.

Grocery lists, pros and cons lists, Christmas lists…the list has helped guide you through the toughest times in life and become a staple for simple tasks.

Now it is time to make The List of items you want to check off during your stay at your current duty station.

Are there theme parks nearby that you want to check out?

Is there a great restaurant you haven’t had time to try, but all of your friends rave about?

Is there a neat festival that you seem to never make it to, but could have the chance to go before you move?

Whether you need to make a list of habits you want to stick to or a list of new, exciting events to attend…this list will come in handy and help you enjoy all of the time left at your new duty station.

In addition to listing the goals you hope to accomplish in your personal life with your family and friends, make a list of deadlines for your PCS adventure too.

The sooner you can plot out dates and times, the more relaxed you’ll be as the big move approaches.

So grab a pen and paper and start jotting down everything you want to do before it’s too late!

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