I’ve put together my top 7 tips to help you to do just that before the holidays hit and all the Christmas chaos takes over. It’s always worth while to spend some time planning out your year in business. Put aside a few hours to plan out what needs to be organised in your office, write down everything then start to list priorities and the order in which you will tackle each task. For example, the filing cabinet will need to be organised before you can attempt the filing pile! The next step is to allocate time to complete all your organising tasks.
You will most likely need a day or longer depending of course on how much you have to do. It may seem daunting, however try to complete everything within the time frame, otherwise life will once again become busy and the remaining tasks will remain uncompleted. Remember that by allocating time to organise your office regularly, the task will be more manageable.
To start off on the right foot for the year ahead, follow these top tips….
1. Declutter your office or workspace. Even if you loathe cleaning and tidying I promise you that blitzing your work space for even one hour will breathe new energizing life into your plans. Throw or give away what you no longer want or need. You may even find a few gems to fill some Christmas stockings.
2. Release old stuff that didn’t work this year or you just don’t have the enthusiasm to do. Yes this includes all of those half done projects that seemed such a good idea at the time.
3. Keep the good stuff. If you can still glimpse genius in some of your old projects and ideas but didn’t get around to implementing or completing, now is the time to schedule specific actions in your calendar for next year.
4. Forgive people, including yourself, and release old resentments. Pay any outstanding bills and resolve disputes by being the bigger person. When you do this you’ll feel lighter, happier and ready for a fresh start to 2013.
5. Make a list of the specific skills you know you need to master to enjoy greater success next year, for instance, social media marketing, copywriting, video creation or blogging. Find a course or mentor who can help you and schedule the time to complete the training.
6. Make a list of the BIG things you want to achieve next year. Write out your personal and business goals and how you are going to achieve them. Break big project into more manageable tasks with start and due dates remembering to space them out throughout the year. Set your goals high bit not too high that you will lose motivation. Setting goals and priorities means you’re not paralysed by ‘not knowing what to do,’ when the New Year hits.
7. Create your Personal Productivity Plan. This is no longer an option if you want to be organised and systemised in your personal and business life. Start by writing your “Not To-Do List” like checking emails 20 times a day, identify other time wasting activities. Keeping on top of your paperwork by scheduling processing time and to regularly maintain your organising systems is key to keeping it all together especially when your workload starts to expand. Schedule time into next year’s calendar to purge your files (paper and electronic), archive and for general decluttering of your workspace.
Bonus Tip: Celebrate your achievements from this year and take some time off to relax over the holidays knowing that your plans for next year are in place.
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