There are some things that everyone should do in their business prior to the start of the new-year. But if you’re like most people, those things don’t always get done until the first of January. We either get caught up in the holidays, or we are still trying to finish off that big to do list before January 1. I can promise you that if you will make it a practice to take a little time to complete these 7 simple steps, you can hit the ground running on this month.
It’s Clean Slate Time
1. Organize your workspace.
Take everything off your desk that you don’t use every day (or most days). Those things don’t need to be on your desk. Having a clean organized desk will make you more productive.
2. Clean out your files.
Purge last year’s bills, receipts, and all of the paperwork from the previous year. I put everything into a lateral file in my office for one year. After that, I box everything up and put it in storage.
3. Transfer important dates and reminders to your new calendar.
You know that dentist appointment you made in the fall that you have in the spring? Put that on your calendar now. I also transfer any dates I already have scheduled in the new-year no matter how far off they are. I will need to adjust my marketing for times when I might be away from the office.
4. Clean up your incompletes. Read the rest of this entry →