How To Get Ready For Your Best Year Yet
Don't Ask Permission, Give Notice - Lisa Nichols
2017 is coming to a close and it's the time to evaluate what and where you're standing personally and professionally. Planning effectively is essential in reaching goals small or large, aside from that - being aware of the progress you've made is good for the soul. Set yourself up for next year, it's yours!
1. Clean Up Your Email Inbox
With newsletters, promo codes, flash sales, new software assignments (...the list goes on) can take real-estate in your inbox. Think of your inbox as your desk or your mailbox at home, ignoring it can get out of control quickly. Clearing out all those empty emails takes time though, who has endless amount of that? We hear you. This the perfect time to clear your notifications and get rid of any junk in there. Apps like Hop and CloudMagic can help you save or delete messages. You need this space for all the newness coming in this year.
2. Clean Up Your Desk
This is your domain of productivity, progress and magic. Make space for it, pull out your shredder, Post-Its, your Evernote App and get to work. Receipts tend to pile up easily, use Evernote Scanner and take picture of any important receipts, tag them into a folder and trash the excess. Label several folders and place billing and legal documents accordingly. After making a good amount of room, place items on there that can inspire you to keep working towards progress. Update your family photo, add some healing stones, or literature that can get you through a tough day.
3. Make a List of Short & Long-Term Goals
Breathe. Stretch. Shake
What's next? What goals did you get to this year? Create a list, considering new directions and strategies as well as your past progress. Write down 3 short-term goals that can be time stamped for six months. Tasks like reorganizing your office space, itemizing files, hiring a new assistant... Long term goals should be able to marinate a little longer, time stamp these at 8 to 12 months. This could range from 1 to 2 key goals that can be transformational to your business. Paint your bigger picture.
4. Audit Your Team Dynamic
Take some time to see how your team is doing after everything you've endured as a team this year. Set up a time to connect perhaps individually or as departments and hear any thoughts, concerns or ideas they may have that can improve the flow of next year's workload. Ask questions like, what are you most proud of? What would you do differently? Any tools you wish you had? This kind of insight can help you scope what leadership or resources can be applied to better efficiency. This kind of communication also just makes your team feel appreciated and motivated therefore, invested.
5. Pat Yourself On The Back
You made it through the wilderness! Another year has gone by and you've conquered it with flying colors. Evaluate what your gains were in these last 11 months, large or small, they're still goals YOU were able to meet. Any win means you're a step closer to reaching your larger picture, so congrats! You are on your way.
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