Yes, dear readers, here is another end-of-the-year, panic-inducing list of things you have to do RIGHTNOWORELSE.
Okay, you don’t have to do it rightnoworelse but if you have a spare afternoon as the year winds down, here a few things you can do to prepare for 2015.
- Purge, purge, purge. If you don’t like it, toss it. If you haven’t used it, toss it. If it went bad, toss it. The clearer your workspace, be it physical or electronic, the clearer your mind can be to focus on new tasks.
- Create new folders. I organize my client files by years then projects, so a whole new set of folders needs to be created for each client. Since I work about 95 percent paperless, this doesn’t take me long to set up. For those who aren’t, go through your current folders and keep anything related to an open project. Move it to a new folder marked for 2015 and archive the rest.
- Buy a new calendar. This is where my 5 percent kicks in. I’ve played around with many different organizational tools and apps but keep going to back to a paper calendar for planning out projects and tasks. One of my favorite tools is this Big Ta-Do pad.
- Brainstorm. What do you want to accomplish in 2015? Do you have new ideas for a client? Where do you see yourself in six months? You may not have the answers yet, but asking the questions and developing ideas now will help you start the New Year with some focus and direction.
- Reach out to people. We have a tendency to shy away from contact as the year draws to a close, assuming everyone is swamped and not able to talk. I’m finding this isn’t necessarily true, as some industries slow down tremendously between Thanksgiving and Christmas. A quick email or phone call to say hello to an old colleague or client can go a long way.
- Have fun. If you have vacation days to burn, use them. If you can play hooky for an afternoon, play hooky. (Don’t worry, your secret is safe with me.) You’d be surprised at how simply taking off an afternoon can recharge your batteries enough to power through the rest of the year.
What are some of your tips or tricks to close out a year?
Nadia Zerka is an account manager at Imagine Communications. She can be contacted via email.