I bet you’ve started thinking about all the things you’ll tackle in the new year, and I bet there’s a chance January is still going to sneak up on you. Does anyone know where the time goes between Christmas and New Year’s?
I’ve found the best way to stay on track heading into a new year is by celebrating what I’ve accomplished and scheduling time to look ahead. Here are three activities to help you get organized for January:
Plan for fun.
Every year I sit down and pick three things on my life list to do in the next year. I call it my life list instead of my bucket list because I don’t plan on dying any time soon. The list includes things that I’ve wanted to do for years or things I think would be fun. I don’t want to wait until I retire. I want something to look forward to every year, so the first thing I do is plan to have fun.
Write out your goals.
I write down what I want to achieve both personally and professionally. The list includes projects I want to get done on the house and personal goals like scheduling weekly date nights with my husband. My goals aren’t limited to the numbers in my business, although I write those down too.
Get your files ready.
Pulling all my business files from the previous year helps me start fresh in January and makes it easier to finish my taxes on time. I don’t have to worry about the last-minute rush or go searching for missing paperwork. Everything is already in one place and ready to be submitted.
Every year I sit down and pick three things on my life list to do in the next year. I call it my life list instead of my bucket list because I don’t plan on dying any time soon.
These things can all be completed in the week between Christmas and New Year’s, which is usually when I take time off, but none of them take large blocks of time. Spending a few minutes or a few hours can make all the difference in being able to hit the ground running in January.