With a brand new year just around the corner, and the increased efforts to make improvements and implement changes that come with that, I thought I would start the process a little early. Before I can commit to any new projects and distractions, I’d first like to clear the current clutter. The clutter is mostly in my mind but somewhat manifesting itself around my office too. So here is the plan in short:
- Go through notebooks and diary.
I have several different ways of recording all the bits of information I process on a daily basis, so between my phone notes, notebook, and lots of pieces of paper I should be able to tie up all loose ends. By which, all I will really be doing is compiling one even bigger to do list, but at least it will all be written in one place. Of course, my intention is really to get through this list of small mundane boring things to do, or new ideas to follow-up on. Before the end of 2013 of course.
2. The calendar clean-up
My husband and I both have a desk calendar, although one is like a large piece of doodle art and the other has all the family appointments on it. Although we try to attend all the things we arrange, sometimes this is impossible so another aspect of clearing the clutter so to speak, is to go through the calendar for the year and check there is nothing important we have forgotten to rearrange. Plus it’s also a good time to schedule in anything new coming up, like the new term swimming lessons schedule, or meetings, appointments and castings scheduled for the next month.
3. Moving paperwork piles into files
Overall most of my paperwork is already organised into piles so it’s mostly a case hole punching and flicking through files to insert the papers, but there is also a small unorganised pile to go through and sort out. If you have large amounts to get through my advice is try breaking it up into chunks to tackle. Divide it into 3 piles and spend no more than 20 minutes sorting through one pile, then take a break and go do something else. Each time you return to the filing piles, you will see progress and that in itself is motivation enough to finish it.
The last couple of things that are on the 2013 to do list will be to organise a New Years event for one of the beer brands I work with and to sign the paperwork to become a Director in my husband’s new business.
With everything taken care of that way, I will then be fully free to focus all my energy on a positive, busy and successful 2014. And put my feet up a little for the rest of 2013.
What do you plan to do before 2014 arrives? What are you planning to do in 2014 anyway? I’d love to hear how you plan to have a positive, happy, successful year too.