I don't know what happened to 2017 but I can't believe it's nearly gone already! My parents were right...the older you get. the more quickly time appears to go!
For those of us who are self-employed, it's the time to get organized to close out 2017 and begin 2018 with a fresh start. Here are some ways to do that!
Take a careful look at your day-to-day tasks. Are you wasting time on tasks that don't really add to your business? Are you doing work that you don't like or that you don't do well? Are you working on tasks that truly serve you and your clients? If not, wouldn't NOW be the time to do something about that?
Make a list of tasks in each of those categories about, and create solutions to delegate some, omit others, and add still others.
How organized are you? Do you constantly search for notes and paper on your disorganized desk? Why continue that? Use ONE notebook as a journal, and write all your messages, notes, and reminders there. No more searching!
Also consider how you track tasks and appointments. I like to use both a digital calendar (emailed reminders and task lists) and a paper one (quick at-a-glance) so I know what I need to do and when.
What projects have you "always" wanted to do? Write a book? Start a business? Take some training? DO it! Ask for help, make a plan of each step you need to take, and DO it. "You don't need to see the whole staircase; just take one step."
How do you track expenses? A simple spreadsheet, Quickbooks, or another resource? Does it work for you? If not, either get help or try another method.
What is your working environment? A table or tiny nook in the kitchen corner? A fully stocked office? The couch? Remember that the energy in your work surroundings greatly affects your productivity. A neat, clear, organized, and attractive workspace helps keep your energy upbeat and focused.
What other areas of your work life need attention? Do it now! And make 2018 a year to remember!
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