With less than a week to go before the New Year, we are all feeling the promise of a fresh start.
Oh, the anticipation of attaining big goals. But wait! There’s a lot of crap in the way of those promises and goals.
Wouldn’t it feel good if the New Year felt . . . well . . . new? Kind of like a blank canvas?
It can happen if you dedicate this week to clearing out and getting organized.
Summon That New Year Feeling
Review your task list.
What has been on your To Do list for too long?
If you’re procrastinating, do you really need to do it? If Yes, then do it! Imagine how good it will feel.
Straighten up and file right.
Get those papers off your desk and off the floor. Organize them into some kind of system that makes sense.
Back up your computer files, and delete or archive those you no longer need.
Set up paper and e-files for the New Year. Recycle anything you don’t use or could find online.
Update your mailing list.
Take all of those names and business cards you’ve been hoarding and add them to your database. Ditto for the people whose holiday greetings you received.
Survey your studio.
Complete an artwork you’ve been neglecting, or break it down and recycle its parts. Fix something that is broken.
What materials aren’t being used that you could store or, even better, give away?
Catch up with correspondence.
Write your Thank You notes from holiday gifts and send New Year’s greetings to those on your list.
Dig through your website and blog.
Delete pages that you wouldn’t want anyone to stumble upon.
Change your copyright notice to ©2013. It doesn’t look good when someone comes to your site and it says that the site is ©2009!
How are you preparing for The New Year?