Article by Wendy McCance
It’s the end of the year, and as many people settle in to enjoy the holiday’s with family and friends, this is also a good time to clean up loose ends and strategize for next year.
December is a more laid back time of year for my writing business. Except for a few last-minute calls for a few rushed projects, this month has been fairly low-key. This is the time of year I like to get organized. I also look over what has been successful moves and what I would like to improve in the year going forward.
Below are the things I do to organize. I like to start the new year with no clutter and a clear understanding of what I would like to achieve.
To organize and plan out the new year, I do the following:
1. Go through files, make sure they are filled out with complete contact information and that all notes and assignments are in the right place.
2. I gather up all receipts and make sure all business expenses have been accounted for.
3. Complete my mileage chart.
4. All documented payments are neatly arranged and written down.
5. All business cards are put with their coordinated files.
6. Go through my list of potential clients and schedule when I will check in with each person.
7. Write up a list of goals to accomplish in the new year.
8. Decide what companies, magazines, newspapers etc… I would like to connect with in the upcoming year.
9. Look over areas I feel I might have fallen short and determine how to fix those issues.
10. Go over my resume, blog pages and profile and smooth out and update the material.
11. Look over how much money I have made, who I have worked with, how much work I got from each client and celebrate the hard work and success I have had.
Many of the items listed I do every few weeks or so, but a busy schedule is bound to mess up my organization to some degree. My goal is to make sure every aspect of my business has been touched on, organized and that all information is complete.
I like to start the new year with a clean slate and that means I don’t want anything to still feel unorganized. A messy work area equals a disorganized mind. I want to start the new year sharp, focused and ready to conquer more than the year before.
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