At home, I personally like to clean out all the clutter going in to the new year. It gives me a sense of starting off with a clean slate. I think the same should apply to your work life. With the first weekend of 2018 coming up, this is the perfect opportunity. What can you do? I have a few ideas that I’d like to share with you.
- Office – Dust, remove old files, clean your desk out (as much as possible). This means reviewing some papers that may be sitting around – file them accordingly or shred, shred, shred. Any garbage you let pile up, clear it out. I like shifting things around a bit, also. Perhaps move a book case, shift your monitor a bit or move it to the other side of your desk. Change things up a bit!
- Computer files – Review documents you have saved and make a decision. Whether they have been updated (and you forgot to trash the old copy) or if they are simply outdated. If so, remove them. Maybe an old version of a document you use has been sitting there the whole year using up space. Create new files to keep things organized. If you have 2017 folders (I personally keep certain documents in folders by date/year), then go ahead and create a 2018 folder, so it is ready for use.
- Contacts – Update your contacts list – if you haven’t spoken to a certain person on there in 2017, chances are you really don’t need that contact using up space. Think about prospects – who do you need to reach out to and build a relationship with this year. Take this opportunity to create a to-do list.
- Update Social Media – LinkedIn – did you learn new skills in 2017? Were you given more responsibility? Promoted? Make sure you update LinkedIn! Clean out your friends list and make sure you start off the year with people that will add value to your professional life.
- Schedule meetings to build a strategy for the New Year – Whether this is scheduling 1:1’s with your team or your manager, make sure you have a plan and start executing.
Starting a new year brings a lot of uncertainty, the best way to make sure you start off on the right foot is to BE PREPARED. Clear out the clutter and make room for new ideas, plans and strategies. I took care of most of these items this week and I feel much more productive and ready to take on more and do more in 2018! Try these out and let me know how it goes!! Happy New Year!