Yes, 2014 is right around the corner.
I’ll cut to the chase. Here are some tips for getting organized before your party tomorrow to bring in the new year:
- Don’t think about it too much and start getting rid of the clutter you see around you. Take a couple of hours today or tomorrow and clean out your workspace. Grab a large trash bag and toss anything that is no longer beneficial to what you’re hoping to accomplish in 2014. Resist the urge to be a packrat and start throwing (or giving) things away. Be honest with yourself and ask whether you’re really going to use the things that have now become clutter. You know, I’m talking about the things that you haven’t touched in months or years. Let it go. (You probably didn’t even remember that you had it in the first place. Just saying.)
- Organize the files on your computer. Remember the nice folders you created when you first got your computer? Somehow, all of those new files ended up on your desktop. How did that happen? Well, here’s your chance to send the files back to where they belong! Take a step back and think about how you plan to organize your folders and whether the original system still works. Feel free to delete files that you’ll never use again that are simply hogging up your hard drive space. You can also use services in the cloud to help you manage space (e.g., Dropbox, iCloud, etc.). Let’s take back our desktop space!
- Set a timer and attack your email inbox in spurts. Go! Set 30 minute time limits and start pecking away at your inbox. After 30 minutes, go do something else for 60-90 minutes and then come back again. Once again, don’t think about it too much and just get started. Here are some tips to reducing inbox clutter from a previous post.
- Think ahead and explore project management software. There’s been a huge rise in software that helps us manage all of our work throughout the year. Take an hour to look around and see if you could use a service or two. Trust me, if you actually use these programs/apps, it will be well worth the money. Here are some helpful ones to check out (some are even free!): Trello, Asana, Basecamp, Quickbooks, and LearnVest.
No need to thank me here…let’s get to work and start 2014 well!