The beginning of the year tends to be a race from the start, and if you’re a business owner or a professional who travels a lot, this time can be downright overwhelming. It’s important to get organized and prioritize so that you don’t end up overloaded with tasks that you don’t have the time or energy to perform, so sitting down with a planner or calendar is essential. But what else do you need in order to start the year on a high note? Read on to find out.
Break it down
If there are several different areas where you have work in progress, break it all down. Make lists of what steps need to be taken for each major project, and mark them off as you accomplish them. Write down everything you’ll need to get done, including deadlines. Include the names of any coworkers or business associates you might need to contact at certain stages of the process. Having this list handy will keep you abreast of your schedule at a moment’s glance so that time management will be easy.
Get a jump start on polishing your personal brand
Whether you’re planning on looking for a new job this year or just want a better online presence with clients, creating a website can be the perfect way to showcase your talents. Make it a light project to chip away at in your spare time. You can jot down ideas or thoughts to incorporate as you have them, maybe storing them in a note on your phone so they’re always handy. Work at your own pace, and make it a task you look forward to.
Work out a budget
Money is the number one cause of stress in Americans across the board, so ease your mind with an established budget. Talk to your spouse to decide what your priorities are and where you’re willing to compromise. Don’t forget to take into account things you’re planning to save up for like family vacations or a bigger home. Designate one person to take charge of balancing the budget, whether it’s you or your spouse, and discuss how it’s going each month. Make adjustments as you need to, especially as your needs change and evolve.
Get some help
Don’t forget that you don’t have to take on everything by yourself. It’s a simple thing to ask a friend or your spouse to lend a hand when you’re overworked, so don’t be afraid to request some assistance when you need it. When it comes to work duties, know which items are most important for you to get done yourself and then delegate everything else fairly. See your coworkers as your teammates and never think you can’t go to them for help.
Organization is the key to having a successful year, so remember these tips to get things off to the right start in the new year
Guest Blog by Julie Morris – About Julie
Julie Morris is a life and career coach. She thrives on helping others live their best lives. When Julie isn’t working with clients, she enjoys writing and is currently working on her first book. She also loves spending time outdoors and getting lost in a good book.