Use the End of Your Year Effectively

It’s year’s end: Time to wrap up projects and prepare for the year to come. Many of your coworkers and clients will be taking vacation days now, so once the flow of phone calls and emails slows, take the opportunity to get your work priorities in order. This can the first step to enjoying a stress-free holiday break—and a smooth start to the new year.

Before the year is over, evaluate your work priorities. You won’t be able to get everything done before the end of the year arrives, but decide which projects can be finished up and which can wait. Make a to-do list with two options: “Before Break” and “After Break.” Rank tasks on the first list by importance and use the down time to tackle them.

After you’ve completed your “Before Break” tasks, take time to reflect on the year and make goals for the year to come. What went well, and what could be improved? What was your greatest success? Your biggest failure? What do you want to accomplish in the new year?

Finally, organize your work space so when you come back from the holidays, it feels like a fresh start. Delete old files, clean up your server, get a new ergonomic chair, replace that dying plant—whatever will help you quickly get back into the groove after the new year.

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