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The start of the new year is most certainly a time to start fresh, to create new things, gain focus, shift gears and move forward.  You may or may not have started the new year thinking about what things are going to look like or what you want to do for the next 365 days.  You might even be feeling as though it came so fast and you didn’t have time to prepare for it.  Now that it’s here it’s time to get things moving, so don’t waste another moment if you haven’t already started your 2012 ball to rolling.

To help jump start the process, follow the steps below:

  • Make a list of things that you are letting go with the passing of the old year.  This means things, people and habits that don’t support you.  You can’t make room for the new or aspire to new heights while holding on to things from the past.
  • Declutter and organize your work space.  It’s hard to work in a cluttered, disorganized work space, so get rid of the clutter and organize what’s left in a way that makes sense for you and how you work.  A space that’s not organized will cost you not only time but money.
  • If you use a paper planner, purchase your new calendar/planner refills.  Get them in your binder and get busy with your plan.  Once you create your goals get the tasks to complete them into your schedule.
  • Don’t make resolutions, set goals.  Resolutions are a good place to start, but they don’t have staying power.  If you’ve created resolutions, morph them into S.M.A.R.T. (specific, measurable, attainable, relevant, time-bound) goals and create your plan to reach each of them.
  • End procrastination.  If you’ve been procrastinating, do something that you’ve been putting off today.  If you can finish the task, do so.  If not, take at least one step toward getting it done and do something every day until it’s done.
  • Create you plan for the year.  What are you doing this year with and inside of your business?  How much money do you want to make this year and how are you going to get there?
  • Get the help that you need.  When you’re wearing all of the hats, sometimes it’s hard to delegate, but there comes a point when it’s necessary.  Determine the things that can be delegated to someone else so that you can focus on doing what you do best.
  • Get an accountability partner.  If you’re going to accomplish what you set out to do, you need someone to support you and to hold you accountable.  Enlist a friend or colleague that you can share accountability with.  If that doesn’t work, get a coach.  It’s well worth the investment.


As we all know, spring has come to an end.  In the Northern Hemisphere, summer solstice begins on Jun 21 2011 at 1:16 P.M. EDT.  Summer Solstice results in the longest day and the shortest night of the year.  This gives us the start of longer days and summer fun.  If you did any spring cleaning, I hope that along with that you included decluttering and organizing your space.

If you haven’t already decluttered your environment, it’s time to hop to it and do it.  Declutter your environment one room at a time, pull out the summer clothes, pull out the grill, patio furniture, get rid of the things you no longer want or need and get ready for the season.  Doing these things now will have you be prepared for those summer events and activities.

The days may be getting longer, but it doesn’t mean that you have more time to get things done.  You have the same number of hours in every given day as usual.  Spring officially ends tomorrow, take the time now to get ready for summer so that you’ll be one step closer to getting things done and having fun.

When Spring rolls around, most people think and talk about “Spring cleaning” which for a lot of people means cleaning from top to bottom.  You know how it is, you clean all of those things that you wouldn’t clean during your regular weekly cleaning routine.

Spring cleaning is a beautiful thing and paves the way into the season, but when you really think about it , it s down to more than just cleaning.  If you really want to pave the way into the season, you have to purge and establish or refine systems that you already have in place.   Over the course of a year our homes and office spaces can accumulate quite a bit of things and it’s important that we weed those things out on a regular basis so that we only end up with things that we like and things that serve a purpose, which is important when you consider that clutter changes the energy in a space, not to mention physically blocks space.  When the space is free and clear of clutter the energy shifts.

As you declutter your space, sort things into separate boxes: give away, sell, throw away and be sure to get rid of old things associated with negative experiences or emotions.  The energy from them slows down progress and makes the energy in the space heavy, which really doesn’t work especially if you leave it in a work space.  Once you’ve decluttered, be sure that everything has a designated space.  Additionally, be sure that you have a system in place that will keep your environment clutter free and create new habits that will support you.  Additionally, look at your calendar and to-do list.  Clutter can accumulate there as well, it just happens to be in the form of unnecessary appointments and tasks.  When you finish decluttering your space, get rid of the unnecessary things on your calendar and to-do list as well.  Doing so will help you spring forward into the season.

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