Fotolia_2221632_XSThere is no question that this is a busy time of year.  But as we near the end of 2011, there are still a few things you can do to close out the year and prepare for a successful 2012.

1.  Spend some time on office "maintenance."  Take a few hours to catch up on filing, update your contact database, organize your receipts for the year (send them to Shoeboxed and let them take care of it for you!), empty your email inbox, and/or scan in those piles of paper (I recommend the Fujitsu ScanSnap S1500 for PC or Fujitsu ScanSnap S1500M for Mac for this task.)  Spending some time to maintain your office productivity systems will help you feel you can start the New Year fresh and accomplish your goals.

2. Fill a bag for donation. Get a trash bag (or box depending on the type of items) and take 10-15 minutes to fill it with items to donate.  Drop them off at a shelter, church, Goodwill, Salvation Army or the charitable organization of your choice before the end of the year to receive your 2011 tax deduction.  Help others during that may not be as blessed during the holidays and clear out your space at the same time.

3.  Take time for reflection and goal-setting. Review the good and bad from 2011 and determine three to five goals for 2012. What worked well in 2011 that you can build off of?  What changes do you need to make? What will you do differently and what tools or resources do you need to accomplish it?  Download and complete this free Annual Goal Setting Worksheet to help you through the process.

Each of these items are important for continued maintenance and success.  Be sure to schedule them in before your end-of-year calendar is full.

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