Wouldn’t it feel great if you started the New Year with a clean slate? Think about spending this week tidying up all of the loose ends that have been nagging at you.
Today’s post was inspired by Rachelle Disbennett-Lee, master coach and author of the Take Action Now blog. Rachelle sets aside what she has dubbed Clean Slate Week at the end of every year. For one week you can devote yourself to finishing up old projects, getting rid of stuff that no longer serves you, and taking care of your task list.
What’s broken or needs tweaking in your home, studio, office, or car? Don’t you just love it when a door stops squeaking or a long-gone light bulb has been replaced?
Who have you been intending to follow up with? Write that email or make that call this week! (See Action 10: Follow Up, Follow Up, Follow Up! in I'd Rather Be in the Studio!)
Have you been meaning to join an artist group or organization? Register for a social media account like Twitter? Do it now and mark it off your list.
Take all of the business cards and scraps of paper with people’s information on them and add them to your contacts database. Then throw out or recycle the cards and paper. You no longer need it.
Take it a step further and tackle your paper piles. File everything in a system, recycle what you don’t need, and bask in the open space you created.
Finally, tidy up your computer files–making folders where you need better organization and deleting any documents you no longer need. Don’t forget the photo files! They usually need plenty of attention.
When is the last time you backed up your computer files? How about your website and blog? Don’t waste another minute. And while you’re at it, put it on your calendar for future dates.
What is no longer serving you? Are there art supplies you no longer need? Clothes you no longer wear? Pack them up and either throw them away, recycle, or donate to an organization that could use them.
While you’re at it, pack up old files and records that you need to retain but no longer need in your everyday file cabinet. Put them in a box that is clearly labeled for fast retrieval in the future.
Got your 2010 calendar ready? Flip or scroll to the final week of the year and write down Clean Sweep Week. Don’t schedule other appointments. This week is just for you.