It’s time to tie a bow around 2014 and prepare for 2015 by organizing your systems.
The ideas here should take you less than 1 hour, and they will bring peace of mind to your New Year.
1. Update the copyright notices on your website, blog, and newsletter.
Too many sites have old copyright dates on them. I've seen some as old as 2007! Blogging platforms will automatically update your copyright, but static sites need your attention now.
I’m not talking about the copyright notice on individual images. I’m referring to the copyright statement on the site, which is typically located in the footer of your pages.
If your website says ©2014, it doesn’t look fresh. Change that to 2015 before you forget.
I took this screen capture of my site earlier in the week. If you scroll down to the bottom of the page, you'll see 2015 today.
Do the same for any notification in your newsletter.
2. Make 2015 folders for the paper files and e-files you organize by date.
In my business, it’s financial and tax records that are primarily organized by date. For paper versions, I clean out the 2014 folders, archive them, and make nicely labeled folders for 2015.
I keep as much as I can on the computer to eliminate the paper. Those files are also organized by the year (e.g. 2015 Biz Receipts, 2015 Invoices, 2015 Taxes).
On the computer, I make these sub-folders of the 2015 Finances folder.
3. Capture all of your projects.
Spend a couple of hours this week assessing all of the projects on your plate.
Projects are undertakings that require multiple steps to complete. For example: overhauling a website, creating a new body of work, moving, organizing an exhibition, and writing a book are all projects that can’t be completed in one sitting.
You probably have 10-15 projects at any one time, and you need to stay on top of all of them.
Make a list of the projects and then start filling in the tasks required for completing each one.
4. Practice writing 2015.
Pull out your checkbooks (if you still use them!) and write 2015 on a bunch of new checks. They’ll have the correct year when you’re ready to use them.
5. Join me for Surefire Income-Boosting Strategy 2015.
I’ll help you start the New Year with a bang in this complimentary training session.
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