While re-organizing one of my file drawers where I keep a folder labeled ‘Favorite Articles’, I started reading an article on Things to do Before the New Year.
Below are some of the points that the article introduced and some of my own experiences as it relates to preparing for the New Year:
1.Buy a Folder for Taxes: Use these last days to get organized for tax time.
Print this list of things you will need from TurboTax. Get ready to mail in your taxes well before the deadline this next year.
2. Buy a Folder for Compliments: What is better than a ‘compliment’ folder?
This folder is for you to record every complimentary email you get from colleagues and clients next year. Also, print major and minor accomplishments for this year.
Why do you need this? By November you will have forgotten about what you did in February. Recording and thus remembering is your ticket to negotiating a higher salary at the end of next year or start that long awaited business venture.
3. Zero Out Your Flexible and Healthcare Spending Account: Check to see what balances remain in your accounts. Then buy a pair of glasses. Even if you don’t wear them – get non-prescription lenses. Why? They make an amazing first impression.
Other people’s impressions are formed not based upon what you say, but what you look like and how you carry yourself. The quicker you learn what they are looking for, the easier it is to master it.
4. Update Your Resume and Social Media Profile: You never know when you will need an updated resume and bio. Update it now. On the career oriented networking sites, make sure your information is up to date.
As it relates to social media sites – make sure everything up there is appropriate and has privacy controls. Google yourself and make this a practice. You don’t need those unfortunate bikini shots to show up on a casual Google search – or that entire photo album you forgot to mark private.
A good rule of thumb is to remove any photos of you that you wouldn’t want on the front page of your local paper.
5. Review Your Investments – In the financial world and in yourself: On the financial side, consider where you are in life (buying a home, retiring, starting a business, etc.) and where the market is – is it a good time for stocks or bonds? Make any revisions necessary to your financial plan.
If you don’t have a plan, now is the time to start a financial plan.
On the personal side, invest in what you want to become. Consider investing in self-improvement activities such as public speaking courses, yoga classes, Spanish lessons, a mastermind group or coaching program.
6. Catalogue Your Expenses: Download what you spent across all of your credit and debit cards this year. Sort expenses by category. You may be surprised by what you find.
7. Turn Common Spending Into Celebrations: In 2013, you may need to find ways to 1) curtail 2) become more aware of and/or 3) have more fun with your spending.
How? Turn ordinary spending into celebrations. Spending money should be treated as a gift. So if you are buying someone lunch—tell them why. If you ski, just for a day- get appropriately excited and relish it afterwards.
Try to attach an emotional linkage to what would otherwise be a simple monetary transaction. This places awareness upon and lends more joy to spending.
7.5. Get Fit, Fine & Fabulous in 2014: Purchase Fit, Fine & Fabulous in Career, Business & Life before the New Year. I promise it will change your life and help you focus for 2014.
© Copyright 2013 Laureen Wishom