5 simple steps to cleanse over the festive season

With the holiday season approaching and businesses starting to wind down in the lead up to the festive break, it is a great opportunity to do a bit of cleansing.

I often talk about ‘closing your day’ and getting ready for tomorrow in our Working Smart programs. Well now I am going to recommend that you ‘Close your year’ and get ready for 2013. Here are a few steps to get you started:

Step 1: Go through all your papers on your desk and use the 4 D process to organise them into the correct place. Create 4 piles based on the D’s and ensure that all your paper makes it into one of the piles.

Step 2: Go through your paper folders and sort them out and archive any that are no longer in active use.

Step 3: Go through and clean out your Inbox and get it back to zero ready for the New Year where you can keep on top of it.

Step 4: Use your Out of Office and even consider creating a rule to move all emails to a folder whilst you are on holidays. This way when you come back, your Inbox won’t be overwhelmed and you can go through the folder and delete or action what needs to be done.

Step 5: Start the New Year with a commitment to yourself that you will follow 3 effective processes to keep you on track, such as using the 4D’s, blocking out time for important work and ‘Closing your Day’ everyday to be on top of your workload and working in a proactive manner.