It’s the only time during the year (in my humble opinion) when getting organized is fun!

I am reminded again how important it is to get organized, stay focused, and most importantly… get productive this time of year. High productivity doesn’t have to be difficult, but it is vital if you want to have a successful interior design business. With all the distractions you deal with and everything vying for your attention on a daily basis, how do you stay focused and productive? I’ve listed a few tips below to jump start your new year.

1. Ditch the Goals – Do you set goals or New Year’s resolutions? If you’re anything like me, you just MIGHT have a few resistant thoughts about setting goals. So let’s change things up a bit and go with something better… ‘Intentions’.

What are your intentions for the year? Is it to finally go all out and stop playing small? How will you invest in yourself? What kind of trainings and programs will you purchase this year? Quit thinking small. Stop going for those ‘safe’ goals all the time. Your time has come. It’s now. It’s time to go for what you really want with your interior design business.

2. Make it Easy on Yourself – Have you ever wondered why your previous goal setting didn’t produce much results? Let’s pick just one requirement for successful ‘intention’ setting.

If you’re anything like me, in years past, you’ve taken the time to write your goals but then rarely reviewed them. Maybe you couldn’t find where you wrote them down, or you got busy with the details of life and never got ‘around to it’. Not good!

So, with all the great tools available to us today, why not set up a system that will help you review your goals each week, month, etc? Ok that can feel a bit overwhelming, but it’s easy. Set up a reminder in your online calendar to review your intentions every Monday morning. Now how easy is that?! Use the tools that are now available to you – such as your Google calendar and set up repeating reminders.

3. Separation = Success – When you set your intentions make sure they have absolutely nothing to do with ‘client work’. They should be separate from client work and everything to do with marketing, networking, growing your business, adding a new product or service, etc. Sign up for a coaching program, get a new website by March 1st, write 8 articles for your blog, etc. Definitely, NOT client work such as – “Order fabric for xyz client” or “Follow up with workroom on abc project”. That’s working IN your business… not ON your business. So in summary…
1. Start with writing a handful of intentions for 2012.
2. Open your Google calendar and add a recurring task to remind you to review them on the first of each month or first of each week, etc.
3. Invest in yourself and your business this year. Consider a coaching program, attending a seminar, or invest in at least one big thing this year that you’ve always wanted for your business that will teach you, motivate you, propel you forward in your interior design business.

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