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8 Things You Need To Do To Wrap Up Your Year Right


Clean out email 

  • Clear your inbox! – Set aside time to sift through email – don’t go into 2011 with unanswered email over your head.
  • Delete any unread newsletters, articles, feeds, magazines. Let them go – there will plenty more in 2011!
  • Empty your sent, trash and archive files. It will speed up your email program!



  • Pay bills and issue invoices if you’re a SBO or contractor
  • Balance your financial accounts
  • Organize your financial documents in one place – makes tax time easier
  • Make budget for 2013!

Clear your space

  • Tackle paper files - sort, toss & file old papers – condense & organize files
  • Organize your work space – clean slate in 2013
  • Check your supplies – do you have enough to get you thru? Too many?

Tackle your computer

  • Clean up your E-desk - Delete, condense, and organize desktop shortcuts & electronic files.
  • Uninstall programs you no longer use
  • Back up your computer files to an external hard drive or the cloud!
  • Consider your electronic needs and equipment – do you need to upgrade

Evaluate unfinished projects - do they still matter to you? If not, let them go…

Do a review of the year – What did you achieve? What went worked? What didn’t?

Set goals, intentions, focus for 2012… what do you want next year to look like?

Rest - give yourself permission to take a well-deserved break!

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How Do You Score In The Game Of Life?


If you think of life in terms of a game, then perhaps you should give yourself a score of some sort. How else will you know how you’re doing?

And really why shouldn’t you? Despite the fact that it is often serious and at times difficult, life really does play out much like a game. We compete against each other and sometimes work in teams. We try to accumulate possessions and titles as if they were points on the scoreboard. We advance by a combination of choices, strategy and sheer luck.

So why shouldn’t we get a score?

Only in this case you are the only one who can decide how many points you are awarded…

(This post was originally published a year ago…if you did the test back then, how does this year compare?) 

Let’s have some fun and find out how we are doing at the game of life.

Give yourself from 1 – 20 points in each of the 5 areas based on how well you think you are doing.

Health – How is your health? Consider your weight, diet, fitness and energy as well as any health problems you may have.

Relationships – How are your relationships? How deep and fulfilling is your relationship with your significant other, your children, your parents or your siblings. How about your friends?

Career – How satisfied are you with your career or business life? Are you content? Are you contributing meaningful work? Are you doing something you enjoy? Are you being valued appropriately?

Happiness – How happy are you? Really? Do you feel good about your life? Do you have a hopeful, positive attitude? Do you feel a sense of balance or are you feeling unstable or overwhelmed?

Money – This is not about how much money you have, but with your perception of it. Do you have enough money? Are you responsible in your managing of your money? Do you feel secure about money? Or are you always worried?

Now add up your score in each area to get your “Life Score.”

Your score is yours alone. You do not have to share. It’s not about comparing or competing with anyone other than yourself. You decide what it means and what, if anything, you’d like to do about it.

My scoring guidelines:

75-100 – You are either lying to yourself…or you really know what you want out of life and are making good decisions and taking consistent action to keep moving in a positive direction.

50-74 – You are probably making good choices much of the time and may have some idea of what you want out of life, but there is room for improvement. You may have a nagging health issue or be worried about money or unhappy in your career. Or you may just be juggling everything pretty well, but feel that you can do better.

25-49 – You probably aren’t really clear on what you want or what you should be doing.  You know that your choices could be better, but you just can’t seem to take consistent action toward your goals. Or you are so focused on one aspect of your life that the others are completely suffering. You could use some help.

0-24 – You desperately need help! You are totally missing out on the fullness of what life has to offer you. But you can make changes. It’s not hopeless; not at all.

How did you do? Are you happy with your life score?

If you are…. Congratulations! Good job!

If you’re not… You can do better. Change is possible and it’s doesn’t even have to be that hard. You might benefit from coaching, from self-discovery, life planning or clear goal setting. The good news is that much of your life is within your control. Yes, there is an element of luck and circumstances, but to a large extent you have the power.

Your power lies in your choices, your actions and your attitude.

How you use that power determines the outcome and experience of your life.

Care to share? How satisfied are you with your life score? What will you do about it?


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This Might Be My Best Advice Ever…


This might be my new, best advice… In fact, it’s definitely going near the top of my “Life Rules” list.

Maybe it should even be our new manifesto on what to do with our lives… (Love that word; it sounds so esoteric, so important)

What to do with my life:

Do what you’d like to see in the world

Write the book you’d want to read

Make the product you’d want to use

Do the work you’d want to see done

Make the art you’d want to look at

Start the business you’d want to work for

Make the change you’d like to see

Be the person you’d want to meet

Be the friend you’d like to have

Be the parent you wish you had

Be the child you’d hope to have

Confession…I’m great at developing and sharing advice…Not so great at following it…Working on it…

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A Year Ago on PLC: 11/9

Some things are relevant year after year… I borrowed this idea from Unclutterer…and I think it’s a good one, so, lets see what we can find in the archives that’s still meaningful and useful…and it’s interesting to see how my writing has changed and grown over time…


Tackle the Time Wasters - Identify 5 time wasters that eat up your time, your focus or your energy.

Productivity Challenge - Though it may seem counter-intuitive, our biggest gains often do not come through expansion.


Do You Have a Supply Strategy - Do you know when to order and when to wait? How you can make the most of your limited dollars without sacrificing in other areas?

Change Gives Us Branches - Life is all about change, continuous change really. Without it we are a stagnant, stale shell of a human being.

Lessons Learned Month 4 - Lessons learned from a military spouse.

51 Tips for Saving Money – Readers of Small Business Trends contribute their best real-world tips and advice for how small businesses can save money.

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What Gets You From Here to There?


The most important question to ask in any quest towards any type of goal is…

What will get me from where I am now to where I want to end up?

  1. What specific actions do I need to take?
  2. What decisions do I need to make?
  3. What resources can I enlist to make this happen?
To get me from here…

To here…

Often the fine line between failure and success in our quest to change, complete, achieve, accomplish, or triumph, hinges on our ability to answer those three basic questions.

Action is worthless without direction.

Think about something you’re working toward or want to accomplish and ask yourself if you know the answers to those questions? If your answer is no, then that’s where you need to start.

Photos by FreePhotoResources

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