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Getting 2009 Off to a Good Start

As I prepare for a my road trips, off to Philly, NYC, Atlanta, Chicago, Minneapolis and then Detroit and Dallas, I thought I would list a few thoughts that I hope will help you be better prepared to succeed in 2009:

  • Go back and read your entire calendar, whether it's paper based or Outlook or both. Look for missed appointments, a suspect that might need to be followed upon again, a networking partnering and events that you attended. Look and evaluate your time management, the number of appointments you made, the contacts you established and then make new resolutions based upon your "inspection."
  • Clean your desk. It's a great mental exercise. Throw away papers that have simply accumulated, empty file drawers, create new 2009 files and throw away any folders that you have not used in two years. Take the same time to cleanse your PC. Delete old e-mails, update software and make a 2008 back up.
  • Take a mental break. Force yourself to step away and reflect on your successes of 2008, focus on the good things that happened and write down your goals -- both professionally and personal. Then do something that you want to do, but have not had time to do: sleep, golf, cook, read a fun book, spend extra time with family ... just release your tensions.

Fairly simple things, but I have found that successful people have found a balance in their lives. The objective of these days is to refresh, refocus and take care of yourself. See you in a city near you or an airport ... and pass this blog to your buddies.

Posted by Ken Thoreson on January 26, 2009 at 11:59 AM


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