by Katie B. Smith
How will you make 2012 a great year? I believe the New Year is not just about meeting goals but rather, positioning oneself properly to attract opportunity, joy and results in an easy and effortless manner. For me it always starts with letting go of the old and making space for the new. By space I mean physical and mental space. I clean out old files, put new systems in place, maybe even purchase new office furniture or clean out the office to create space and energy for the new business that awaits me in the New Year. I also like to color-code my calendar for the year and schedule vacations first (so I am sure to make time for them), then client time, workouts, marketing time, down time, and anything that is important for me to have a balanced life and experience less stress.
Once my calendar is set, I have a clear idea of where I need to put my time and energy to generate the results I want in my business and my life. I no longer take up my mind space thinking about scheduling and time management. My mind is free to focus on what really matters and I have the space to do so. I call these tasks part of my business operations infrastructure. To work efficiently and effectively it is important to put your internal and external infrastructure in place. Like building a house, you have to set up the framework before adding the rooms, floors, windows, etc. Setting up the operations of any business is a key to experiencing more productivity and results. This can also apply to your home—clearing out what no longer serves you or your family to make way for the new that awaits you. And by clearing out and building infrastructure, you actually help new opportunities arrive.
It’s difficult getting back into the work schedule after being on holiday and saying goodbye to the past year. But what a gift to reflect on what worked and what could be improved, and then set up your internal and external space to reflect that. I can’t think of a better way to position yourself for ease and success than creating the space for opportunities to find you.
While we all have to do our due diligence, it helps to create an atmosphere inside and outside of yourself that reflects who you are and what you aim to gain in the next year. You will be amazed at the clarity of your thinking, your insights, and the ease of results when you focus on your infrastructure. It’s what creating the life and work you want is all about.
So how will you make 2012 a great year? I encourage you to take one small step this month to strengthen your infrastructure and create space so you can attract all the new opportunities that await you.
Work & Live Well,