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9 Ideas to Get Your Work Organized for the Year Ahead

9 Ideas to Get Your Work Organized for the Year Ahead

Ask The Entrepreneurs is a regular series where members of those involved in the Young Entrepreneur Council are asked a single question that aims to help Lifehack readers level up their own lives, whether in a area of management, communication, business or life in general.

Here’s the question posed in this edition of Ask The Entrepreneurs:

What’s one thing you’re doing now to get your business organized for the year ahead?

1. Calendar Blocking

Kelly Azevedo

    As often as possible, I’m adding regular business tasks to my weekly calendar on repeat. It has helped to “hold the space” for client work, marketing, networking, family and fun. I take into account the 2013 personal and business goals as I create time to work closer to those outcomes.

    Kelly Azevedo, She’s Got Systems

    2. Budgeting for the Year

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    David Ehrenberg

      To prepare for the year ahead, I’m creating a financial plan and budget for 2013. This is an essential activity (that you should have started in 2012) to help you to get organized for the year ahead. Use your financial plan as an opportunity to hone in on your key goals for 2013 and to establish milestones to guide you throughout the year. Plan to update your budget as the year progresses.

      David Ehrenberg, Early Growth Financial Services

      3. Filing

      Derek Flanzraich

        Believe it or not, I haven’t had a filing cabinet so much as a filing “box” where everything I wanted to file away was placed in, without any rhyme or reason. My plan is to fix that.

        Derek Flanzraich, Greatist

        4. Have Some Perspective

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        Robert J. Moore

          Sometimes it’s easy to get lost in the weeds and forget about how far you can come in a year. We’re summarizing accomplishments made in 2012 to share with our company, and motivate the team to continue to do bigger and better things in 2013.

          Robert J. Moore, RJMetrics

          5. Cut the “Fluff”

          Benish Shah

            If it’s not something that is adding to my life in a positive manner, it needs to go. My goal is to surround myself with things that I’m passionate about, that I can learn from, and that will help me focus instead of distract me. It’s like spring cleaning your closet!

            Benish Shah, Vicaire Ny

            6. Get Personal!

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            John Hall

              Hiring a personal assistant. At first I felt like hiring a personal assistant was ridiculous, but the busier I get the less organized I am.

              John Hall, Digital Talent Agents

              7. Review Life Plan

              Peter Nguyen

                Every quarter I review my life plan and business objectives and goals. I try to go somewhere for a whole weekend to do this every three months.

                Peter Nguyen, Literati Institute

                8. Heighten Web Security

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                Logan Lenz

                  I went through a few terrible hacks recently. Even though we were prepared with backups and recovery best practices, cyber attacks are always damaging to an online business. I have spent much personal time and resources building out our security infrastructure in order to ensure that similar attacks never occur again in the future.

                  Logan Lenz, Endagon

                  9. Listening, Better and More Often

                  Mitch Gordon

                    For me, listening to my employees is the solution to many problems. They always have great ideas for how we can make the business, and our time in the office, more efficient and productive. We spent the month of December wrapping up year-end projects, as well as putting a great plan in place for 2013. Always take time for an in-depth review with key employees at the end of the year!

                    Mitch Gordon, Go Overseas

                     

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                    How to Increase Brain Power: 10 Simple Ways to Train Your Brain

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                    How often do you think about your brain? Do you ever stop to marvel at its incredible power and supreme cleverness? Or at least check in and give it a little spring clean and a recharge it from time to time?

                    If you’re like the majority, then your answer will likely be “no”.

                    Astoundingly, we only use around 10% of our brains yet we seldom think to invest in a little training every now and then.

                    For a long time, scientists believed that we were stuck with the brain we were born with! Luckily for us, that hypothesis has gone out the window!

                    Enter neuroplasticity – a new theory that has proven one very incredible fact: Our brains can change.

                    This means, if you’re not very intelligent in one area – that’s OK! You have the option to literally ‘change that area of your brain’ through some little trainings.

                    Your brain is a muscle. You need to exercise it regularly.

                    The exciting thing is that you don’t have to be a millionaire to increase your brain capacity. All you need to do is invest some time to regularly train your brain.

                    So how to increase brain power?

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                    Here are 10 simple ways to increase your brain power and improve your intelligence!

                    1. Do something new

                    When you experience something ‘new’, that actually ‘stimulate’ your brain!

                    Don’t get stuck in a rut doing the same old things – the only way to change the structure of your brain is to do something new. This creates new neural pathways, increasing your intelligence level.

                    You could take a new route to work, try a new recipe for dinner, or even a new form of exercise – mix them up!

                    2. Ditch the GPS

                    Gone are the days of map reading! Sat Nav may have made our lives easier, it has also made our brains lazier and less efficient at the same time!

                    Go back to the old school and use a map to navigate every now and then. This exercises the part of your brain responsible for understanding spatial relationships.

                    3. Ban the calculator

                    Remember back at school when we were taught to use our brains to do simple sums like times tables? It’s incredible how we now rely on devices like smart-phones and laptops to calculate really simple equations.

                    Resist the urge to work things out using an external device and use the device you were born with – your brain!

                    4. Be curious

                    Instead of taking everything at face value, get into the habit of questioning everyday things/products, services that you come into contact with.

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                    By being ‘curious’ and questioning everything, you force your brain to innovate and create new ideas.

                    Curiosity may have killed that cat but it created super important things like electricity and computers!

                    5. Think positive

                    Stress and anxiety kill existing brain neurons and also stop new neurons from being created.

                    Research has shown that positive thinking, especially in the future tense, speeds up the creation of cells and dramatically reduces stress and anxiety.

                    Try and get a handle on negative thoughts and make an effort to replace them with positive ones.

                    Not sure how to do it? Take a look at this article:

                    How to Turn Off Negative Thoughts in Your Mind

                    6. Exercise regularly

                    It’s been proven that regular exercise helps to increase brain function and enhances neurogenesis. This means that every time you exercise, you are creating new brain cells!

                    Here’re 5 Ways to Find Time for Exercise, get off the couch and get moving!

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                    Your brain will thank you for it.

                    7. Train your memory

                    How often do you hear people say “I wish I had a better memory!’ Yet no-one does anything about this!

                    If you discipline yourself to memorize phone numbers and other important numbers (passport, credit card, insurance, driving license) you will start to see a marked improvement in your memory.

                    8. Eat healthy

                    Our diets have a HUGE impact on brain function. Our brains consume over 20% of all nutrients & oxygen that we consumed – so remember to feed your brain with the good stuff! (i.e. fresh fruit and veg & plenty of OMEGA 3 oils found in oily fish)

                    Here’re more healthy foods that will boost your brain power:

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                    9. Read a book

                    Reading relieves tension and stress, which is brain-cell killers because it’s a form of escapism.

                    Research has also shown that using your imagination is a great way to train your brain because you force your mind to ‘picture’ what you are imagining. Reading is a great way to trigger your imagination!

                    Reading every day helps your thinking and imagination, learn more about it here:

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                    10. Get enough sleep

                    Sleep is like a mini detox for the brain. This is when your body regenerates cells and removes all the toxins that have built up during the day.

                    Get to bed between the hours of 9pm and midnight to benefit from the most effective hours of sleep!

                    If you have difficulty sleeping, you should read this guide:

                    The Ultimate Night Routine Guide: Sleep Better and Wake Up Productive

                    An intelligent brain comes from hard work

                    If you do take my suggestion and do these things consistently, you’ll soon realize your brain is sharper and you can remember more stuff.

                    You don’t need to do everything all at once, pick one to two and start making them your daily habit.

                    Intelligence comes from hard work. Make effort to train your brain and you’ll become smarter.

                    Featured photo credit: Pexels via pexels.com

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