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How to End 2014 Like a Boss

Folks, 2014 is coming to a close.

And by that I mean, it’s over. C’est fini! Peace out, 2014. You were a pretty sweet year.

So, in the final 12 hours of this latest 365-day tour around the sun, how can you close out like the boss that you are? Easy. Pay attention.

1.)    Take stock of what you accomplished this year.

My super entrepreneurial sister—lady owns three businesses, WHAT UP—posted an awesome reflection exercise on her Facebook page this week, and I used it to look back on my year.

And you know what? I accomplished a shit ton in 2014. Like, really a lot.

There were also a bunch of things that fell by the wayside for me this year, and it was super useful to take a moment and consider how I can rectify that in the next 12 months.

So! Sit down, and make a list. What are the top 10 accomplishments and disappointments you had in 2014? What were your 3 biggest game changers? What 3 things did you have every intention of accomplishing, but just didn’t get around to? And—perhaps most importantly—what are the three things you invested the most time in?

After you’ve made your list, go high-five someone. You did a lot this year. You rock.

And then, let those accomplishments and disappointments inform what you’ll do in 2015. What do you want to do differently this year? Set some goals for yourself in the New Year, and you’re well on your way to ending 2014 with total boss status.

2.)    Get all your commas and decimal points lined up.

This is less exciting and inspirational than annual reflections and goal-setting, but it’s got to be done.

Get all your revenues and expenditures documented and lined up. I realize you don’t REALLY need to get this done until April, but there’s no reason why you can’t do it now. And think about all the stress you’ll save in the coming months!

Seriously, get those tax documents ready for the accountant now. You’ll start 2015 fresh-faced and glowing.

3.)    Have a strategy in place for 2015.

PLAN. IT. OUT.

Did you hear me?

Make a plan, people.

I can’t tell you how many people I meet who have no strategy for the year until halfway through Q1. That’s months of lost time that could have been spent accomplishing goals, when instead it was wasted on planning that should have happened long ago.

Plan for next year, right now. Then, when 2015 arrives (T-minus 12 hours here, people), you’ll be prepared to hit the ground running.

4.)    Be ready to actually do it.

Planning only works if you actually carry out the plan. So make sure you’re prepared to do that.

Don’t be one of the many, many people who get analysis paralysis—making plans on plans on plans, and never doing anything about them.

Planning to do a rebrand this year? Make sure you have leads on an agency or creative freelancers who can get the job done. Want to score more clients in 2015? Awesome! Make sure you get on the phone, send out mailers, or put out an email blast this January. Whatever your strategy is for the New Year, make sure you roll up your sleeves, and get it done.

So, there you have it! That’s how I’ll be wrapping up this year—and I’m pretty excited about it. How are you ending 2014 like a boss?