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Tips to Get Organized for the New Year

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Oh, how time flies! The holidays are wrapping up and it’s time to break out the 2019 calendar. The new year is always a good time to start fresh. This means cleaning out that junk drawer and coming up with some manageable goals. Here are some tips to get organized for the new year and start 2019 off right:

1) Reflect on last year’s goals and come up with some new ones

Take some time to evaluate what changes have impacted your home and work life. Did you move to a new city? Improve your skills? Tackle that impossible project? Find inspiration for what to improve, what to move on from, and what to keep pursuing in 2019. Maybe you want to find more time to spend with your family, or maybe you want to transition to doing more remote work (and boy do we have some tips for you!). A cliché “new year’s resolution” might not be your thing, but everyone has little things they want to change.

2) Tidy up your digital space

You probably didn’t plan on dozens of icons piling up on your desktop, and yet, there they are. It’s an overwhelming amount of clutter, and if it’s not stopped now, it will only get worse. Plus, it’s much easier to navigate a tidy desktop.

Remember to go through your “downloads” and “trash” folders, too. Clearing up some disk space will help speed up your computer performance. And don’t forget your phone! Backup your photos and contacts and get rid of all those apps you haven’t used in months.

3) …and your workspace

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Why wait for spring to do some cleaning? Whether you work from home or in an office, odds are that clutter has built up over the last 12 months. We all know that a clean, organized space is an efficient space. If the mess is uncontrollable, this might be a good time to think of a new way to organize your workspace.

4) Update your security

The new year is a great time to change passwords and update any security software if you haven’t already.  Look to activate two-factor identification when you can; your email is worth protecting. And, given all the data breaches lately, it might be a good idea to close any internet accounts that you don’t use.

Now’s the time to make sure you start 2019 off on the right foot. Besides, a little bit of “new year cleaning” never hurt anybody.