As we draw closer to the beginning of a new year, I hope everyone has had some time to relax, rejuvenate, and reflect on the current year. I feel like now is the time to start thinking about what changes one would make for the new year, not just in terms of personal growth (won’t we all be promising ourselves that we’ll go to the gym more?), but also in terms of our business lives. Here are some things to think about.
1) Evaluate the past year in general terms – thinking back on the year, do you feel good about what you accomplished? Did you make work that you’re proud of, or reach any significant milestones? Remember back in January when you had your first solo show? Celebrate that. Remember when you were hired to shoot a job in Paris? That’s a good one.
2) Cull your best work for your portfolio. Some people make this an ongoing process, but if you’re not one of those people, make some time to go through your work from this year to document or flag your best stuff. Consider keeping it in a desktop folder for easy access, and then put the rest of your work away.
3) What didn’t you get around to this year that you’d still like to achieve? Didn’t get a chance to send those promo mailers? Did you plan to meet with that potential client but put it off? Consider making a list of the things you’d still like to do, and let the rest go.
4) Do you have everything you need to succeed in the new year? It could be money, equipment, or time that you feel short on. Again, consider making a list of the things you think will help you achieve your goals.
5) How will you make your changes happen? Now is a good time to start thinking about the groundwork that will need to happen to change things. Maybe you want a new logo for your business, so you’ll need to find a designer. Maybe you want to cut back on shifts at your place of employment, so you’ll have to figure out if you can afford it. Maybe you want to learn a new computer program, so you’ll have to look into classes. Whatever the goal, list the steps you’ll need to get there.
January is a launching pad for so many exciting things. Don’t spend too much time stressing out about it, but take some time to think about where you want to be by the end of 2012, so you can start the year running.