5 WAYS TO SPRING CLEAN YOUR CREATIVE CAREER
Spring-cleaning isn't just for your wardrobe. The new season is an ideal time to reevaluate, refine, and refresh your creative career.
REVIEW YOUR GOALS
Remember that '2015 World Domination' list you wrote in January? Now's a good time to dust if off and evaluate your progress. And if you haven't made any, now is also a good time to ask yourself why. Are your goals too ambitious? Are you being reckless about time management? Are you straight-up procrastinating? Update each item on your list with three, clear action steps - and give yourself a deadline to get them done.
(But also: feel free to cull any to-dos that no longer seem relevant or necessary for the development of your career. Perhaps you won't get round to learning German this year. Perhaps that's totally OK.)
START SOMETHING NEW
Spring is the season of new beginnings, which makes it an ideal time to launch into a project you've been meaning to get around to but just, you know, haven't. Longer, brighter days should provide the energy boost you need to bring a fresh idea to fruition, so why not pick one project and give yourself until the first day of summer 2015 (that's June 21 - 75 whole days away!) to get it done?
CLEAN UP YOUR PORTFOLIO
A sloppy online presence is never good look, especially for a creative freelancer. Dedicate a full day to getting your work website up to date and in order: good photos, clear copy, and accessible contact information are all crucial factors. Google yourself (it's OK, we all do it) to ensure your name doesn't bring up anything that might repel a potential employer.
RECONSIDER YOUR ROUTINE
We're naturally prone to switching up our daily routines at this time of year (hello, dusty gym membership). When it comes to your working life, now is also the perfect time to think about how and where you're going to be working in the coming weeks, in order to set yourself up for maximum productivity.
Make use of brighter mornings by getting up a bit earlier to work on that new spring project, or embrace warmer nights by signing up for an evening class. If you love working from home in the winter but prefer to get outside when the sun is shining, think about where might make the perfect spring/summer workspace. If you have any spring/summer travel plans that might disrupt your work flow, be sure to factor those into your timelines, too.
CLEAR OUT YOUR WORKSPACE
A clean, clear workspace is a key element of productivity. Spent some time getting yours in order: Take everything off your desk, wipe away the grime, clean the windows, get rid of all the random business cards and receipts that you've hoarded over the past few months, and add some plants or fresh spring flowers. Now you're ready to work.