Uncommon Essentials: 5 Things You Must Try This Month

This phrase finds its way out of my mouth at the beginning of every month, but seriously y'all — can you believe it's December already? 2012 was a hell of a year, but I have a feeling that 2013 is going to rock our shit in ways we don't even understand yet. Good or bad, are you prepared for the ride?

Essentials For December 2012

This month, I'm taking a look back, moving forward, and staying organized through it all. Below, five things you gotta do and try this month before we run out of 2012 hours. . .

The countdown begins.


  1. Look Back — Take a look back at 2012. What worked? What didn't? What can you learn from your mistakes and failures? What can you learn from your successes? What would you do differently in the future?
  2. Plan Ahead — Now gather up all of your lessons and start planning your high-level view for 2013. Write out your major goals and themes for each month, whether that's editorially, marketing, sales, product roll-outs, or social media. Get a good look at where your 2013 is headed. Does it look how you want it to? Solidify those goals and give yourself a supportive high five — you have a ton of work ahead ...

See the rest of the list after the break.


  1. Download Clear for Mac — Stay organized at home and on the go with the Clear app for Mac, iPhone, and iPad. This app keeps you on top of your most important projects by providing a heat map-style list that's simple to manage, and way better to look at than your Notes app.
  2. Try ProjectFlow — Make 2013 the year you'll stay ahead of the game. Got multiple projects going at once? ProjectFlow is a project management tool that helps you visualize your workflow, create separate tasks and keep you focused on what's due next. It's amazingly helpful for building your products, managing client work, and keeping yourself on track at home, too.
  3. Give Thanks — You've had your head down and focused on launching, maintaining, and growing your business, so it's time to give thanks to all those that helped you get here, lent you an ear to bounce ideas off of, didn't take your epic freak-outs personally, or just stayed the hell out of your way when you were in a bad mood from lack of sleep and/or coffee. A handwritten note, phone call, or all-day mimosa brunches are always appreciated.

What are your essential goals and items for December?


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