I’ve always thought there was some genius to this idea. These close out deals allow them to get rid of the older models, the more difficult models that are holding down their financing, and gives them the option to bring in more newer and productive products in January.
We’re all used to creating new years resolutions, but how often do we actually put a deadline on them, or focus on completing them? In some ways these close out plans are the reverse of those resolutions most of us make in January. Instead of creating new action items and putting energy towards new projects, the goal is to finish something, to move something off the plate to make room for something new.
A few years ago I had a thought. What if I could apply this to my own life? Is there anything that I can get rid of, to make room for something new and exciting next year? That’s when I decided to start my own December Close Out plan.
For the last two years I’ve used December to focus on closing out some of my own projects, just like these dealers sell off cars. I usually have a chunk of time off during the Christmas holiday, which makes December a perfect time to play out this plan. In the last few years I have been very successful doing so. I’ve finished stories, sent works to publishers, new and old, and started new series. All as part of this end of year cleanup program.
This year I’ll be doing the same. I have a few projects I want to complete, some that have been hanging around for way too long. I want to complete a short story and get it to my publisher that I’ve been thinking about for months, I want to finish the first draft of a WIP I started in February and I want to finish revisions on another work and submit it to my publisher before the end of the month. If I can get all these projects that have been hanging around, out to the world, I’ll be able to devote more time to some other ideas I have in the pipeline come 2014.
So what do you want to finish before the new year begins? Want to finish cleaning out that back cluttered bedroom (I have that on my list)? Want to finish putting together that scrapbook you’ve been working on for three years?
What do you want to complete this year, so you can start 2014 on the best foot possible? Leave your goal in the comments, so we can all cheer each other on to these accomplishments.