It's almost time to break out the party hats and raise a toast to the New Year, but there's still half a month left until we bid 2013 adieu. Author Kevin Daum says that's plenty of time to check off seven items on this end of the year to do list. Tying up loose ends now will prepare you for what's to come in 2014. 

To start, make a list of three obstacles you can reasonably eliminate. If there was something that got in your way this year, chances are it will get in your way again next year. Remember to add to the list the things that are in your control -- for example: your own bad habits. Read more

Eliminate Buzzwords From Your LinkedIn Profile 

There's a reason why clichés are used so often. They're descriptive and help to clearly make a point. However, their over-use is the reason why they lose their impact over time. The same happens with some of the words you're using to describe yourself on LinkedIn - "strategic," "effective" and "driven" to name a few. Eliminate buzzwords to ensure that whoever is reading your profile doesn't skim over the entire thing. Read more.  

Big Decision and Not Enough Time? 

It's certainly more comfortable to make decisions that are based on data and evidence, but sometimes you just won't have that luxury. When you're given a deadline to make a decision -- and it's long before you feel ready -- ask yourself these three questions: What was your day one hypothesis? Do you at least know the general direction this decision will bring you? What do you have to believe for this to be the right choice? Read more.

Stop Worrying About the Future  

For peace of mind, remember this: best and worst case scenarios never happen. "Everything is a continuum between what you'd like to have happen and what you dread might happen," Inc. contributor Geoffrey James wrote in a recent piece. Understanding this prevents you from feeling extreme disappointment when the outcome falls short of your dream scenario. Read more

Build a Better BS Detector

If you don't have that built-in intuition allowing you to know when someone is lying, you're not alone. Follow these two steps to identify when someone is feeding you plain nonsense. First, ask the person to walk you through their thinking. Second, ask them to define their idea of success and see if they reach a logical outcome. Read more