A New Year gives an opportunity to reflect on lessons learned over the year that has past. I am always excited by the fresh start that comes with returning to work in January. It provides an opportunity to spring clean my ideas, goals and processes. As I paused over the New Year break, I made a note of some resolutions to help stay on track and focus on success in 2014.
Set measurable objectives
Grab a coffee, pick up a pen and paper and jot down some goals you want to achieve in 2014 then plan how you will do this with measurable objectives. For example, aim to increase your blog subscribers by 10% in 6 months. Plan how your objectives will be achieved and tracked. Make sure your objectives are SMART – specific, measurable, attainable, realistic and timely.
So many people complain about being busy. Small business people often find themselves performing many different jobs during the course of a single day. Making a time management plan will not only increase your productivity, it will decrease your stress.
Organise your systems
Do you waste time looking for files and emails? Establish a file management system that is organised. This includes how you are backing up your data, organising invoices, handling receipts and virus protection.
Take care of yourself
You are the boss and without you, the business will fail. You cannot work productively if you are 100% focused on growing your business. So take a few deep breaths whenever you think of it and give yourself permission to enjoy time out, family and friends.
Well done for taking the time to read this and think about what you are doing both good and bad. Never underestimate the importance of goal setting. I recommend allocating time to regularly step back and review your business. However, there is no need to feel deflated if you slip back into bad habits. Tomorrow is a new day.