New Year’s resolutions are tricky things: we all know that most don’t last beyond January, and the enthusiasm we feel for them at the start of the year can quickly fade when the day-to-day realities of life set in. But that doesn’t mean we shouldn’t set them – especially if you’re a business owner.
All good businesses operate on clear goals. Unlike resolutions, we don’t limit ourselves to setting these goals just once a year, and if we fall behind with them we usually extend the deadline rather than abandoning them forever. This is a good approach to take to New Year’s resolutions too, so with that in mind, here are four resolutions to set for your business in 2020 that you can actually keep. They’re achievable, specific and you can keep working on them throughout the year!
1. Tidy your workspace
Let’s start simple: by tidying your workspace. It might seem like a small thing, but having a neat desk and organised files will put you in a good mindset to start the year. Resolve to do this as early as possible – preferably your first day back in the office, or as soon as you’ve finished reading this post – so you can feel the satisfaction of setting yourself a goal and achieving it right away.
2. Help someone
It feels good to help others, so this year, resolve to give someone else a helping hand with their career. Think back to when you were first starting out with your business – did somebody give you good advice or a lucky break? Then ask yourself, are you in a position to do that for someone else? You could help someone in an official capacity such as through a mentorship scheme, or reach out and offer your expertise to people you meet at networking events or on social media.
3. Set one goal
Sometimes we can get carried away with our own ambitions and set ourselves too many goals at once. Instead, this year, set just one long-term goal. It can be as big or as complex as you like, but it should be something important and meaningful to your business – a single aim that you can keep your focus on throughout the year. If you complete your goal early, celebrate and then set another one; if it takes you all year, that’s fine too.
4. Ask for help
Plenty of business owners struggle to ask for help, even when powering through alone isn’t the most useful (or profitable!) solution. In 2020, break this habit by recognising the areas in which you need help and then looking for some support. Are you struggling to meet your goals? Then find a friend or peer to keep you accountable. Overwhelmed with jobs you don’t have the time or the skills for? Then hire a virtual assistant to share the load and get your work–life balance back. Once you start asking for help, you’ll probably wonder why you didn’t do it sooner!
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