How to create New Year business resolutions that stick!

It’s hard to believe that the festive period is done and dusted for another year. I hope you enjoyed a wonderful break with your family and loved ones. If you’re anything like me, a little headspace has gone a long way to seeing you back in 2017, fresh and ready to go.

Regardless of where I’ve found myself in business over the last ten years, I’ve always thought of the New Year period as a special time. The idea of new beginnings has always sat well with me and often, this period can be a little quieter than usual. So it’s the perfect time to think about where your business is currently at, where you’re going and what action items you need to identify and make happen in order to ensure 2017 is your most successful year yet.

If you’re in need of some ideas to get those creative juices flowing, the following 5 resolutions have always served me well in business over the years:

#1: I promise myself that I’ll always be one step ahead in 2017

At some stage, every business owner is guilty of putting something off until they need it. Now’s a great time to take stock of what you may need in the future – documents such as company profiles, social media procedures, employee performance letters and so on, tend to get placed on the back burner until they’re needed. When they are needed, you need them yesterday. Get ahead and avoid what could be a stressful situation.

#2: I will schedule in regular holidays and work breaks into my day

As much as some of us like to challenge ourselves, we’re all human at the end of the day. This means that we’re not capable of working 24/7. Eventually, our bodies will force us to stop. Keep yourself motivated by scheduling in regular breaks throughout your day – even a quick walk or stretch at your desk will do. Importantly, take regular holidays when you can throughout the year. If taking weeks off isn’t an option, look at where you can squeeze in a long weekend. Remember, if you need to, outsource where relevant so that you can give yourself a breather, do so. A holiday is a necessity, not a luxury.

#3: I’ll wave goodbye to trying to be a superpower and I’ll make good use of the help on-hand

Yes, we’ve touched on outsourcing already. What else are you trying to do yourself that you can sort simply by using what’s already on-hand? Over the years, I’ve seen business owners trying to write-up things such as their own policy documents (a dispute resolution or annual leave policy for instance). Why reinvent the wheel? You’ve got numerous templates at your fingertips that are cost-effective and compliant with Australian standards. Use them!

#4: I will seek out experts when I need to as opposed to struggling away on my own

I totally understand how a cash-strapped business owner might try to do everything themselves. However, at a certain point in time, they’re actually likely to be wasting more money by trying to do everything than to look for help when needed. For example, I take twice as many hours to handle my bookkeeping than my bookkeeper does. Time is money so it makes more sense for me to outsource this task and focus on what I do best.

#5: I’ll be in a better place than I am now, this time next year

It’s always good to set your sights higher and higher so each year, I raise the bar. Of course, the definition of ‘in a better place’ will mean different things to different people. As long as you have a solid understanding of what you’re keen to achieve in 2017, you’ll be well on your way to a successful year.At the end of the day, regardless of your business situation, now’s the ideal time to use a fresh start to get your business on track in 2017. Take time out to reflect on your accomplishments and pinpoint areas where you know you need to improve.

If you’re struggling to juggle way too many hats in your business, Dawtek can help to ease your workload with our ready to go and easy to use templates. We’ve got a huge variety available right now and we’re always adding new templates to our bank. Feel free to contact us here or give us a call on 1300 329 835 if you’ve got any questions.

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