The end of the year is a good time to reflect on your business’s progress over the past 12 months and a good time to plan business goals for the New Year. It’s a great time to ask and answer questions, such as, do you want increased success in the coming year, or more chances to enjoy success you may have achieved? These top New Year’s resolutions are designed to help you do both: strike a better work-life balance and increase business success in the New Year.
1) Learn to delegate, and do more of it. There are so many things to do when you’re running a business. It’s easy to delude ourselves that we need to do all of them. By doing all of them, we become so exhausted and frazzled, and have no time or inclination to do much else. Let someone else do some of the tasks for a change. Delegation is the key to a healthy-work life balance.
2) Promote your business regularly and consistently. Too often the task of promoting business slips to the bottom of the to-do list, as it may not always feel of top importance. If you want to attract new customers, you have to make business promotion a priority. One of your top new year’s resolutions should be surround yourself by good marketing professionals, or take the time to develop a marketing plan on your own. The key will be to actually follow through on the plan.
3) Make business planning a weekly event. Planning is vital if you want a healthy, growing business. Business planning lets you take stock of what worked and what didn’t work, and helps you set new directions or adjust old goals. Most companies only do this once a year, or once a quarter. Do not make this mistake. Set time aside each week to review, adjust, and look forward. Not only will this help you avoid costly mistakes and stay on track, but you will feel more focused, and thusly, more relaxed.
4) Learn something new. What you choose to learn may be directly related or completely unrelated to your business. Learning something new will add to your skills and add a new dimension of interest to your life – another important part of achieving a healthy work-life balance and increasing your business success. Depending on how you chose to learn, you may meet new and interesting people, who may become customers, colleagues, or friends.
5) Join a new business organization or networking group. There is nothing like talking to other business people for sparking new ideas, refining old ones, and making contacts. Whether it’s a group specifically focused on networking, or an organization dedicated to a particular type of business, in-person or over the internet, making the effort to be part of a group will revitalize you and your business.
6) Give back to your community. There are all kinds of worthy organizations that will make a difference in your community. Those who give get. Nothing will seed and grow goodwill for you and your business better than giving back to the community. So make one of your top New Year’s resolutions to find a cause that matters to you and give what you can. Make this the year that you serve on a committee, be a mentor, volunteer, or make regular donations to the groups in your community that try to make the place you live better.
7) Put time for yourself on your calendar. It’s so important to take the time to recharge and refresh yourself; a healthy work-life balance and your business’s success demand time out. All work and no play is a recipe for mental and physical disaster. So if you have trouble freeing up time to do the things you enjoy, write time regularly into your schedule to focus on yourself, and stick to that commitment. If you won’t invest in yourself, who will?
8) Set realistic goals. Goal setting is a valuable habit if the goals lead to success rather than distress. Resolve that the goals you set will be achievable, rather than unrealistic pipe dreams that are so far out of reach they only lead to frustration.
9) Don’t just make do; get a new one. Is there a piece of equipment in your office that is interfering with your success or something that you lack that is making your working life harder? Whether it is an old fax machine that is a pain to use or the need for a new employee to lighten your workload, stop putting off what you need. The irritation of making do just is not worth it.
10) Drop what is not working and move on. All ideas are not going to be super, as sales methods are not going to work for everyone, etc. If a technique, product, or business relationship is not working for you, stop using it. Do not invest a lot of energy into trying to make the unworkable workable. Move on. Something better will turn up.
Achieving a health work-life balance is like maintaining a good relationship; you have to keep working on it. But if you apply these top New Year’s resolutions throughout the year, you will not only feel better but you will have more energy to put into your business and make it the success you deserve.
- Lauren Lynch has a collective 13 years of experience in Human Resources. She completed her undergraduate work at Arcadia University where she earned a Bachelors in Sociology with a double minor in Psychology and Anthropology. While earning her degree she also worked as an intern in Human Resources. Lauren has worked in HR under various industries to include Cable Communications, Technology, and Healthcare and has had a hand in recruitment, coaching and training, onboarding, employee events, benefits, policy, performance management, employee relations, etc. To continue her education Lauren completed her executive education at the University of Notre Dame. The 12-month program included certification classes to elevate skills in leadership and management. This is Lauren’s first time writing business articles and is eager to continue sharing the knowledge she has gained from her experiences.