As 2017 draws to a close, it’s a great opportunity to reflect over the last 12 months. Most of us do that naturally as far as our personal lives are concerned, but the same should be done for all aspects of business and professional lives.
At People Matters HR, we’ve been thinking about some resolutions that could really help propel ourselves, and our clients, in to a positive start for 2018.
# 1 – Learn how to delegate
Whether you’re running a large company, or a small business, it can be easy to feel like you have to do everything. That feeling of “there’s so much to do, and so little time to do it” can be overwhelming, but the reality is, it doesn’t need to be.
You do not have to do everything, and really accepting that as part of your New Year plan, can mean that 2018 will be more productive for you. Delegation is the key to a healthier work-life balance, and can also ensure that key members of your team are given the opportunity to shine and develop their own skills.
Go on, give it a go.
#2 – Promote your business
When you’re busy, and business is going well, it can be really tempting to let promotion take a back seat, after all, what you’ve done before has clearly worked. However, it’s the sort of thing you need to do consistently to ensure you don’t run out of work – never take what you’ve already got for granted, things can change so quickly.
Whether you hire a marketing expert, work with someone in house, or do it all on your own (you really need to work on that delegation, don’t you?) take the time between Christmas and New Year to sort out your marketing plan for 2018. What sort of customers do you want to attract, what services or products are you looking to push, what hot topics and events can you make the most of as part of your campaign?
#3 – Plan regularly
Planning is vital when it comes to growing a healthy business, but so often people write a plan and then leave it in a drawer, never to be looked at again. That is, if they even bother writing one in the first place.
Regular planning ensures you’re spending time thinking about your business, and working on it, rather than just in it. Try to make time each month, or every week to sit and think about your business, your strategy and the targets you’re trying to reach.
#4 – Challenge yourself
Why not challenge yourself to learn something new over the next 12 months? It might be something to do with your business (perhaps you want to find out more about LinkedIn and how to use it to market, or finally get to grips with Excel), or you might want to focus on something in your personal life (you’ve always wanted to learn another language, right?).
Learning something new will give you a new interest, give you renewed focus, and help create a sense of achievement. I know, you’re worried you won’t be able to find the time, but you’re going to do more delegation, so that’s easy!
#5 – Join a new organisation or business group
Talking to other business owners and professionals, regardless of their background or industry, is a great way to spark new interests and discussions. It’s also a fantastic way to meet new people, gain leads, develop relationships and hopefully generate more business.
If you’re not in to networking, or have never tried it before, why not take the new year as a perfect opportunity to give it a go?
What resolutions are you planning to make in your professional life for 2018?