2012 just came to an end, and the New Year brings the same old question – What is your New Year’s resolution? Let me guess… lose weight? Well have you joined a gym yet? Have you thrown out all your left over holiday cookies and cake? Good news: Don’t!
I am a health nut, so I will be the first to tell you how important it is to take care of your body. BUT weight isn’t the only factor to your health. If you ask me, I’d rather lose a few levels of stress than lose a few pounds! So let’s give ourselves a break this year, take the pressure off our guts and put our energy to good use. Now is the perfect time to reflect on your business’s progress over the past year and plan how you want it to develop. Of course we all want to increase our success, but what about the chance to enjoy the success you’ve achieved a little more? Here are some resolutions that may help create a more healthy work-life balance and ultimately lead to a more satisfying 2013:
- Delegate. With so many important things to do at work, it is easy to convince yourself that you need to do them all. Then you wonder why you are so exhausted at the end of the day. Delegating does not make you lazy; it does not make you demanding. What it does is give you the freedom to pass along some tasks and free your mind and schedule.
- Plan and promote your business regularly. If you want to attract new customers, you have to make promotion a priority. Take the time to create a marketing plan, set new directions and adjust old goals. A strict plan that consistently endorses your business will keep you focused and relieve stress.
- Learn something new. Anything, really! Ideally, it should correlate to your business; but no matter what, learning something new will always add to your skill set. Even if it doesn’t directly relate to your business, it will add a new dimension of interest to your life and give you the chance to meet new people. New people can potentially turn into clients!
- Network. Whether it’s a business organization tailored to your type of business, a community event or even over the web, making an effort to talk to people will revitalize you and your business. It gives you a chance to make contact, discuss new ideas and refine old ones.
- Recharge yourself. This is the best resolution, as you get to plan time to do absolutely nothing! It is important to take the time to recharge and refresh yourself. Otherwise, all work and no play will lead to a mental or even physical disaster. If you feel guilty about taking time off, think of it this way: if you won’t invest in yourself, why should others?
No matter what you decide to focus on in 2013, just remember to set realistic goals. If you make an impractical New Year’s resolution, you are only setting yourself up for failure, frustration and disappointment. Each of these five goals are very reasonable and can be achieved. Start with number one and you will be amazed with how much more time delegating will give you!
Here’s to wishing you a happy, healthy work year! We’ll hit the weights next year!
- Kate Vasvatekis