It’s no secret that we’re all ready to leave 2020 behind. 2020 has been good to a few, and least of all small business owners. So, in honor of New Year’s Eve, let’s take a look at some of the best New Year’s resolutions for business owners. Just as important, we’ll also look at some helpful tips for your employee’s new year’s goals.
If you need a little inspiration before launching into this article, take a peek at our recent blog covering inspiring individuals, quotes, and accomplishments. In this article, we’ll cover great new year’s goals for business owners and employees. Then, we’ll go over tips for accomplishing these goals.
New Year’s Resolutions For Business Owners
Many new year’s resolutions revolve around personal, health, or monetary goals. There are, however, plenty of new year’s resolutions that can help business owners as well. With the difficulties of this year, it may seem silly to think about goal setting. As a business owner, you may feel like you barely survived through 2020. You may still be in survival mode and just keeping your head above water.
However, as we covered around Thanksgiving and the attitude of gratitude, there are different things you can do to train your mind to think more positively. Positive thinking is also good for your overall health. Thinking of the future and setting goals you’re excited about is one way to stay positive. Aiming for goals helps you stay motivated and distracted. Accomplishing any of your set goals is great for providing that endorphin-boosting positivity. No matter how beat up you are when you cross that finish line, you still crossed it! In short, setting goals keeps you positive.
Now that we’ve covered why resolutions are good to look forward to even during the hard times, let’s start with some resolutions for businesses. We’ll look at a very important new year’s resolution for businesses during this time in the pandemic: giving back to your community.
1. Give Back to Your Community
This is something Journey is passionate about and we aimed to do exactly this with our #JourneyTogether campaign to support local communities during the pandemic. We just mentioned how to stay positive during difficult times like this, and giving back is another thing that helps. Studies have shown that when you feel a sense of fulfillment, you stay happier and more positive.
In short, giving back is good for your soul! Aside from this, there’s the giving back itself. Your community benefits enormously when we all pitch in to help. If we all contribute, hopefully, we can ease a little of the stress caused by this pandemic.
2. Start Planning
If you don’t already have a weekly planning meeting, start next week! This is crucial if you want to follow through with all of your goals, including the new year’s resolutions for your business. It’s smart to have both a written and electronic form of planning. A good method to use is a personal day planner for yourself, and an electronic platform for your business’s goals. This way, it’ll be easier to share your goals and progress with your team members.
There are many different platforms you can use for this type of team planning, so do your research before picking one. Find one that you think not only suits all of your needs, but will also get your team excited about using the platform.
3. Join A Business Organization(s)
Networking has always been an important part of running your business, but it’s especially important now with so many people staying indoors. Small businesses are relying on each other more than ever, so make sure you’re a part of that community. You can also create some great partnerships that can help your business or develop a mentorship.
4. Make Time For Yourself
Employers and business owners wear many hats, which also means it’s important to make time for yourself. 2020 has been a very stressful year and that’s not going to magically change just because the year number changes. While you can accept times are hard, you can better handle them by making time for yourself and ensuring a better work-life balance.
So rather than worry about things outside of your control, make time for yourself in your planning. This will help keep your stress at bay, but will also be beneficial for your business. It goes without saying that your business deserves you at your best, and when you’re too stressed out, you’re not firing on all cylinders.
Now that we’ve talked about the new year’s resolutions for businesses specifically, let’s look at some great goals for employees.
New Year’s Resolutions For Employees
Setting resolutions with employees is a fun way to keep everyone motivated and engaged during a stressful time. Celebrate work-related resolutions that employees are comfortable with sharing and excited about. You could take it a step further and have a workplace New Year’s Resolution board.
In the infographic at the bottom of this post, we summarize a few easy new year’s goals that can benefit employees. There are a few great resolutions for employees, but among the top are being more productive or getting a promotion. You could say that these go hand-in-hand, so let’s start with fostering productivity.
1. Be More Productive
This is a common personal and business goal. Some of the main things you can do involve removing distractions. For starters, put your phone in a drawer, coat pocket, or purse – just out of sight. When you can see notifications pop up, it’s easier to think, ‘I’ll just see what they have to say’ and lose time throughout the day.
If you’re one of the many employees working from home, you should remove any distractions from your workspace. For example, don’t work in an area with distractions available like people watching, TVs, high-traffic areas, etc. While it may seem silly, the bedroom may be the best place for productivity. You’ll have the least amount of distractions and traffic here. Create a space that separates your work and personal life, even if you have to sit on the bed.
2. Step Out Of Your Comfort Zone
We all get comfortable in a routine, especially at work. It’s important to step outside of your professional comfort zone to see what you can accomplish. Brush up on a new professional skill that you’ve been interested in. This will help you feel more comfortable stepping out and offering to help in projects you would’ve been intimidated by before.
Remember, there’s a lot of stuff you can learn online just by searching (for free too) – use this to your full advantage!
3. Find a Hobby
Work-life balance is important. So although this is a list for employees, employees still benefit from a balanced life! This year, it’s more important than ever to stay distracted and keep the blues away.
Try to find a new hobby or expand upon your existing hobbies. If you play the guitar, learn how to play a similar instrument like the ukulele. If you garden, expand upon your garden and grow something more challenging you’ll have to learn about.
Tips for Accomplishing Your Resolutions
It’s one thing to say you’ll change something or develop a new habit, but it’s quite another to actually do it. Now, we’ll cover some tips for how to stick to your goals and accomplish those new year’s resolutions for businesses.
Make Detailed Goals and Checkmarks
We’ll start by looking at how you’re setting your resolutions and goals. This tip applies to both new year’s resolutions for businesses and employees. If you’re too broad, it’s difficult to know how you’re doing in terms of progress. You’ll need mile markers and smaller goals to hit within your broader resolution.
For example, if one of your business resolutions is to “get more clients,” break this goal down into how many clients each week, month, etc. You’ll also need to set goals for how many networking events you’ll go to, connections you make, and other ways you intend to meet these goals.
Don’t Go Too Big
One mistake people make with their resolutions is going too big and setting unachievable goals. This is especially true if you are new to goal setting. This doesn’t just apply to new year’s resolutions for businesses, but for any personal goals as well. You have to set a goal that’s achievable with the time and resources available. If you’re always shooting too high, you’ll always feel discouraged about your progress. This brings us to our next tip – tracking.
Keep Track Of Your Progress
If you’re not tracking your progress, you won’t know how well you’re sticking to your goals. Depending on the size of your goal, you may dedicate a section of your planner or an entire planner to your new goal. For example, if your new year’s resolution is “getting in shape,” you might need an entire fitness journal depending on the extent of your new health venture.
Ready – Start Setting!
Now that we’ve completely covered the best resolutions you can set and tips for achieving them, it’s time to pick the resolutions for your business. Remember to encourage employee’s goals and resolutions as well for an overall more positive workplace. Together, we can start 2021 off better and make our own light at the end of the tunnel!