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As the holiday season approaches and another year draws to a close, it can cause some crazy feelings about finalizing projects. On the other hand, it may offer an opportunity to reflect on how much we’ve progressed since January.
Most of us fall somewhere between the two, and it can be easy to lose focus as December 31 approaches. However, this holiday season, take time to do a few things that will set you up well for the year ahead, give you space to reflect on what you’ve already accomplished, and set you up for Prepare in 2023.
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1. Write down three goals you want to achieve
Whether you have monthly or ongoing seasonal goals, it’s wise to set three larger goals that you want to achieve in the new year. Consider whether you want to switch paths in January or build on what you’ve already created. Start big. Then, create a strategy with individual milestones to get you where you want to be.
In business, most goals are related to revenue, but as you plan for the future, consider alternative perspectives. What kind of customer or service growth do you want to achieve? Do you want to attract a different type of audience? Want to add a new skill or certification to your resume? Maybe the goal is to speak at an event or become an influencer in your industry. Whatever you want to achieve, attach your motivational “why” to each goal and map out concrete steps to make it easier to visualize.
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2. Busy your schedule
Adding new goals and plans to 2023 means you have to make room by decluttering your current schedule. The end of the year is a great time to review your current meetings and commitments and assess where you can eliminate or eliminate them. Every entrepreneur knows that time is a precious commodity, so to avoid burnout, make sure your calendar is filled with things that will help you grow.
Simple changes might be changing a weekly meeting to twice a month or cutting regularly scheduled hourly meetings in half. Take a look at all the organizations – both online and in-person – that may take time with little or no return on investment. Also, consider areas that limit your productivity. Social media is always a common distraction. However, for many, maintaining an online presence is essential. To keep it as a useful tool (rather than a place for mindless scrolling), schedule specific times to post and check your channels. Then, take a break from social media for the rest of the day.
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3. Review your budget
As with clutter in your schedule, take a look at your budget and consider what can be eliminated. Are there apps or tools you no longer use? Have you been putting off canceling free trials of apps or subscriptions that could be better invested elsewhere or budgeted differently?
In addition, automatic payments make us forget where we spend our money. Check all automatic business payments and see if they can be disabled. Also consider other business expenses such as online courses, training or networking events, and client meetings. Where do you get the most value? Weigh each one individually to determine if all the resources you currently use are still as useful as they were. If not, get rid of them and know that they will always be there if you need them again.
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4. Make a list of all the things you are grateful for
Gratitude is a silent and free booster for success. Plus, it’s easy to get. While you’re waiting for your morning coffee to brew or before answering emails, write down three things you’re grateful for. Take extra time to reflect and expand your list during the holiday season. Creating a daily habit of gratitude isn’t just about making you warm and fuzzy. It can help you focus, increase efficiency, and create an abundance mindset.
Numerous studies show the positive effects of gratitude on the brain. It changes the structure of the brain and can help us feel more engaged and grateful, leading to greater productivity, optimism and better mental health. Consider the benefits of what starting your day with gratitude can do for your outlook, especially compared to the frenzy we usually encounter first thing in the morning.
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5. Take time for yourself
Over the years there has been a cultural shift from a busy mindset to a self-care mindset. However, for entrepreneurs, sometimes slowing down is not so easy. Often there is no one to delegate work to, which means there is a difficult balance to maintain a consistent workload. However, it is always necessary to take time for yourself. For some it can seem overwhelming, so you need to be intentional about how you use your time. Put it on the calendar. Make it a priority.
Good physical and mental health are two things that can easily be taken for granted until they begin to fail us. When you make time for yourself, these areas should be at the top of the list. Plan it, whether it’s a workout at the gym, a walk around the block, or a few minutes to stretch and meditate.
Putting it last on the list means it’s unlikely to happen and burnout may be just around the corner. Add playtime and fun to your weekly schedule. Essentially, time for yourself, planning or relaxing, should be part of your daily to-do list, and what better time to start than on vacation?