As we all know, the holiday season brings mixed feelings of joy, excitement, stress and distraction. Some of us feel the motivation that comes along with a new year while others adopt a more laid-back demeanor towards the end of the year. It’s easy to get lost in the madness of the holidays and lose focus of work obligations with all of the festivities to prepare for. However, true entrepreneurship requires productivity and motivation, so here are some tips on how to keep the momentum going when all you want to do is stuff your face with pie and watch Elf (you know it’s true!):
Take time to reflect. As the year comes to a close, it’s a great time to apply the lessons you learned throughout 2013 to your plans for the New Year. How did you do this year compared to your goals? Were there things you wished you had accomplished? Can those things still add business value if pursued during the upcoming year? Take that list and figure out not only what goals you didn’t accomplish, but why you didn’t accomplish them and what you can do to succeed in 2014.
Set your New Year’s Resolutions. Everyone does this in their personal lives, but few actually stick with their resolutions throughout the year. Resolutions aren’t just for people who want to lose weight or spend more time with family; they’re for you, the entrepreneur, too! Whether it is to meet a financial goal or to expand your business to reach a new market, setting attainable goals is critical in the world of business. This could also include improving upon already existing strategies, like content marketing. Do your social channels need a refresher? Are you getting the online engagement with customers that you were hoping for? If not, it may be time to revamp your digital brand presence in the coming year.
Develop a 2014 game plan. The reasoning behind setting goals is to achieve a certain desired result, but goals don’t achieve themselves. Take this time to really delve into your goals and research exactly what needs to be done on your end to complete your goals. Lay the groundwork for the year ahead so you can successfully manage the process from beginning to end.
Focus your Attention Wisely. Everyone multitasks – it’s how we get so much done! But with so many distractions around the holidays, both personal and work, it is important to remain focused on the key tasks that need completion before heading out of office. Channel your holiday spirit by making a list and checking it twice to be sure you have given each project the attention it deserves!
Celebrate yourself! Congratulations to you! You have made it to 2014 with many things (we are sure) that you can be proud of! Positive reinforcement is necessary to instill positive energy moving forward. You must have confidence in your abilities in order to successfully run your own business. Take a break to keep your energy up, that way you can work more efficiently and accomplish as much as possible.
Happy Holidays from BizFilings!