By Paul Winans
A new year is just around the corner. What are you going to do with it? I suggest you look at it this way:
Start by Getting Personal
What do you want to do this year? What do you want to accomplish personally? What do you want to do with and/or for your family? How much money and time will you need to make these things happen?
The clearer you get about all this the more likely it is to happen. Write it down. Putting dates next to each item also helps take this from the theoretical to the real. Get as much into your schedule as you can.
Fit Your Business Goals Around Your Personal Ones
How much time are you willing to give your business? How many hours a week? How many weeks do you want to not be working?
Fit your work life around the scheduled items from your personal list. You will be more effective working less if you have a rich, active life outside of your business.
What do you want to be doing in your business? What don’t you want to do? How can the business bring on the needed employee(s) to reduce your workload?
What amount of income does your personal plan require? How can your business provide that?
Owning a business comes with a lot of burdens and responsibilities. Don’t forget that you are the owner, not a slave. Make your business work for you instead of you simply working for the business.
Update Your Business Plan
Take all that you have written and use it to update your business plan. This exercise does not need to take a long time. Remember to schedule the time to work on the plan and then schedule other activities/tasks around those times.
It is best done sooner than later. Going into the New Year with a clear sense of goals and purpose will help you become more and more successful.
After all, your life is the biggest project you will ever work on. Yes, it will always be a work-in-progess. That is fine.
Notice want you accomplish, what you get done. Give yourself a pat on the back once in a while.
By doing what I am suggesting, you will inspire those you live with and those you work with, while achieving more than you would just bopping along. What a great thing to do this year!