Are you suffering from Christmas craziness or festive fever? It’s that time of the year again, and we’re all frantically busy! Perhaps you are trying to finish off projects with tight Christmas deadlines looming; or you could be in the midst of your busiest sales period of the year. Although you may feel you have no headspace to do so, it’s also the perfect time to look back at what you’ve done well over the year, and what might need to be improved upon in 2018. So, I thought I would take this opportunity to do a quick end of year review with you; consider it an annual business stock take.
So, here are three simple questions to help with your annual business stock take:
- What have been your greatest lessons learned in 2017?
- Are there things you don’t want a repeat of in 2018?
- What are the jobs (or, who are the people?) you have been avoiding in 2017?
Then set three simple tasks for yourself:
- Write a list of the people you need to connect with (every month); this could be new clients, existing clients, colleagues, staff or industry influencers.
- Write a list of new learning opportunities that you want to experience in 2018. Ask yourself whether there are courses (formal or otherwise), mentoring or other forms of support that would be of real benefit to you (or your business) in 2018.
- Consider your stretch goals for 2018. Perhaps you have a desire to expand your offerings or hire a staff member. Perhaps you’d like to foster the next generation of talent by opening up work experience or internship opportunities. I’d bet almost everybody reading this would like increased sales. You may even wish to exit your business, in which case you may need help setting things up to enable you to do that. If you are an employee (rather than a business owner) consider what changes you’d like to see to your rates of pay or working conditions.
This is a perfect time of year to determine what action you will take to improve in your business and professional life. I urge you not to let another year roll around and find yourself in exactly the same place.
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