New Year resolutions are out – but attainable goals that will help both you and your business are in.
That 2018 resolution you made has probably long-gone, now we’re nearing the beginning of February! Instead, why not focus on goals that are easily achievable, without putting too much pressure on yourself? In the long run, this will make you more relaxed, and your business will benefit too.
Goal 1: Get Started
Separate your short-term goals from your long-term goals; long-term goals usually range between three to five years. Focus on what you want to change right now, but be mindful of how quickly goals can change. Try to use the ‘S.M.A.R.T.’ rule when setting goals, being: Specific, Measurable, Action-oriented, Realistic and Time-specific.
Goal 2: Separate work life from personal life
Keeping work life and personal life separate is essential in business, if you’re going to minimize your stress levels. Set boundaries, for example by asking your clients to contact you during office hours only, so that when you’re home, you’re really at home.
Goal 3: Get out more
The benefits of some fresh air and daylight can’t be emphasized enough, especially in these winter months. Try and make this part of your natural daily routine; perhaps by having a short stroll at lunchtime. A quick break away from the office can do wonders and helps you to view work objectively.
Goal 4: Talk more
So many people can feel isolated and stressed, and being at work is no exception. Talk to your loved ones – a problem shared really is a problem halved. Thursday 1st February 2018 is ‘Time to Talk Day’ and a reminder for all of us to be more open about mental health. https://www.time-to-change.org.uk/
Goal 5: Just say no
Overloaded with work with less time for yourself – sound familiar? Work assertively and plan how you’ll say no this year; this could include setting specific amounts of time to tasks, and sticking to them! Communicate your working hours to clients to ensure boundaries are understood.
Goal 6: Ask for help
Remember the saying ‘You can’t be all things to all people’? It’s tempting to want to control everything, but impossible and a sure-fire way to stress overload. How can you achieve this? Make a list of what you can quickly delegate or outsource – perhaps include those seriously boring 10-minute tasks, which somone else can easily handle. Once you’ve got rid of those accumulated jobs, you’re then free to focus on on the bigger issues in your business, and do what you’re best at.
Goal 7: Market your business
Many business owners aren’t keen on the ‘sales’ side of the business, but having effective marketing is a must – although this can be extremely time-consuming. So where do you start? You could outsource to a freelance individual such as a Virtual Assistant who can do regular or ad-hoc marketing tasks as and when you need them.
Claire Sheppard, CS Admin Support
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