Now that we’re past the madness of the New Year holidays, it’s time to really focus on your business Here are six ways to help you recharge your business this year.
1. Get your priorities in line: Time management is a year-round challenge for business owners, but schedules get even tighter as the year goes by. That’s why it’s more important than ever to know your priorities. Set a stopwatch for 20 minutes and write down everything that needs to get done. Then, give yourself another 10 minutes to assess which of those tasks are the most important to yourself, your business and your family. Keep that list in mind as you start each day — and make sure all your activities are centered around those core priorities.
2. Ditch the New Year’s resolutions: A FranklinCovey survey found that 80% of people who make New Year’s resolutions will break them. And a third never make it to the end of January, let alone March. If you’re one of the many people who have left a string of resolutions behind, it’s time for a new approach.
Rather than berating yourself if you’ve already forgotten your resolutions for 2013, use this time to reflect on your business and market. What were some of the best things that your business accomplished this year? What were some of the biggest mistakes? Don’t rush to begin planning the future until you’ve celebrated your wins and acknowledged your mistakes.
3. Evaluate your year as a business leader: In addition to reflecting on your business, this is a good time to reflect on yourself. After all, as an entrepreneur, you don’t exactly get a yearly performance review. Being as objective as possible, write down your strongest characteristics as a leader — and your weakest. Then, think about how each of these characteristics impacted your business, team members and partners during the year. This type of objective self-assessment can help you pinpoint areas to improve in 2013.
4. Build important connections: As a good entrepreneur, you’re looking out for interesting opportunities around every corner. Make some time to take advantage of these networking events and meet new people. Sometimes a simple party is the key to a great new client, collaboration or partnership that will pay dividends this new year.
5. Show the love: During hectic times, it’s all too easy to become inwardly focused — where you’re thinking more about crossing things off your list than what (or who) really matters. Think about the professional relationships that matter to you.
Think about the most important people you’ve worked with throughout the year — whether it’s a devoted assistant or a colleague who keeps introducing you to great contacts. Then, let them know just how much you appreciate them.
6. Unplug and recharge your batteries: No matter how busy your schedule gets, every entrepreneur should take some much-needed time away from the office and digital devices. Downtime is the only real way to hit the reset button, both personally and professionally. And it will open the door to fresh perspectives and new inspiration.
Editor’s note: This was originally written by Nellie Akalp and published on Mashable and American Express OPEN.