How To Plan For a Better New Year
How To Plan For a Better New YearHow To Plan For a Better New Year

How To Plan For a Better New Year

The New Year offers a great opportunity to clear the slate, make a fresh start and set new goals for yourself. Here are eight ways to plan for a great year ahead.

1. Take a break.

After the hectic holidays, allow yourself a breather. Take a break from the norm and take a couple of days off to catch up on your sleep, take a day trip, or go to lunch with a friend. A change of pace will help you de-stress and gain a fresh perspective.

2. Tidy up.

Clear out and spruce up your working space. The New Year is also be a good time to purchase new office furniture or accessories. Pack away last year’s files and make space for new ones. Clean out your email inbox and electronic files. Organize end-of-year records. Dust, vacuum and decorate in order to get those productive juices flowing.

3. Make a vision board.

Use this quiet time to reflect on the year past and plan for 2017. Pick one or two big things you’d like to accomplish and create a vision board. A vision board serves as a tangible representation of where you are going. In other words, it represents your dreams, goals and your ideal life. Set your goals for each month, quarter and the year, and lay out weekly and monthly action steps that will help you reach them.

4. Exercise.

Maybe you ate too much during the holidays. Just about everyone does. Get back in a healthy routing by eating well and exercising regularly. Set specific times during the week to take walks or go to an exercise class. Make an appointment with yourself and put it in your calendar. Use your exercise time to calm the mind, listen to music, TED talks or podcasts, or socialize with new friends.

5. Get organized.

To boost productivity and reduce stress, determine which tasks and duties are priority and which are not. Learn to delegate the less important tasks to others so you can concentrate on running the business. Hire talent or outsource work to freelancers. You can find the help you need by using sources such as Upwork or Fiverr.

6. Get out from behind your computer.

Technology is a great way to network and hold virtual meetings, but try scheduling face-to-face meetings with clients and colleagues whenever possible. Relationships can form and more deals are likely to happen if you can meet someone in person.

7. Commit to a work-life balance.

Don’t let work consume your life. This year, set a work-life plan that will enable you to nurture relationships and interests outside of work as well as take care of business. A mastermind group or an accountability partner will help you stick to these resolutions.

8. Set a theme

Instead of making a New Year’s resolution, come up with a theme instead. The theme should be a word that resonates with you and embodies something that has been missing from your daily life. Write this word down and keep it on your desk and look at it every day. Here are some examples: mindfulness.

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