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Your action plan for the New Year

  • Blog
  • 05 January 2016

With 2016 just around the corner, it’s time to take stock of what’s been and start thinking about where you want to be by the time December 2016 rolls around (it will be sooner than you think!)

Your action plan for the New Year

Your year in review

Go through your diary, pile of papers, app, calendar, whatever you use to keep track of your day to day appointments and actions. Try and think back to that event. What went well? What could have gone better? What did you learn? What can you change? Reviewing your business year will help you formulate a plan for the next one.

Rough drafts

Scribble down your thoughts from the above. And use this to roughly sketch out your ideal year. What do your sales look like? Are you expanding, maybe hiring staff? Carving out a niche market in your chosen field or expanding into parallel business areas? What will you need to fulfil your plans? How can you streamline your processes? Imagine the very best and very worst case scenario, and plan for both.

It’s who you know

No matter what business you’re in, you need to make sure that you keep the people who matter to your business on side. Consider how you can build more of an audience, how you can strengthen your connections with customer and suppliers, how you can increase or improve your online presence, and how you can increase your sales.

Get organized

Organizers, Filofaxes, printables, apps, a plain old fashioned diary from that little stationary shop down the street. It doesn’t matter how you choose to keep track of things, just make sure you keep track. Having something with you at all times that you can scribble in, anything from appointment details to those elusive sitting in the back of a cab on the way to the station genius ideas will help you take care of more important things, like growing your business. Rather than waking up at 2 in the morning desperately trying to recall that genius idea I mentioned before. Do the groundwork now. Get rid of any administrative or menial back end tasks that you can do easily now so you don’t have to worry too much about it in the new year.

Stay the course

It’s pretty easy to be full of resolve to be more organised and keep on top of everything when it’s the first day of the new year. Anyone can do that, and everyone does. What will get you results is staying with it when all the sparkle of the shiny new year wears off and life inevitably gets in the way of your best laid plans.

Stay with it, though. Consult your notes, see how you’re doing compared to what you wanted to do, adjust accordingly. Scrap anything that no longer works in the cold light, or lack thereof, in February. But try your best to keep organised, stay focused and next year, this whole exercise will be a whole lot easier.