With 2016 coming to a close people are preparing now to celebrate the holidays with family and friends, go on vacation or out celebrating and break new years resolutions 30 minutes into the new year. For businesses this is around the time where cash flow statements are analyzed, making sure that the companies inventory is taken care of and evaluating their performance over the past year. Although you should take a break from the hard work you’ve put in all year it would be a very good idea to consider how to improve yourself and prepare your business for the upcoming new year. By taking the right steps and plans late into 2016 you could increase your chances of success in 2017 and here are some of the ways you can accomplish this.
Maintain Your Online Presence Relevant
It is typical for things to slack at the end of the year most notably your online presence. You start to go through your social media platforms less and your businesses web presence starts to wane off. To avoid this during the last weeks of the year take the time to up date anything that needs to be changed on any of your social media platforms. You can add more useful content, blogs or a seasons greetings thank you message to your followers. Wishing everyone a happy holiday shows that you have kept them in mind and keeping them engaged with you would probably increase the prospects of having your website or social media accounts searched more.
Check How’re Business Been Doing
This is the time for you to assess how well your business has been doing financially speaking and find out what’s been working and what hasn’t been working in tour business so you could make some more changes. This can be done by analyzing what has turned a profit so you can get rid of what hasn’t and at the same time do the same with your employees meaning check what leadership or marketing strategies has worked and resolve the issues your team has with anything regarding how’re your business has been run. Shifting to your external focus always be vigilant on what your competition is doing to check whether your gaining ground or not and when you have you could now implement company goals short/long term alike and try to see if they could compliment your businesses main objectives. A technique to check this is through SMART an acronym for specific, measurable, action-oriented, realistic and trackable to see if each goal meets those criteria.
Rearrange Your Work Environment
A fresh start is the best way to start any new year and cleaning up your office or whatever working environment you’re in can help give that sense that you’re starting new. Clean up anything that has been left over like useless papers, work supplies or anything else that has kept your business working environment cluttered. While you’re at it the same can go for your computer particularly your email which could get flooded with spam mail and other messages. Speaking experience cleaning up my inbox was a very tedious task so getting it out of the way means you wouldn’t start the new year with a chore and on the same token back-up any files that are important to your hard drive.
Commit To Yourself
This is where you develop yourself as you don’t have to deal with the the noise from work and your personal life. So what is the best thing way for you to develop yourself is to do it on your own time and pace. Set up personal goals for the year that you want to accomplish next year and write down a plan on how you’re going to do it. Do some soul searching and find new things you’d want to learn like a new skill or hobby or even a another degree that could enhance your skill set. Make space to pursue those goals you for the following year if you can. Treading along the same path as committing to yourself is self-care which is important as many people make promises in the new years that they can’t realistic fulfill because of lack of will. Self care is a daily endeavor and only works when you implement small changes like eating right, exercising, having a strong healthy relationship and sleeping more are some examples of routine self-care behaviors. Commit to them especially in periods of high stress so that your mind is cleared.
Commit to Your Team
Your team is your most important asset as they have worked just as hard as you and been through the trial s and tribulations of the company/organization so before the year is over it is best you show how much you’ve appreciated their efforts. According to a survey by Glassdoor many people feel being appreciated as an important part of maintaining a workforce with high morale. Off course you should thank them every now and then but the end of the year is the perfect time to give credit and reward to the efforts they’ve put in all year either through a party, a company expense night out or other fun activities. Give time to show your appreciation so that they come back highly motivated and in good spirits.
This break take time to reflect on everything that has happen over the year. Think to yourself what do you want to change or accomplish and how you’re going to do it. New year means a new beginning but it also means new stressful situations that are expected to come and finding out how to deal with them. Make sure you keep a level head and work on self improvement and the that of your organization as well. Take the time needed to work and rest because your personal well being is just as important as your business’s and it’s employees so take the time to do well by them both . Here’s to a new year and a new you.