I honestly believe that one of the most productive things you can do for yourself and your business over the holidays is to actually give yourself a break.
Just as you need regular breaks throughout the day and ideally a longer 30-60 minute lunch break, you need short, regular breaks and at least one longer one over the course of the year.
I’m serious. Don’t trick yourself into thinking that a quick “lunch-at-your-desk”-type summer holiday will leave you feeling refreshed and invigorated going into the new year.
When you take a decent break, you will suddenly find the time to evaluate the “bigger picture” without being caught up in the constant ‘running’ of the business. You won’t have the ever-emerging day-to-day immediacies, or the always-impending deadlines bogging you down.
This is the perfect time to take a step back and focus on your goals and dreams for your business, and your life. (For best impact, pair your reflection time with a windless, 28° day at the beach and your beverage of choice).
To get you started, here are some things to consider:
- What inspired you to start your business to begin with? What was your main purpose when you first got going?
All it takes is getting back that initial feeling to get a newfound energy for the year ahead. Maybe you strayed off track in some areas, and want to realign. Perhaps you realised your journey has deviated, but you like the new direction better. Write down a list of your thoughts and ideas to get you going. If you’re a visual person, reinvigorate your business dream by drawing up a mind map.
- Plan out a timeline
Draw out a timeline with 2, 5, and 10 year stages. Plot out milestones you hope to achieve in the future, and set deadlines for each of your goals. A timeline is good because it helps you visualise where your goals sit in relation to one another, and can provide insight into realistic time frames and priorities.
- What’s going to to get you there?
Brainstorm some tasks you may need to achieve in order to reach each goal. Knowing what needs to be done will help you develop your strategy and action plan for the year to come.
It’s important to do this while you’re away from the daily grind. As soon as you fall back into ‘work mode’ it’s much harder to justify setting aside time for goal setting and other “big picture stuff”.
Need help getting on track in the new year?
For businesses who are looking for some direction on how to grow, the first step is catching up with us for a no obligation 90-minute business discovery session. This session will highlight some of the aspects of a business that might need some attention.