For the first couple years of business, despite having accomplished most of the goals on my list, I felt little change. I had improved in certain areas, re-evaluated techniques and become more efficient, however, each year felt similar to the previous one. You may think that incremental growth is the cornerstone of good business, and it is, but I still wasn’t where I wanted to be and it was going to take forever to get there. I also wasn’t really pleased with my life overall. I was not spending enough time doing the things that I loved. I was overworked, frustrated and wondering why I started a business in the first place.Read More
(Editor's note: Today's post was submitted by the talented and knowledgeable Jennifer Taylor of Taylor'd Events! Learn more about Jennifer at the end of the post!)
The end of wedding season is often met with an inbox full of items filed “I promise I’ll get to you after the last wedding,” a FitBit begging for a break from tracking all of your steps and the inevitable question: should I raise my prices for the coming year?
So I’m going to make it easy on you.
Introspection is a really important part of goal-setting. Well, about life in general, really - although I think sometimes spending too much time looking within keeps us from taking real action toward our goals. Still, what better time than December to reflect on our year so far? Asking ourselves the tough questions now - and getting real about our answers - can help us to hit the ground running for a fantastic 2016.
So, in continuing our theme for December, today's Friday Five post features five very important questions to ask yourself as you look back on your year, and look ahead to next year.
Hopefully you were able to read Jennifer’s earlier post “Kicking Off Your 2015 Reflection Session" and have spent some time answering the questions in her six specific areas of focus. From this information, you should have been able to compile some goals and changes for your business. Perhaps it’s just a jumble of phrases and suggestions jotted in a notebook or a long list of items to be accomplished in the coming year. Having a list is great but now how do you implement it? Sure, you can just reference the list periodically and check off the items that you accomplish (this is exactly what I did the first year) but where do you start and when will a specific task be most effective? How will you hold yourself accountable and what happens if your goals change mid-year? I will answer all these questions with a few suggestions I’ve compiled to help tame your list and get you headed in the right direction for 2016.Read More
Today's post is going up a little late, but I guess that's a perfect tie-in to the topic: planning! Planning our goals, our commitments, our schedules. We all have to do it, and there are (almost) literally a bazillion resources out there to help us do it better.
December is a perfect time to choose the tools we'll use for managing our time and moving toward our goals with intention in the New Year. We've touched on plenty of digital tools and tricks for time management on this blog before, so this post is going to cover another approach: paper-based planners!