Are you preparing to hit the ground running for 2022?
Now is the time to start preparing for the new year and to take stock of where you currently are and where you want to be.
So how do you do that? Here are 10 things you can do to really start the year off well…
- Reflect on 2021 – take a moment to look back and see what worked, what didn’t, what made you happy and what you never want to do again! What life lessons have you learned? The good and the bad of the past year will really help you niche down and be clear on what you want from the current year, allowing you to focus your efforts to working more on what you love and doing less of what you don’t.
- Know your Mission, Vision and Values – Knowing what you want and what you value should be a high priority to nail down, but many businesses fail to clarify this key aspect of their business. Knowing your Mission, where you want to be and how you’ll get there will guide you in the right direction towards your goals. Knowing and working with your values will mean that your business always aligns with you, whereas working against them will make you uneasy, so make sure that your clients really align to you and how you want to work.
- Braindump your goals and tasks – Literally list out everything you want to do, everything you need to do, tasks you’ve been putting off, your financial goals, personal goals, etc., and get them out of your head and onto paper. This may take you some time, so think about it for at least a week until you know you have everything down.
- Organise them into a plan over the next 12 months – Don’t feel like you have to do everything at once, but break it down into quarters. Be realistic about what you can accomplish and how much time you and your team have available – it’s great to ask your team what they think on this too, involve them in your decision process so they can add their input and give you a true account of what is due.
- Don’t overload the first quarter – The biggest problem I find is that you will want to do EVERYTHING immediately and you will put everything into the first quarter. For instance, if you need an accountant and a bookkeeper to sort out your finances, think about getting the bookkeeper set up in the current quarter to keep you on track, but if your accounts are not due for another 6 months, then you can start researching that in the next quarter.
- Don’t worry about the details – Initially, this ‘Braindump’ is about getting it out of your head, it’s not about the details, that will come as you begin to nail down what you are working on next.
- Start to work on ‘fleshing out’ the first quarter – now you know what’s needed, it’s time to break things down. Look at each of the tasks and work out if it is urgent, date sensitive or a necessary task. Urgent things obviously need to go into the first month, anything date sensitive needs to be allocated accordingly and then break the rest down into the three months based on your needs.
- See if any tasks need breaking down further with some backward planning – larger tasks may need to be broken down into smaller chunks and may be handled by different members of the team. The best way to do this is to backward plan them. This means, take the task and, starting with your desired outcome, work backwards to find each step needed to get there. So looking at our bookkeeper example, your steps could be a) have a new bookkeeper preparing the books (desired outcome), b) onboard new bookkeeper, c) interview new bookkeeper and make a decision, d) advertise for a new bookkeeper or research recommendations. Obviously that is a very quick example and there are more steps than that, but hopefully you get the gist and from that, you and your team will have a checklist of what is needed.
- Have weekly team meetings to make sure you are on track – liaising with your team, making sure each phase of your plan is working for you is key. Knowing beforehand that there is a problem, you are short staffed for instance, will mean that you can amend your plans rather than having to put out fires when you can’t deliver. Your plans can adjust to suit.
- Celebrate the wins – You have a plan of action to work to with your team and you’re hitting the ground running for the start of 2022, you’ve got this! But don’t forget to celebrate the wins. No matter how much you plan, things will happen to side-track you, it’s the ups and downs of running a business, so no matter how small a goal you reach, take time to celebrate with your team that you’ve made that achievement and then the downs will just be an inconvenience and a lesson to learn from.
If you’re still struggling with how to set this out, please get in touch. I can help you plan your best year yet with the help of my Strategic Blueprint.
This is the first thing that I do with all my clients and it provides the biggest transformation to ease their frustrations! I can honestly say that this is one of the biggest things in helping my clients achieve their goals and transform their business. It’s all about creating Clarity and Direction to devise your Plan of Action that will move your business back into something that you love.
So let’s have a chat and see how I can help you…