Is ending the year strong part of your plan?
If you live in the United States, you are coming off of a long holiday weekend. You are probably filled with turkey and may have indulged in a little Black Friday shopping to give you a head start on your holiday preparations.
For many business owners, the month between Thanksgiving and New Years is a time to slow down and unwind after a long year. However, is this the right way to approach the end of the year? Are you leaving opportunities on the table?
What you need to do to keep the momentum moving forward, even during the last month of the year:
1. Set goals. It is never too late to set goals and priorities. In fact, setting goals for the last month of the year is one of the most important parts in ending your year strong. Decide on goals you want to accomplish each week to help you stay focused and moving forward.
2. Chunk out your time. With holiday parties, family get-togethers, shopping, decking the halls, and any other type of personal activity, it is easy to get distracted and too busy for work. Before the holiday celebrations begin, take time to schedule your weeks. Add in personal and business items to your schedule, so you know when you are doing each activity.
3. Call customers and leads. This is a great time of year to contact prospects and current and past customers. However, be sure that you do this task early enough so that the call doesn't get lost in the holiday shuffle. Contact them to say happy holidays and to schedule a lunch or coffee for the new year.
4. Stay consistent. Although it is easy to slack off right now, make a commitment to stay consistent. You worked hard this year to get where you are. Keep doing what you've done all year long and the consistency will pay off.
5. Show appreciation. Be sure that you show your appreciation this time of year for your clients, customers, staff and other businesses. Take the extra time to write a note or pick up the phone to share your thanks.
6. Plan your 2013. As the year winds down the opportunity for reflection and planning occurs naturally. Schedule time to look back over your year and determine what worked and what didn't. With this information, plan your 2013 and the changes that need to occur.
7. Celebrate. Don't forget about celebrating. Not only is this a time to celebrate with family and friends, it is also a time of year to celebrate with yourself. Acknowledge your hard work, success, and even failures. Each one of them helped you get to where you are right now.
Moving forward, even during the holidays, allows you to keep the momentum throughout the year. As you stay consistent, you will end this year strong and begin the new one with a jump start. Are you ready?
What helps you move forward during the holidays? Share your thoughts below and let's commit to ending the year strong together!