welcome 2016 – a new year for your business!
I’m so excited to start another year as an Origami Owl designer and team mentor for Team Lovely Lockets! A new year means a chance to start fresh, re-evaluate your business, set goals, and put a new plan into place. Are you ready for the new year? Do you know how you want your business in 2016 to develop? There’s a few important steps that I take to ensure I am starting the year off successfully. Check out my “new year” suggestions!
First, I think it’s important to evaluate the prior year.
- How was your business in 2015?
- Did you meet the goals you had set for your business?
- What actions “worked” for your business?
- What actions didn’t “work” for your business?
I suggest making a list of good, beneficial actions and routines and a list of things that didn’t work out the way you had planned or didn’t produce the results you wanted. Keep this list handy so as you are planning for this year, you will have a nice reminder of where to focus your time and energy and what items you should skip over or change.
Now that you have an idea of how the previous year panned out you can start to plan out your expectations and goals for 2016. I use a simple goal sheet for the year as a whole and then break the year down into monthly goals. You can record your goals any way you’d like, but be sure that you are writing them down and that they are specific enough so you are able to track your progress. I’ve attached the January monthly sheet and yearly sheet that I use for you to check out! (I think it’s important to have some personal goals in addition to your business goals….think fitness, family, faith, travel, finances, education, etc)
A brand new year also means you get to plan out your systems and organization for the new year. This is probably one of my favorite parts of a starting a new year with my business! I take the first week of the year to update my day planner, all my log books (mileage log, training log, team member directory, blog workbook, recognition log, etc) and make sure they all have fresh worksheets available, update any existing worksheets as needed, and remove last year’s data to storage.
I’ll share more about each individual book that I keep in the coming weeks, but for today I wanted to share with you my 2016 mileage log. I know mileage is one of the easiest yet most forgotten business expenses each year so I keep a physical log book in my car to remind me to jot down any business specific trips that I make. You can also use apps like MileIQ or Track My Drive on your smartphone to track your mileage. (I use MileIQ as a backup to my physical log.)
The last part of my “new year routine” is to start my business on January 1st as if it’s a brand new business. What does that mean exactly? I get out my ALICE list, contact book, calendar and get back to the basics of customer contact, follow-up, booking, and being intentional about how I spend my time each day. Use the Consistency Calendar to help you with daily tasks and to ensure you are practicing the 3 Vital Behaviors each and every day!
I hope my new year routine is helpful to you and your business this year. If you have any questions on anything please reach out to me! I’d be happy to help you get organized and prepared for an amazing year with your business!