Before you know it, the whirl of holiday shopping, gingerbread lattes and ugly Christmas sweaters will lead into the New Year’s countdown and the ball dropping.
I’m wishing you warm snuggles by the fire, golden champagne and the best kiss of your life at midnight. What a way to bring in the New Year, amiright?
And, then comes the first day of the New Year.
The air is crisper and everybody has an extra pep in their step, because you get a clean slate. Time for goal setting, list making, new planners.
You tell yourself that it’s going to be different this year. You’re not going to sleepwalk through the year, wondering what the heck happened when December creeps up on you.
If you really want to feel proud of what you accomplished when you sit down with your chai tea latte to review 2016, you’ve got to start now with a solid plan.
It’s needs to be doable but exciting in that way that you don’t know if it’s actually possible because you’re pushing yourself out of your comfort zone.
The difference between going through the motions and getting things done is intention. You can do so much if you start with a clear intention.
These five questions will help you figure out what changes you should make in the next year and what you should focus on.
1. If you only reach ONE big goal by the end of 2016, what would you want it to be?
This gives you a clear indication of how you should spend your time. Huge to-do lists never get accomplished. Instead, figure out what you really want and focus on it. Make sure you put one task that will get you closer to that goal on every daily to-do list and by the end of the year, you’ll be able to cross that goal off your bucket list.
2. What tasks do you want to stop doing by the end of 2016?
To grow your business, you’ve got to delegate. Hiring team members will not only increase your happiness (because you get to focus your work time on stuff you love) but it’ll help you get more done and make more money.
You may not be able to hire an entire team by the end of next year, but if you really want it, you could hire at least one person. Would you want that person to clean your house? Do all of your accounting? Reply to your emails and schedule social media updates?
3. What would you change about how you spent your time in 2015?
The greatest asset you have as an entrepreneur is time. We all get the same amount—24 hours. And, we can all fall into the rabbit hole of making poor choices when it comes to how we spend our time.
Look back on this past year. If you could do it all over again, what would you change?
If I got a do over, I’d start each day by writing. I know that I do my best writing in the morning, but this year, most days I didn’t write until the afternoon. I should’ve blocked out at least an hour at the beginning of the every day and that’s how I’m starting 2016. I guarantee it’ll help me be more prolific and improve my writing.
4. What would you like to invest in next year? How will it help your business?
We’ve all heard the saying that you’ve got to spend money to make money.
Starting an online business is usually inexpensive, but if you want to grow, you’ve got to invest in yourself and your business. Getting your website professionally designed makes a difference. Investing in the best materials for your products makes a difference. Finally buying that new camera makes a difference.
When you invest in your business, you take it more seriously and so do your customers. You can increase your prices and spend less time on marketing.
5. What’s the dream?
You’ve got to know what you’re really working towards if you want to build your business intentionally. Otherwise, you could wind up creating something that you resent or dislike.
Each business decision you make needs to come from a place of intention. That’s how you build the dream. So, what’s your dream?
What does your dream day entail? What’s your dream vacation, workspace, team? How much money do you want to make?
You might not achieve the dream by the end of next year, but you can take lots of steps in that direction.
I hope these five questions help you jumpstart intentional planning for 2016.
And, here’s where you can download your free worksheet to get started.
I’d love to know the answer to one of these questions. You pick the question and leave your answer in the comments below. Let’s cheer each other on!