There’s something irresistible about a new year, isn’t there? Even if you’re sceptical about new year’s resolutions, most of us can’t help feeling energised and eager to achieve – that very same feeling most of us experienced looking at the first page of an as yet unused exercise book back at school! Sadly, though, the optimism doesn’t always last long. So what can you do to carry your new year’s enthusiasm through into the coming months?
- Take care of the basics. It might not sound very exciting, but sorting out admin is key. Any ‘must dos’ left over from last year can really put a brake on your good intentions (who wants to face all those things we should have taken care of last year, when we could be getting on with more exciting tasks?) But making sure that all boxes have been ticked will lay a strong foundation for tackling your next challenges.
- Check in with your staff. It’s great that you’re feeling fired up – but what about your team? Are they prepped to give their best? Chat with them to find out what the mood is like, any challenges they’re anxious about, and what you can jointly do to make this a great year.
- Brush up on industry trends. At the beginning of the year, there is always a lot of information circulating about what we can expect over the next few months. It’s worth reading these reports to find out if you’re ready to deliver on customers’ expectations – if not, it’s important to do what you can to address those gaps.
- Set new goals. By now you know that if a goal is to inspire, it must be achievable – so remember not to create unrealistic objectives. At the same time, though, it’s important to have stretch challenges that keep you and your team motivated and spurred on by the energy that comes with success.