Let’s step into 2021 with excitement. A new year and new opportunities to grow your business. Last year threw us all off in one way or another. If you are ready to get your business back on track and better than ever this blog can prepare you for the new year.
Before we dive into moving forward, it’s important to take time to reflect. Ask yourself how things went last year and take notes. Be specific, what worked and what didn’t? Then write down your goals based on your reflections. Put your goals up somewhere you will see them every day. The bathroom mirror, or a sticky note on your desk. Wherever it is, make it visible. Goals are met when we continually work towards them so reminders are good.
While you’re working on making goals for the new year here are a few you will want to add to your list.
We all know that good customer relations increase sales and make your business better overall, but how can you improve it? Great customer relations start with Emotional Intelligence. The easiest way to improve your emotional intelligence is to work on your self-awareness. Having high self-awareness increases your ability to perceive how others are feeling. Emotional and social skills are four times more important in your professional life than intelligence.
This one can be tricky. You think you have good time management and yet, there isn’t enough time in the day to do everything that needs done. Improving time management is a process. Start by tracking how long it takes you to do each task at work. After a week or two of tracking, you will have a good idea of what time you need for each task and where you can trim down on time. Put your most important tasks at the beginning of the day and then fill in the rest. If you have a call that ended 5 minutes early, insert a quick task like responding to an email. Be willing to re-organize your tasks if your day’s plan isn’t going so well.
Knowing who you are and what your capable of is important but that doesn’t mean we can’t grow and learn. So, you are good at putting wardrobe capsules together but not so great at marketing. You can always outsource for help, but what about learning how? Even a little at a time will benefit your business overall. Read a few blogs on the subject in your spare time. Ask Promote Creatively for advice (that’s what we are here for). PC can help you not only manage your social media marketing but also teach you how at your own pace. There are always ways to grow your business, you just have to be willing to grow yourself.
Be mindful of your feelings, your time, your stress level, your productivity and most importantly WHAT YOU NEED. Take a second to breathe when you are overwhelmed and check-in. What do I need? Should I get up and stretch? Get a glass of water/coffee? Embrace this change? Do I need help? It’s okay to ask! Prioritize and refocus. You got this! Maybe that’s delegating some of your tasks or leaving out what is not as important. Keep moving forward. I’ll say it again, keep moving forward.
Improve professional relationships
Professional relationships are key to workplace satisfaction. Take time to develop good work-place habits like being open-minded and listening to what others have to say. Happy people are productive people (you included). For more on developing good work habits check out https://www.developgoodhabits.com/examples-personal-development-goals/.
Promote Creatively is here to lighten your load. Whether you need training on Instagram stories or monthly social media management or anything in between, we are here for you. You don’t have to choose between that family dinner and getting all of your work done. We can help so you can get back to your life.