Wow, seems like yesterday we were finishing our list of goals and resolutions for the New Year and we just completed the first and hardest quarter of the year for most people. The year end closing and tax time, uff! After many hectic weeks and endless number crunching, reviews, budgeting, re-branding, creating, and never ending flow of ideas for the new year we finally have a clear view of our performance last year and where we stand so far. As small business owners and solopreneurs we really need to concentrate in what we set to do at the start of the year and how far we ‘ve gone, what we missed or never got to even touch because we were too busy in the day-to-day activities that we didn’t look at that list we created to guide us through this new year.
With the new year already in progress, many colleagues and clients are going crazy developing new ideas, services, branding and rebranding, as they say, “THE WORKS’! In my case, before going crazy moving forward, I’ve really done a bit of research to make sure that anything new I do (which I’ve already started with my WordPress site) is really something that fits my business, my personality and my goals.
For some time I’ve been reading about all the new tips and ideas coming out for this year from all angles, small business, entrepreneurs, social media, and more. Most of them are great, lots of insight, new techniques, organizational skills, but, with lengthy ‘To Do Lists’ which in most cases is overwhelming when you want to manage them. I’ve decided to create my own “To Do Lists” in small but attainable tasks and divide them in quarters throughout the year. This will provide the time, learning skills (if necessary), and implementation of any new ideas and tasks I may develop.
Throughout this almost finished 2011, I want to thank all of you who, one way or another, have made it a spectacular and wonderful lived year. It is important to consider that whether you work for yourself or you are employed by someone, your accomplishments as an individual belong to you, because you gave the energy, the effort, the love to make it happen. Along the way you definitely have had some help from family, friends, co-workers, clients, collaborators and associates, and the list can go on.
Most of the time I hear people exclaim exhausted indicating how hard the year has been, how little they’ve accomplished, how difficult life is and so on. We should concentrate in how great we had life and health this year, how wonderful we were able to enjoy new and challenging experiences that have led us to become better people and how great we still have a job or business.