Are you ready to make the most of the New Year? I love a fresh start, and I know so many of you feel the same. Today I’m going to share a few tips and prompts to review 2014 that will help you kick off 2015 with better perspective and clear goals. This exercise is an excerpt from Your Best Year 2015: Productivity Workbook and Creative Business Planner.
How to Perform a Business Review
- First, you need to set goals! You can’t check your progress without something to compare it to. I know that there are people who are against goal- and resolution-setting, but I can’t imagine life without them! They’re my blueprint to success. If you’re new to this type of work, you will absolutely love my annual planner, Your Best Year 2015. You can also check out my 7-day series, A New Year for a New You – on my blog.
- Create a system to track your progress. This is my main source of motivation, and I have many tools to help me track my progress. Creative business are personal, and as their owners, our perspective is always too close. Even when the business is succeeding, it often feels as though you’re constantly giving without return. I track my progress with monthly income reports, in addition to the progress log myself and other members keep inside The Luminaries Club.
- Adjust your goals accordingly. What you set out to do in the new year may change within a few months. Jack Canfield said, “You don’t want to get to the top of the ladder only to find out you had it leaning against the wrong wall.” As soon as you realize you’re headed for something you don’t actually want, it’s okay to redirect.
- Cross off finished goals. It’s such a rewarding feeling to go back on your goals and cross off what’s complete, even if it’s eleven months later, as seen here.
- Scrap or determine an end-time for unfinished projects. This is one of the most beneficial parts of the review: it empowers you to let go of unfinished business that no longer serves your plan. Your business will naturally evolve as it grows, and as the months pass your focus will shift. That’s natural and healthy! Hold your vision loosely and allow it to lead the way.
Be the CEO
Next, you have to put on your CEO hat to get a clear perspective. As creative business owners, our product or service is personal. As a result, our perspective is always too close. YOU need to be your own non-objective CEO when determining what is and isn’t working in your business. Ask yourself:
- What was clicking this year? In what ways was my business running smoothly?
- What areas of my business are feeling out of sync?
- What results would I like to achieve in 2015?
- What activities, products, actions or ideas worked this year?
- What was your best creative payday this year?
- How can you create more results like that next year?
- What didn’t work for you this year? What do you need to stop doing?
- How can you eliminate those activities next year?
I’m wishing you the brightest future + much success! If you’re ready to make it happen already in 2015, join me in review and reflection by working through Your Best Year 2015: Productivity Workbook and Creative Business Planner. Share your review with me on social media using #YBY2015. Until next time and all the best, Lisa Jacobs
Lisa Jacobs — Marketing Creativity
Lisa Jacobs writes Marketing Creativity for fellow creative spirits who aim to build a career with their own two hands. She leads group webinar programs and offers one-on-one coaching designed to help you get paid to be … you.