With the new year in full swing, I find it useful to start planning my workload so I start the year feeling organised. 2020 is not only an opportunity for a fresh start, it's an exciting, brand new decade. Here are a few of my small business tips around planning for the future.
Don’t wait around to start scheduling your time and organising yourself. Begin building your foundations now to avoid falling behind. Buy yourself a 2020 diary or wall planner - putting in key dates will definitely help when it comes to visualising the months ahead.
One of my favourite websites to use for diaries is Papier (www.papier.com), they offer a great range of designs with customisation options. The diaries also offer a set of pages at the back which I often use for making notes, lists and setting goals each month.
It’s great to have a visual of what you’ve completed and allows you to reflect on how much progress you’ve made throughout the year.
It sounds easy, but sometimes you need a little reminder to keep yourself on track. We all have our down days, for me it can sometimes be committing to more work than I can manage which unfortunately means later evening work to keep on top of it all. A few quotes and phrases I have dotted around help to keep my mindset positive.
“You always pass failure on the way to success.”
“No one is perfect, that’s why pencils have rubbers.”
“It always seems impossible until it’s done.”
“Once you replace negative thoughts with positive ones, you’ll start having positive results.”
“Fair to prepare, prepare to fail.”
Having them printed out as reminders around your work space can change your mindset on a bad day.
When I say communicate, I mean more than just verbally. It’s important to keep on top of your social media channels and respond to all comments and messages, as well as commenting on other like-minded business pages. Networking doesn’t have to be in person, form relationships and contribute in forums to help your business thrive.
Promote your business
It can be hard to keep on top of social media whilst you’re so busy getting your work done - you need to remember to find the time to promote your business. Showing people what you’re working on and the finished product is not only a satisfying reminder for yourself, it’s also a great way to showcase your skills. I find the most useful tool for social media help is Hootsuite (www.hootsuite.com) - it’s free for the first three social media accounts and helps to schedule posts when you’ve not got the time to post there and then.
Learn something new
By learning something new, you are progressing yourself as well as your business. There are multiple online courses which can help with marketing and business development, you may even learn new skills surrounding your business. Google offers an excellent service for learning digital marketing called Google Digital Garage. It’s great for beginners and those who are already familiar with digital marketing - better yet, it’s free!
Happy new year!