5 New Year’s Resolutions for Entrepreneurs

5 New Year’s Resolutions for Entrepreneurs

As the end of December approaches, it’s time to pat yourself on the back and give your team a high five. Congrats – just look at all the great things you’ve accomplished this year!

December is also a great time to reflect, make resolutions and then plan out ways to crush those business goals in the New Year. To help get you started, we asked the Dream community and entrepreneurs across the country what they’re resolving to accomplish in 2018 and beyond. We’ve curated their top five goals so you can see what other successful entrepreneurs are planning!

  1. Systemize my business better.

    You’ve got processes and procedures that are working for your company. At least some of them were likely created when you were just starting out and running from one thing to the next. Look at your systems with a critical eye. Is there anything you can improve? Changes in this area will help you repeat processes better and become even more efficient.

  2. Make time for planning.

    Business owners always have a lot on the go and working 50+ hours a week is not unusual. Unfortunately, this means that long-term planning often gets pushed aside for another day – even when you have the very best intentions to get it done. Just as you schedule meetings with clients, book time in your calendar for business planning. Creating goals with associated timelines will get you on track and propel you forward. Post them up in a place where you’ll see them every single day.

  3. Unclutter my calendar.

    While this may sound counter-intuitive, many entrepreneurs told us that they purposely try to do less. That they turn away more opportunities than they pursue. You can do this too! How? Start by removing meetings and tasks that do not relate to your top priorities from your calendar. Why? This makes it easier to prioritize and you will have time for things that matter most. You will also have more focus and energy to properly pursue the things you are planning to pursue.

  4. Make “me” a priority.

    You can’t be at your best each day if you are not taking care of your most important assets – yourself and your health. Are you working endless hours every day of the week? Skipping vacations or checking in constantly when you do take time off? Missing special occasions or outings with family and friends? If any of this sounds familiar, resolve to take care of yourself while you take care of your business. This could mean anything from eating better and clocking more zzzz’s to scheduling time for exercise or disconnecting entirely, even if it’s just for a few hours at a time.

  5. Hire great people.

    We know it’s hard to give up control, but you can’t do everything. Keep your business growing by surrounding yourself with superstars who are experts at what they do. Once you’ve built your dream team, do everything you can to keep them. Staff turnover costs you time and money.

As you get set to bid farewell to last year and ring in a new one, raise a toast to your continued success! With your own resolutions ready to go, you’ll be smiling when midnight arrives – because regardless of the goals you’ve set, you’re going full tilt to continue building the business of your dreams.