Are we the only ones scratching our heads, wondering where in the world 2015 went?
The end of the year is such a symbolic time to reflect on the last 12 months and get inspired for the year ahead. But if you run a business, are trying to juggle holiday planning with gift shopping, need to meet your quarter-end quotas, or a mix of all of the above, the end of the year can leave you feeling expired rather than inspired.
If you’re in need of a mood boost this season, give these simple to-do's a try and let us know how they work for you!
1. Celebrate your accomplishments, big and small.
It’s all too easy to focus on what went wrong or what you didn’t accomplish during the year, but how effective is that?
Did you land a big client this year? Reach a milestone in your business? Did you try
something new or travel somewhere you’ve never been? Did you finally get the whole family
together for dinner this year? These are all accomplishments that deserve your recognition. Take some time to write down everything you’re proud of.
Can’t think of anything? Ask a friend, family member, or colleague. You’ll be surprised at how much you might be overlooking.
2. Write down your 2016 goals and start talking about them
This is not a new concept, but if you’ve never tried writing down your goals, give yourself the space to do so this season. Be specific about what you want, set milestones to get there (monthly, quarterly), and don’t be afraid to share them.
Once you have your goals set, try opening up about what you’re hoping to achieve when you talk about your business or the work that you do, rather than focusing on products or services you provide. You never know who might be willing and able to help you achieve your goals!
3. Say "thank you"
Ironically, it is very easy to forget to show gratitude for those around you during the holiday craziness. Take some time this season to send a few “thank you” cards or emails to those who supported you this year. This list could include: close friends, family members, clients, vendors, your business partner, and your accountant.
Run your own business? Try adding a post on your website or social media accounts showing your gratitude for your fans, followers, and customers.
And of course, take some time to thank yourself for your hard work and perseverance this year.
4. Get your accounting in check
This one made the list because planning ahead often makes for a much more relaxed start to to the year. For many, the next two weeks slow down as clients, employees, and vendors take time off.
Use this time to round up those old receipts, statements, and documents, make any final purchases, and get organized for your 2015 filing.
If you aren’t sure where to start, Mazuma pulled together a stellar end-of-year accounting checklist.
5. Take time for a little R&R
This list wouldn’t feel complete without adding some R&R to the mix. Take advantage of the upcoming holidays by disconnecting from technology, spending some quality time with your loved ones, and doing something nice for yourself.
Take time to go see that movie, read the book collecting dust on your shelf, attend the yoga class you’ve been putting off, or start planning your spring break vacation. Slowing down is good for your body, soul, and even your business, so make it a priority this season.
What would you add to this list to leave you feeling inspired for 2016?
Tell us in the comments below!