2021 has been a turbulent year that brought many of the same challenges as 2020. Many goals you set for your business in 2021, may not have been met due to this year's challenges, but there are still steps that can be taken to get back on track and prepare for a successful 2022.
Are you unsure what resolutions are for 2022? Continue reading to learn the top 8 new year's resolutions for business professionals.
1. Schedule some time for yourself on your calendar.
Working without time scheduled for rest is a recipe for disaster. So, if you're having trouble finding time to do the things you enjoy, make time in your schedule regularly and stick to it.
2. Learn to accept outsourcing.
This resolution may be painful for anyone who is used to being the sole owner of their small business. When things are just getting started, many entrepreneurs are responsible for every role in their business, which can make it difficult to step away from what you've built and hand over the reins.
Consider what tasks you struggle with the most when it comes time to outsource. Do creative tasks such as marketing campaigns keep you awake at night? Are you unsure if you're handling your financial accounts properly? Do you waste a lot of time on administrative tasks that a virtual assistant or software could handle? As a business owner, your time is valuable, so consider hiring additional help or investing in digital tools to free up your schedule.
3. Get Rid of What Isn't Working and Move On
All products will not be bestsellers, all sales methods will not work for everyone, and all suppliers or contractors will not be ideally suited to your business. Stop using a technique, product, or business relationship that isn't working for you. Don't expend too much effort trying to make the unworkable work. Continue your journey. Something better will emerge.
4. Update your business plan
When you need direction, a good business plan can serve as a road map to success. It can assist you in staying organized and on track. A business plan is essential for success. However, it is not intended to be a one-and-done document. We're willing to bet that your company has evolved since you wrote your business plan. Now is an excellent time to revisit it and update your plan with the most recent financials, goals, competitor research, marketing ideas, and more to ensure that your business continues to grow in 2022.
5. Set attainable objectives.
Goal setting is a beneficial habit—but only if the goals lead to success rather than failure. Determine that the goals you set will be attainable and not so far out of reach that they will only lead to frustration. If you have difficulty setting realistic goals, you can devise a formula that works for you.
6. Recognize customer service blunders
Customer service is important. 93 percent of customers said they are more likely to return to businesses that provide excellent customer service.
When it comes to customer service, people remember the bad experiences just as much as the good ones. Determine your biggest blunders in 2021 and outline how you and your employees will avoid them in the future. Simultaneously, emphasize what went well and how you can build on those experiences in 2022.
7. Participate in a New Business Organization or a Networking Group
Nothing beats networking with other business owners for generating new ideas, refining old ones, and making new contacts. Whether it's a networking group or an organization dedicated to a specific type of business, whether in person or online, making the effort to be a part of a group will revitalize you and your business. Approaching networking events strategically will help you have a more successful experience the next time you go.
8. Give back to Your Community
There are numerous worthy organizations in your community that make a difference. Those who give receive. Giving back to your community is the best way to seed and grow goodwill for you and your company. So make it one of your top New Year's resolutions to find a cause that is important to you and donate what you can. Make this the year that you serve on a committee, mentor, volunteer, or make regular donations to organizations in your community that help to improve the place where you live.
Maintaining a healthy work-life balance is similar to maintaining a good relationship—you have to work at it. However, if you implement these top New Year's resolutions throughout the year, you will not only feel better, but you will have more energy to put into your business and make it the success you've always desired.