As president of NAWBO Phoenix and regional center director for the Maricopa Small Business Development Center, not to mention all my personal roles, I’m busy. No busier than you are. And this is certainly a busy time of year — wrapping up projects (and gifts!), giving and attending numerous holiday gatherings, rushing to get it all done by December 25 or December 31. And there are three more tasks you need to complete before year end. But don’t worry; I promise, all three can take less than 30 minutes.
Celebrate your successes — both personally and professionally. Did you start or stick with your exercise program? Hire great team members (I did this!). Grow your business by 20 percent (or even 5 percent)? Jot down at least five things that you are proud to have accomplished this year. (10 minutes maximum)
Visualize what’s next — but don’t worry about planning, yet! When you reflect on your success, what do you want to make sure you have more of in 2016? More time for business building? Taking more time for yourself (this is mine)? Supporting a worthy cause? The next couple of weeks may be too hectic to revisit your business plan or tweak your marketing plan, but do schedule a time in January to review this year and establish quantifiable objectives for 2016 (if you haven’t already done so). (10 minutes maximum)
Express your gratitude — and include your beloved clients. Of course you appreciate their business, but did you learn some valuable lessons from working with them that are perhaps even more valuable? I sure have! Let them know the impact these important people have had on you. The best way — send a hand-written note for your holiday greetings. Second best — pick up the phone and call them. (10 minutes minimum)
One more thing: Check out NAWBO — the only national organization that is dedicated to serving the needs of women business owners. We have warm and inviting events and helpful resources, and are strong advocates for issues affecting business owners. And we aren’t just for women; men are most welcome!
Wishing you every blessing,