Happy New Year! I hope you had a fantastic holiday season and that you’re ready to rock 2013!
I’m especially pumped about 2013 because I have nearly one year of fulltime entrepreneurship under my belt and I’m excited to have a full calendar year to take my business to the next level.
In addition to setting goals and building a strategic plan at the beginning of the year, I always determine three principles to guide my efforts through the year. What this does it takes my big picture vision and distills it down into daily practices that will help me get to where I want to be.
My hope is that by sharing these, it will help hold me accountable and also give you a glimpse into where I’m heading this year.
With this principle, I’m not talking about physical space; instead I’m talking about space on my calendar. I am notorious for over programming and filling my schedule to the brim. Instead of making me more productive, this causes me to become frazzled and worn out.
I want to change that this year. I want to be more intentional with my time so I can spend more time internally on building my business and also leave time on my calendar for down time and fun.
I’ve realized that I’m the only one who can guard my schedule and that means saying “no” to things that aren’t going to propel my business forward.
Michael Hyatt calls this “creating margin” — the space between your obligations and your limit. In other words, this means creating free time.
And, to do it, Michael suggests building a template for your ideal week so you can better schedule how you spend your time and even leaving space for free time.
I’m going to give this a try to see if it helps me be more intentional with my time.
Now that I have almost a year of fulltime entrepreneurship under my belt, I have a better grasp of what works, where I want to spend my time and how I want to grow my business.
In order to do that, I need to build systems and processes now to help me be more efficient with my time. Also, because this is a building and growing year for my business, I want to lay the groundwork now for when I add team members to the mix.
Focus on now.
I am a very goal-oriented person. And, when I achieve one goal, quickly check it off and look toward accomplishing the next one.
And while that is a great mindset for business success, it can also leave you unsatisfied with where you are in the moment.
That’s why one of my enduring themes each year is focusing on finding the joy and focusing on what matters most — family, friends and faith.
My hope is that I can take the time this year to be grateful for what I’ve accomplished and where I am in my life in this moment. Life moves at a breakneck pace and I want to savor every moment instead of always yearning for the next phase to arrive.
What about you? What are your guiding principles for this year? And, how do they tie into your overall goals for your business?
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