5 Tips To Help You Hit Your Family Business Goals In 2019
By Kyle Danner - January 15, 2019
A New Year holds the promise of a fresh start. But you may already find yourself slipping into old habits. So here are five suggestions to help you maintain the momentum in the New Year.
1. Get a good night’s sleep.
The better rested we are, the better we’re able to handle new sales efforts, changing customer demands and ongoing personnel challenges. Plus, we’ll manage family relationships constructively.
When we’re tired and stressed, we’re more likely to snap at family members who might be our co-workers too. That provides temporary relief, but it damages relationships in the long run. Try the following for a good night’s sleep:
- Establish a consistent sleep and wake time
- Develop a bedtime routine for everyone in your household
- Avoid stimulants like caffeine, alcohol and nicotine before bedtime
- Turn the thermostat down to 60-65 degrees Fahrenheit
- Minimize exposure to bright light one hour before bedtime
- Keep electronics out of the bedroom, including the television, smartphones and tablets
- Avoid emotionally challenging conversations or arguments before bedtime
2. Start small to build momentum.
We have high hopes for a new year. We join a gym, commit to healthy eating, promise to keep our desk organized and volunteer once a week. Inevitably we fall short.
The stress of these new commitments, along with the existing ones, leaves us feeling overwhelmed and frustrated before the end of January. Instead, pick one thing to focus on. It doesn’t have to be big. It can be something as simple as committing to a solid night’s sleep or reading the latest business book for 30 minutes each weekday.
The key is to be consistent to build a new habit. Schedule it for the same time each day. Make sure your home or office is setup to help you succeed. Be sure to reward yourself, reasonably, for your effort. As you experience success with this one thing, you’ll be in a better place to add another, then another, then another.
3. Close the loop.
The human brain prefers things complete, but that’s not always an option in today’s busy work environment. Sometimes we must wait for a client to respond or for more information from a team member. These “open” items can be distracting and draining. Close the loop by taking one of these four actions:
- If it’s something you can do in less than 5 minutes, COMPLETE it now.
- If it requires some thought and planning, SCHEDULE time on your calendar.
- If someone else can do it, DELEGATE it. It frees up your energy to focus on other priorities.
- If it’s not important, ELIMINATE it. If you’re not sure, ask yourself “Will doing this task or answering this email help me achieve my larger goals?”
4. Slip, but don’t slide.
You will slip. Everyone does. Maybe you won’t go to the gym 1 day, or you’ll spend an hour on Facebook when you meant to spend 5 minutes or you’ll have that cupcake when you meant to have an apple. Don’t beat yourself up! Simply recommit.
We think we have to be hard on ourselves. However, that has the opposite effect. If we beat ourselves up, we’re going to do what we need to make ourselves feel better, which more than likely, is the very thing we’re beating ourselves up over. Get it? It’s a vicious circle.
This can also lead to “Oh what the hell.” That is, I had a doughnut for breakfast this morning so my diet’s ruined for the day. “Oh what the hell, I might as well have the candy bar.” Remember that if you’re building a habit, and you miss a day, that’s okay. All your previous work is not lost. Recommit and follow through next time.
5. Don’t go it alone.
Our chances for success increase when we involve others. Your loved ones have goals for the new year too. Why not use this as an opportunity to build a relationship with a family member who is also your co-worker? Share each other’s daily progress with a quick email or when you first get to the office. Or, look to a friend or family outside the business. Either way, being accountable to another person improves your odds for success.
Make the best of the new year in your family and business. Start with a solid foundation of rest, focus on one meaningful change at a time, close the loop and don’t go it alone. Best wishes for a prosperous New Year!
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