3 Ways to Kickstart your Business before 2012Posted by Jessica Oman
Are you at a crossroads in your business – or at a standstill? It’s easy to let projects go as we move ever closer to the December holiday season, and the temptation to put things off until the new year grows stronger every day. It’s important to remember that there are still six weeks left in 2011, and there is a lot we can do to move our careers and our businesses forward before January. Here are three ways you can stimulate action today and get those looming projects off your plate.
1. Watch your language.
Many of us panic before the end of the year and think there’s only a few weeks left and there can’t be enough time to finish everything before the end of the year. Instead of setting a deadline you might not be able to manage, consider these last few weeks of 2011 as an opportunity to get a load of stuff done. Remember, there’s still a few weeks left to complete your projects. Working on a new web site? There is time to finish it and still enjoy your holidays. Verbalize your plans to your family and friends, and talk positively about your ability to get things done. Your rhetoric can have a resounding effect on your own productivity.
2. Get some exercise.
It’s raining, I know. You’d rather curl up with a cup of tea and the remote control than go for a run in this miserable weather. But whichever activity you choose, neither of them have anything to do with your business, and that’s the point. If you’re putting off a project, you better be doing something that’s having a positive effect on the rest of your life! Actually, by exercising and moving your body every day, you’re giving yourself more energy, and this will help you focus when you do decide to get back to work.
3. Ask for help.
If you’re held up, consider hiring someone to help you get unstuck; freelancers and consultants are often happy to help out this time of year because work usually slows down in December. Also, having someone else depend on you to provide information on your project can be a great motivator. The money you spend now on projects that move your business forward is very likely to come back to you in the form of increased sales or profits – and don’t you want that to happen sooner than later?