Start a S.M.A.R.T. New Year

Christmas is over. With that comes the challenge (or not) of determining resolutions that we are going to keep for about a month (if that) and then forget about. 

On a personal level:

I know for me I'll probably have the same (cliché) resolutions that I had the year before-- eat healthier, go to the gym more, call my grandmother more often, etc. And, as mentioned before, I'll stick with them for about a month or two before the unexpectedness that life brings gets in the way and my priorities change.

There is a way that you can keep these resolutions, though. It's all about preparing for them, not just having spur-of-the-moment inspiration or determination. Once you prepare, you have to do it-- you can do it!

On a business level: 

The same idea for maintaining New Year's resolutions on a personal level can apply for a business level. Everyone needs to prepare for them. Once that is done, everyone in the company needs to execute them and hold each other accountable. Let's also not forget that your business resolutions need to be S.M.A.R.T. This will help with preparing for making the changes necessary to stick with your New Year's resolutions.

Resolutions are not something that can be made in a day -- well they can, but for the sake of really sticking to them and following through until the next year, they shouldn't be made in just a day. The planning part needs to start early, especially if it pertains to your business. Think of it as another goal that you want your company to achieve as a part of your business plan. It's going to take more than a day to plan and work out how you are going to execute it.

So, what will your resolutions be?

Or, I guess I should ask, when will your New Years' resolutions start?