20 Things To Do Before 2020 – Part 1By James Barnes, February 1st 2019
Looking Out For #1
With the year 2020 fast approaching, we've assembled 20 things for you to try out before the clock strikes twelve on New Years Eve, so you can take on the new decade like a true business guru. Whether you want to improve your skills, productivity or your business' efficiency or marketing impacts; our tips will give you a helping hand.
The following tips are all about you because, what better place to start than yourself? After all, without you, your business wouldn't exist. So let's begin by looking out for number one!
These days, the working days can grow ever longer, especially when you are running your own business. It’s more important than ever to find a balance between your work life and personal life.
By giving yourself some distance from work every now and then, and having some "me time", you can return to it with a fresh mind and be more productive. Neither you, or your business, will thrive without your wellbeing being in top condition.
'But what should I do with my "me time"?', you ask. Why not kick things off by making a small list of things you might like to do that you can return to every time for ideas. You could add things like: going for a walk in the local woods to soak in some nature, or read that book you've had on the shelf for a while, or even just have a bit of a Netflix binge – whatever makes you happy.
2. Open Yourself to Creativity
It's likely that you're already quite a creative person if you run a business (go you!). However, sometimes that creativity can be pushed aside when you put your CEO hat on in a morning and have to juggle the more technical aspects of the business.
Spending some time being creative - be it writing, doodling, painting or whatever you like doing best - is a great way to fuel new ideas, which can work its way back around to improving your business in surprising ways.
Besides, being creative is fun.
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3. Industry Trends
Keeping up-to-date with the latest industry trends can sometimes be moved down your priority list, or even forgotten. Make sure this doesn't happen - improving your industry knowledge is vital to your success.
Boosting your knowledge can be done in various ways, such as: joining relevant social media groups, attending events and conferences, reading news articles and learning from others in the same field.
Having up-to-date industry knowledge will allow you to find new ways to improve your own offerings, and also help to make sure you're compliant with new rules and regulations.
Maintaining industry knowledge could mean that you'll stay ahead of your competitors – it could be the task they're not prioritising.
Industry-related articles can be sent directly to your inbox using Google Alerts so you won't have to search for them. If we were you, we'd set up alerts for competitor news too.
Learning is essential not only to your own growth, but your business's too; so it's important that you find time to improve your own skills.
You'll have an idea of the skills you need to improve, so why not set out some short-term and long-term plans to improve some of these? With a plan in place, you're more likely to stick to them too.
There are various ways you can learn, ranging from free online courses and conferences, to podcasts and from your peers – we're sure they'll be a style that suits you.
Consider keeping your plans a secret until they are well underway. Studies have found1 that just the act of telling your peers your goals triggers a feeling of accomplishment; tricking you into thinking you’ve already achieved something.
Find out how you can embrace those business-y tasks in part 2 of 20 Things To Do Before 2020.Read Part 2