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New Year’s Resolutions: nearly everybody makes them, but hardly anyone sticks to them. This is true in business. Most will make plans to implement in the new year, but by February they’re forgotten. There are plenty of things you can do to fix this! For sticking to your new year business plans, big or small, here’s my advice:

Be realistic with your plans
The first step is to be realistic when devising plans in the first place. You might like to think that you can achieve huge things by December - but will you really stick to the steps you must do to get there? By setting smaller, more realistic goals, it’s more likely that you will feel the sense of satisfaction that comes from your carefully laid business plans being a success. 

Try and form a habit
Your business plan won’t be a success overnight! To make sure it sticks, try to form a habit. Work towards your plans a little bit every day and it will soon become a habit. You’ll start to do it without even thinking, but you’ll be able to look back and see how far you have come.

Review regularly
Even the best-laid plans can go off track. This is exactly why you should be scheduling in regular reviews of your business plans to make sure you’re moving in the right direction. You can pick up on what needs to be changed before it becomes a big issue. There is no shame in admitting that you need to re-think your plans a little bit! After all, your business could end up being completely different from what you imagined in 2019, so you may need to adjust accordingly.

Accept help and support
If you’re struggling, or just need a nudge in the right direction, there is plenty of help available. You just need to look around and accept any offered help! Working to your strengths and enlisting the help of others can do your business wonders. Why not book in for a Social Clinic at Delivered Social and see how we can help?

Hold yourself accountable!
There’s nobody else who is going to implement your business plans - it’s all up to you! You need to make sure that you’re holding yourself accountable. Are you doing all that you can to make your business plans a success? Where are you going wrong, but also what are you doing right? Putting a little pressure on yourself can really help move things forward.

There’s no need to be afraid of your new year business plans. They can propel your business forward if they’re used properly. Start planning now, and who knows where you could be in another year’s time?

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