In just a few short weeks, it will be the start of 2018 and a brand new year. Like most businesses, in the lead up to the start of a new year, you are most probably thinking about the best ways to move your business forward. After all, a new year calls for new goals and targets, so that you can move your business forward, and ensure that it continues to grow.

Do you currently feel like there is too much to do and too little time to do it? If this is the case, the important thing is not to panic. Believe it or not, it is possible to move your business forward without doing too much more, the key to business success is delegation, and ensuring that you have the help on hand that you need.

Bearing all of that in mind, the question is: what will it take to move your business forward in 2018? Below are a few simple steps that you can choose to take, to help give your business the boost of power it needs to be even more successful in 2018 – read on for everything that you need to know.

Utilize to-do lists

When it comes to ensuring that all of the most vital tasks get completed each day, it is crucial that you are utilizing to-do lists. The fact is that as a business owner, you most probably have tasks coming out of your ears, and if you don’t write them down, you are fairly likely to forget them. End each day by writing a to-do list for the next day, so that when you arrive at work, you already have your list of daily tasks set out in front of you.

This means that you don’t have to waste time working out what needs to be done, as you are able to just crack on with whatever is at the top of your list of things to do. If you’re not a fan of paper lists, as you always seem to lose them, download a to-do list app and use that to create your daily to-do list on, so that you can access it from anywhere.

Ensure goals are achievable and not overwhelming

If you set goals for yourself, your team and your business, it is vital to ensure that they are not overwhelming. Because the fact is that if you are setting overwhelming goals, you are going to find that meeting them is more difficult than it should be. The key to success with goal setting is breaking each big goal down into smaller goals and working slowly to achieve them. If a goal is too overwhelming, it can have an impact on yours’ and your team’s ability to meet it.

Which is why breaking goals down and splitting them over a period of time, such as a few months, tends to work well. So take the time to think about what you want your business to achieve in 2018 now so that you can set measurable goals that will help you to achieve your larger targets.

Make tackling more difficult jobs your priority

Far too many of us put off dealing with the difficult jobs until later on, always putting them off, instead of dealing with them when we should do. However, it is often better to get into the habit of dealing with the most difficult jobs first, so that you can get them out of the way. Instead of putting the harder tasks to the bottom of your to-do list, always put them at the top of it, so that you can get them out of the way early.

That way, after completing a task that you have been dreading having to deal with, the rest of your day and tasks will feel like a breeze. Don’t let a task that you don’t want to complete hang over you all day, get it out the way as soon as you can, and then you don’t have to focus on it anymore. Start thinking this way, and direct your team members to try to do the same, and you will see a big change to workplace productivity and motivation.

Hire change management specialists

No one likes change, it’s a proven fact, but in some instances change is necessary. Whether that means re-structuring your entire business, making cuts to your marketing department, or simply changing the way that you run an area of your business, change is never popular. To make the process of dealing with changes to your business easier, it might be worth considering utilizing change management specialists – you can learn more about what they do by having a browse online.

The main concept of change management is simple: managing any changes to your business and ensuring that everything stays on track. Think of change management specialists like project managers – they delegate and manage a range of different tasks to ensure that the end goals are met.

Invest in project management

Talking about project management, if you don’t already have a reliable project manager in place, it could be worth bringing one on board. When it comes to ensuring that each and every one of your business’s projects goes without a hit, having a specialist project manager on board could help. By taking on board a specialist project manager, you can ensure that when it comes to how successful a project is, that you know it will do well. Why? Because you have a highly skilled and trained specialist onboard to help manage things and ensure that every last part of any project that is launched, gets completed on time and to a high quality.

Take risks

Often, if you want to succeed you have to take a risk that comes with a chance of failure. This might seem counterproductive, but if you want to ensure that you are giving yourself and your business all of the very best chances of success, it is important that you take risks and are brave with what you do.

Obviously, that doesn’t mean taking any old risk, it means taking measured risks that have a good chance of success, and if they do succeed, are likely to mean big things for your business. Taking risks is never going to be an easy task, but if you are smart about the kinds of risks that you take, you can ensure that they are a success and help to drive your business forward.

Don’t settle

When it comes to your business, never be prepared to settle. The fact is that when it comes to your business and its success, you cannot settle for second best. As a business owner, you need always to ensure that you go for gold and make every effort to achieve what you set out to do. Never settle for okay when instead, if you pushed a little bit harder, you could have amazing. If things don’t go your way, don’t become discouraged. Instead, reevaluate your business plan and make necessary adjustment based on feedback and results.

Find a mentor

If you find that you are struggling to look to the future and don’t know where to take your business next, you may find it beneficial to get a business mentor. Many of today’s most prosperous entrepreneurs have worked with mentors in the past, who helped them to achieve the results that they needed to get to where they are today. One of the best ways to achieve success is to work with someone who has already been down the road that you are going down, and knows what it takes to succeed in your industry. It may not always be easy to run a business and grow it as you go, but if you have the help and support of a reliable business mentor, you should find moving forward that little bit easier.

As vital part of running any business is growth and finding little ways to move your business forward. As a business owner, you need to ensure that you know what it takes to move your business in the right direction in 2018, setting goals and hitting them, allowing your brand to grow and expand over time. By taking note of the tips and advice above, and implementing it in how you run your business, you can ensure that when it comes to moving your business forward, you have a much better chance of success.

It is never easy finding ways to grow a business, but the more prepared you are, the higher your chance of success when it comes to growth. It will always be easier to give up than it will be to grow your business, but if you know what steps you need to take and can focus on taking those steps and ensuring that your business grows, you can make its chances of success in 2018 and beyond, much more likely, which when it comes to growing your business, is vital.

 

By Erica Buteau

Change Agent. Daydream Believer. Maker. Creative. Likes love, peace and Jeeping. Dislikes winter, paper cuts and war. She/Her/Hers.

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