It’s day number 7 of the 365 days in 2018. To be honest I hadn’t really planned out how I was going to spend the first 7 days of 2018. I crossed over into the New Year asleep, was then woken up by a phone call and spent the rest of the night hearing fireworks going off for what seemed like forever. The whole time I was just lying there in my bed thinking, “What do I want my life to be like in 2018?” I lay there in silence trying to imagine everything I wanted it to be. I thought about everything. My business. My career. My personal life. My relationships. My successes. My failures. The list goes on. At the end of all the thinking, and visualizing and dreaming, I told myself: It will be better.
I realized that’s all I wanted.
I wanted the New Year to be better. 2018 will be better.
What does that mean for me?
It means working to be better than I was last year in every area of my life – especially here at Twenty47 Virtual Assistant. Better means positive change. Better means improvement. Do I want to quantify my version of better at this point? To a larger extent, Yes. I do. I mean, that’s why we set S.M.A.R.T goals right? How else can we measure progress? But, there are some instances where I am not going to care much how much of an improvement I would have made, as long as there is progress. I refuse to be hard on myself 😉
Aim for better. Not more.
So to make sure I started out the year right, I spent the first 7 days of 2018 finalizing on those goals I started working on in the last quarter of 2017. I was putting everything up on my wall now and trying to to set a good example FOR MYSELF by taking action on those goals. I must say, I pleasantly surprised myself. Things didn’t start out perfectly BUT, they certainly were better. I even started jogging (read walking LOL!) & blogging again.
Happy Dance. I had not done this in months!
Now, yesterday I concluded on the BIGGER PICTURE plan I have been working on for weeks. It didn’t end there. I have learnt over the past two years the power of making goals for every quarter and then every month in that quarter. It doesn’t end there. What are my weekly goals? What about my daily goals? My sister told me she is now in the habit of evaluating herself EVERY.SINGLE.DAY. I normally evaluate myself every week. EVERYDAY though is really taking things to another level for yourself. But then, I always think to myself. This is my sister. She DOES NOT do mediocre. So what’s good for one sister is definitely good for the other, right? I’m in!
Another thing that got me fired up in the past week was also realizing just how much business people are so positive about the New Year – well, at least the ones I talked to. I got to find out that I am not the only one who was interested in getting better. I got to chat with a number of prospects who are interested in establishing a digital footprint for themselves, delegating some of their office tasks and freeing up their time to focus on developing more products and services to help them address the needs of their clients. I am so excited. Yesterday, I was on a brainstorming call with a client I worked with last year and what we managed to go over in our 1.5 hour long call blew us away in the end. The only thing that was left for us to say was, Let’s do this! Something I have been saying a lot of late because I believe when the plan has been laid out, the only thing that’s left to do is to take action. Don’t plan forever.
Now, if you realize that you are going to struggle to complete a task on your own, get some help. Learning to leverage the strengths of your team and partnerships will help you progress as you work towards achieving your goals.
Not sure where to get help, ASK ME. There are a number of ways we can work together to get things done in your business today starting from the simple but mundane tasks like data entry. Do you have information lying around that you feel you could make better use of if it was just presented better? Perhaps in a table or spreadsheet? It could be business cards you collected in the past year. It could be a list of attendants at your last workshop or seminar. Sometimes, we keep this information on its original sources (Paper, Really??) and it even ends up getting lost because we just can’t seem to find time out of our schedule to transfer this information to editable Excel or Word files. I have to say: STOP THIS!
There are better ways of storing your data and you need to adopt them if you are going to make better use of this information in 2018. Here’s an offer I’m currently running for all data entry work in this month of January. I want you to start this year right. With much order in your work.
Now, with the first 7 days of 2018 done now, I can only wish you another productive week. Cheers!
I’m a techie administrative and project management assistant and specialize in implementing efficient systems and processes, supporting business operations and ensuring that project tasks flow smoothly. I have experience working with companies in various industries in Zimbabwe, Zambia, South Africa, Switzerland and the USA with focus areas that include Public Relations, Investment and E-Commerce. My experience comes from years of working in Banking & Fintech sectors where I provided technical support on financial systems, participated in the full systems development life cycle of projects and led the team responsible for day-to-day operations.