New Year Business Planning: 5 Tips to Plan for a Successful 2014

It’s the last week of the year! Goodbye 2013, hello 2014!

With the changing of the calendar year, we all start reflecting on what we’ve accomplished over the past 12 months, and what we intend to accomplish in the next 12 months.

This is a pivotal time of honesty in the life of an entrepreneur.

In an effort to help you with your New Year’s planning, we are re-publishing our list of business planning tips.

Here are five tips to help get your business planning process started:

  1. 2014 Business Planning | 2014 Business GoalsReview past goals – look at the goals that you set for 2013. Did you achieve them all? If so, maybe they weren’t challenging enough? If not, what were the reasons?
  2. Review your calendar – look through your 2013 calendar to see what events and milestones took place. It’s easy to forget what you did 12 months ago, so looking at your calendar or planner may help to remind you of important occasions.
  3. Start a new calendar – start your 2014 calendar. Put important dates, reminders, and events in place. This will help remind you of commitments and allow for better time management and planning.
  4. Set priorities – determining your priorities for the next year will help you set better boundaries and stay on target. Keep in mind these can be short-term priorities; they do not have to set the tone for the rest of your life.
  5. Think big – start with large, long-term goals, and then break them down into smaller attainable pieces. For example, if your goal is to visit every state in the US, then you may choose just one or two new destinations for 2014.

Hopefully these tips help you plan for a productive and successful New Year!

Here are links to some other posts that may help you with goal setting.

5 Essential Business Goals

5 Tips for Accomplishing Goals

Please feel free to share your thoughts, planning routines, and strategies!

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  2. 2014 is the year I’ve resolved to making more to-do lists. More importantly, revisiting previous days to-do lists and making sure I add the items that went unfinished to the most recent to-do list.

  3. I like your tip to review your business’s past goals before setting new ones. Determining what goals were successful in the past can help you better plan your strategy for the coming year. You can adjust your goals and priorities based on the successes or failures of the past year to better determine your business’s course of action. Thanks for the article!

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