Entrepreneurial New Year’s Resolutions
As I look at 2010, I’m extremely optimistic. I think our country and economy is gaining momentum. And in my world, my companies are gaining momentum as well. Perhaps most importantly for me personally, I feel a sense of clarity and focus. All of these things lead to my believe that 2010 will be a prosperous year. To start with a bang, I’ve written a few resolutions for myself, which I thought I’d share with you:
Post More Often. Not just writing more posts here at www.jeff-stephens.com, but I mean truly being totally engaged in all my social communities. 2009 really showed me that social media is not an optional marketing channel, it is just another required part of doing business successfully. Just like a phone or email, it’s a tool we can no longer live without.
Live the Getting Things Done Lifestyle. If you haven’t read Getting Things Done, by David Allen, you need to. He’s the master of personal productivity. GTD is brilliantly simple but truly transformative…if you give yourself to it. So far I’ve dabbled heavily in GTD, but haven’t completely given myself to it like I want to and need to. My current tool of choice for GTD software is OmniFocus, so my goal is to really lean on it as hard as I can and make it part of my lifestyle. This leads me to…
Start Each Week, and Each Day, With Focus. I have said before that I believe that each day, the world conspires against you to prevent you from getting the stuff done that you want to get done. More realistically, though, I think it’s that we don’t start each day with the level of focus and clarity we really need. I will start each day and week not with a list of “to-do” items, but with a list of accomplishments I want to achieve.
Get Coached. I’m proud to say I am pretty much always learning new things, but it’s usually mostly on my own. This year I’m reaching out for help that will provide structure, accountability and a fresh perspective. I’ve started working with Mark Shapiro from Emergent Business, am attending a seminar through David Baker’s ReCourses, am signing up for guitar lessons and am even considering a personal trainer to help whip me into better physical shape. Plus, of course I’ll continue my both-feet-in participation in EO.
What are your resolutions? I’d love to hear. Plus, if you put them on the Internet like I did, you have to follow through or else the whole world will know!