Published December 05, 2017
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Tis the season! December is always one of the loveliest months, filled with holiday cheer, Christmas drinks, and treats, along with all the Christmas lights and decorations we are surrounded by. While it's great to get lost in the Christmas spirit, as an entrepreneur, you must always keep in mind that the new year is right around the corner. It is important that you start planning business goals that you would like checked off your list by the end of December in 2018. Here are 3 ways that can help you achieve this.
1. Wake up before 5am.
Being an early riser is a good habit to start kicking in, for one, you have a jumpstart on the day by waking up before the rest of the world. This gives you plenty of time to start your day with a relaxing cup of tea or coffee. You are able to enjoy your morning with a good mindset, boosting you with a flow of energy. There are fewer distractions, you have clarity and silence to be able to focus on the important tasks that need to be accomplished. This allows you to read and send emails, helping to get those out of the way early which can help set the mood for you work day. Ok, so maybe getting up at 5am is not what you see yourself doing on January 1st but let this habit go into effect in January and you're golden for the rest of the year!
2. Write down your goal
With the age of technology, there are plenty of apps that allow you to put notes down on your calendar or check them off your digital list. While this is an awesome way to integrate your life with a single touch to your phone, nothing beats physically writing down your goals on a piece of paper like the good ole’ days. Writing down your goals can be a powerful statement because it forces you to commit to your goals. And if done every morning, can help install discipline, allowing you to actually work towards accomplishing your goals without feeling like its a task.
3. Organize your invoices
If you've been running your business for quite a while now, you know the importance of deadlines and billing. For many entrepreneurs, a business is a passion you work day and night to help launch off the ground. But you also know that having your finances in order are critical to your business's success. This is why getting paid on time is important, whether you're a graphic designer, a florist, or a consultant. That’s why you should stop putting off filling out and sending your invoices, as an independent contractor, a small business owner or a freelancer, you can’t afford to wait any longer. Wouldn’t you like a nice big gift for Christmas from your clients? Well, in order to get those invoices paid, you need to do a bit of leg work and send them out. Then you can enjoy the holiday season with a bit more cash in your account and a lot less stress sitting on your shoulders.