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4 Keys to Stick to Your Business Resolutions in 2016

The Huffington Post The Huffington Post 19/02/2016 Young Entrepreneur Council

2016-02-12-1455296974-2424337-DavidTomas.jpg © Provided by The Huffington Post 2016-02-12-1455296974-2424337-DavidTomas.jpg David Tomás is a young entrepreneur and Cofounder of Cyberclick Group, a leading digital marketing company. He likes talking about decision-making, new forms of creativity, personal and professional fulfillment, and how to build the happiest company in the world, which is the title of his new book. His company Cyberclick was named Best Workplace in 2014 and 2015.
The New Year brings along many things for business professionals: new strategies, new plans, new resolutions, and for many of us, a new sense of guilt for not sticking to any of them.
It turns out, only 8 percent of people are successful in achieving their resolution, according to a study from the University of Scranton, Journal of Clinical Psychology. No one enjoys the disappointment felt after quitting a resolution that's meant to improve and reach new business goals.
As we sink further into the New Year, it can be easy to lose momentum, but there is still time to think about how you can make this year the best one yet and avoid being part of the 8 percent. Here are four tips:

  • 1.Make Your Action Plan Public

  • Goals are great, but without an action plan, goals are just illusions. Instead, make goals a reality by implementing an actionable plan. The specifics of this plan depend on you and your needs. They could be daily goals, weekly or monthly goals. The key is to mark the dates you will finish each task by. Share this action plan with your respected business team so you are held accountable and can track progress together.
    At Cyberclick, an online advertising and direct marketing company, we hold an end of the year retreat where we all spend two days together to discuss our goals for the upcoming year. We prioritize these goals and, most importantly, we put together an action plan that we call the "Who, What, When Plan." We put down on paper exactly who does what and by when. Each Monday during our weekly meetings, we quickly go over these goals and the progress that has been made toward achieving them, ensuring we are all on the right path. If you've lost traction in making progress toward your goals, try implementing a regular team meeting where you can create measurable steps toward success.
    If you've lost traction in making progress toward your goals, try implementing a regular team meeting where you can create measurable steps toward success.
  • 2. Make It Unavoidable

  • How many times has your excuse for not doing something been that you simply forgot? From meetings to children's schedules to appointments to deadlines -- we are only human, and it can be hard to remember everything.
    To solve this challenge, you can trick yourself by making reminders unavoidable. Make a list of all the tasks you do on a daily basis and find ways to incorporate reminders of your resolution. Write a note about your goal on your mirror, change your computer password to your resolution, put another note on the microwave. Make it impossible to avoid reminders of your resolution and it will never "slip" your mind again.
    To make our goals unavoidable at the office, we always print out a huge poster that describes everyone's goals. This poster is big enough to be seen by everyone and makes us more aware of what we need to focus on.
  • 3. Bunch Up Similar Tasks

  • It's easy to get sidetracked by distractions, even if those distractions are necessary to deal with. For example, you hear the bing of an email notification and stop what you're doing to check it. You attempt to return to your previous task afterward but can't remember for the life of you what you were working on.
    The way to avoid this is to bunch up similar tasks. Take emails or phone messages -- depending on the amount you receive, set aside 10 minutes every three hours to go through all your emails or phone messages instead of getting sidetracked every 15 minutes. This will help you get all your daily goals done and move you along in achieving your resolutions.
  • 4. Start Your "Stop Doing" List 

  • With the list of resolutions comes the list of things you should start doing. With all the new tasks you have to begin, there must be some things you stop doing in order to find and maintain a balance. At Cyberclick, we place a lot of importance on this and take time during the retreat to make our own personal "stop doing" lists as well as a company-wide list that helps us improve and become more efficient. Most importantly, "stop doing" lists leave us the time we need to focus on those important resolutions.
    Being held accountable for your progress, keeping your goals in front of you, and keeping yourself far from distraction, are surefire ways to stay on track with your resolutions this year. Don't wait to see what happens. Take your life and business into your own hands and start achieving your goals today.

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