Starting Off the New Year: Implementing New Year Goals

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New Year’s is that time where goal setting permeates our work life, home life and even the entertainment and social media arenas. We get the chance to reflect on the last year and set goals that will launch us into a fresh start and new beginning.

While setting goals is important, we often forget them just a few months into the year. Setting our well-laid plans is the easy part and the implementation part is far more difficult for any business.

4 Tips to Actually Implement New Year Goals

1) Write them down
Write your goals down. This first step should not be skipped. Be as detailed as you want but get your thoughts down on paper. How can you implement something that is a hazy thought from months ago that you sort of mulled over for a while? You can’t implement what you don’t have set as a clearly written out and defined goal.

2) Set benchmarks
Your goals need to be measurable. The best way to pull this off is to set benchmarks. Your company can track progress via a goal board, spreadsheet, announcements or some other method. However, you need to set goals that can be measured success wise throughout the year. Benchmarks will enable you to track how far you’ve come and where you need to be.

3) Celebrations and rewards
If you want to help your company with goal implementation, you may need to provide an occasional incentive. When your team hits their benchmarks, celebrate with them. You could buy your team lunch, take them to coffee or let them leave a little early on Friday.
Also, consider providing a small reward or bonus to spur your team onward with the company’s goal and vision. Appreciation, praise and a pat on the back shouldn’t be underestimated either. You’ll need everyone on board to implement your business goals and a little encouragement is beneficial for both you and your staff.

4) Teams buy in
If you want to see your goals become a reality, you must get your team’s buy-in. Let them help set the company’s goals. Ask them for feedback on your vision. You will see that it’s easier to have your goals implemented if everyone is on board with the plan.

Goal setting is necessary for every business. As the New Year approaches, be sure to set goals that can be tracked, celebrated, and are reasonable to those that help you carry them to completion.

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