Got downtime? Bored? It’s time to kick start your success.
Here are 30 things that Virtual Assistants and small business owners can do in the next few weeks to prepare for a triumphant 2011. Granted, many of these may not sound like fun, but if they were fun, they’d be called vacation. These little things can make your life less stressful and easier to manage day-to-day. You may even develop a new habit!
- Clean up your database.
- Sort through your Favorites and Bookmarks. Categorize them and delete the ones that are no longer relevant.
- Hire a coach.
- Read a business or motivational book that you haven’t had time for.
- Shred or toss any old papers you don’t need.
- Contact someone you admire and invite them to coffee or lunch.
- Update your Social Media profiles. Get a new headshot or avatar.
- Clean out your desk drawers, car, and briefcase/computer bag.
- Write a handwritten note to five former or current clients to let them know you’ve been thinking about them.
- Determine a few online chats that can help your business and participate in them.
- Start a gratitude journal.
- Turn off your technology for a day and slow down. Trust your intuition.
- Create a vision board to keep you focused on your picture of success.
- Write down your goals for the next six months.
- Refine your elevator speech, pitch, and Unique Selling Proposition.
- Archive and delete old e-mails.
- Write a note to your favorite old boss or mentor, telling them what they taught you and how much you appreciate them.
- Unsubscribe to all the e-mails, newsletters and other crap you receive but don’t care for.
- Take a book or audio CD off of your shelf and share it with a colleague, client, or friend.
- Think of three new ways to market yourself and your business.
- Update your resume, bio, and website.
- Learn and apply a new technology, skill, or application.
- Review your various Social Media groups and chats. Make adjustments as needed.
- Write down five things you’re afraid of doing. Do one of them. Then repeat.
- Subscribe to the blogs of five leaders in your field–or your competition.
- Make a list of 10 reasons you went into your profession and why you are passionate about what you do.
- Jot down 10 negative experiences you have had and what you learned from each of them. There is always a positive lesson to take away.
- Take a day off and do absolutely nothing.
- Write a personal mission statement that reflects your values and integrity.
Come January, you’ll be excited to greet the New Year and the endless possibilities that await you. Good luck! Oh, and Happy Holidays.
Susan Young works with professionals who want to supercharge their communication skills, self-confidence and success. She’s the President of Get in Front Communications, Inc., a public relations and communication training company. Susan consults with businesses and individuals on sales, reading body language, leadership, Emotional Intelligence, public speaking, news and Social Media. Sign up for her free 21-day video series “Speaking of Communication” at www.getinfrontcommunications.com. Follow Susan on Twitter: http://twitter.com/sueyoungmedia