January is here and before you know it it will be February! Time flies when you’re working hard doesn’t it?
You know, I actually like Mondays. I know what you are thinking and you are probably thinking, “Why would anyone like a Monday?” Well, I’m here to tell you why, and maybe you will like Mondays more too. I’m also here to tell you that January is like a month-long Monday (in lots of ways) and how you can use that to benefit your business and your employees too.
Why I like Mondays
Okay I may have exaggerated a bit, Mondays are not my favorite day of the week but I do like them.
The reason for this is because Mondays feel like a fresh start to me. I ate junk food this weekend but that’s okay; it’s Monday now and it doesn’t even count! Didn’t exercise as much as I wanted last week? That’s okay, it’s Monday and I’ll just go ahead and take that Orange Theory on my lunch hour (I actually do this on my lunch hour on Monday and I really like it!).
Monday is very forgiving about last week and it just wipes it all away and says, “It’s okay; just start fresh today!”
Refresh, reevaluate, set goals
Did you notice some things last year in your business that you realized needed refining? Now is the perfect time to set goals.
Even though it’s not January 1st, it’s still the perfect time to change things up or redefine your focus. Think of January as the ultimate Monday. It’s a time to refresh, reevaluate, and set goals. Don’t forget to write them down!
Empower your employees
It takes a lot of self-motivation to start and run a business. How can you motivate your employees?
Millennials will make up nearly half the workforce by 2020. How can you motivate a millennial? Millennials respond well to goal setting and being involved in the process.
Ask your employees where they see the business going and what goals they would like to set with the business. You might be surprised by what they say.
How to do it
- Set goals – write them down, think about the long term and short term.
- Motivate employees – ask them what type of goals they have for themselves and for the business.
- Set an action plan.
- Stay positive – the goal is progress, not perfection. Be kind to yourself if it doesn’t happen the way you want the first time. Just keep working at it.