What’s the secret to a good New Year’s resolution? I think the trick is picking something that stretches you a little, but not too much. You don’t want to aim too low, because then what’s the point? You also don’t want to bite off more than you can chew, or else you’ll have forgotten all about your resolution by February.
Seek the middle ground, and seize this opportunity for reflection, adjustment, and course correction! Let me recommend a few resolutions leaders can pursue, any one of which could significantly boost your effectiveness in 2017!
New Year’s Suggestions for Leaders of All Stripes
Get healthy. Yes, this is a catch-all, but it’s important that you do something to improve your own physical fitness—because it’ll only make you more productive in the long run. Become a more energized and cheerful leader by adopting a daily fitness routine, or making needed changes to your diet and sleep schedule.
Get a handle on your finances. You may have an entire team of accountants to handle your financials—but that doesn’t mean you shouldn’t have some baseline understanding of your company’s financial status yourself. Take some time at the beginning of the year to look at your debts, revenue forecasts, and more. Stay in the know about your basic finances this year!
Develop your personal brand. Spend some time becoming an industry thought leader and authority figure this year. Use social media and blogging to show off your industry expertise.
Resolve to take time off. Why not spend less time in the office this year? Recharge your batteries somewhere, and make that time in the office really count. Plan some vacation times today, and also set parameters for your personal life; ensure you’re spending some evenings and weekends with your family, not your work.
Learn something new. Enroll in a class this year—online or otherwise—or simply read some challenging books. Allow your skills and your knowledge to increase. You never know where they might take you!
Resolve to make improvements in the year to come—and think practically, as well as idealistically.