It might sound weird, but one of my passions is vacationing. My wife and I are adventurers and we love to explore new cities. Our anniversary falls on the 28th of December, so typically, we’ll go away for a couple of days without the kids. Over the years we’ve had some great trips including, Niagara Falls, Rocky Mountain National Park, Savannah, and Santa Fe. Being from Florida, we love to go and find snow. However, because of how busy it was in the fall of 2015, we decided that this year we’d have a New Year’s Staycation. In today’s post, I’ll share about our staycation and how it parallels with what good entrepreneurs do at the start of a new year.
Building Strong Relationships
Because of how busy life can get, I really wanted to make some memories for my family and pour into my relationships. Somewhere between Chuck E. Cheese and playing putt-putt golf, I’m pretty sure I built some good memories for the kids. On our anniversary, my wife and I went to Winter Park and sat outside for hours talking about life, family, business, and the future. During the two week period, my goal was to invest in my relationships and make them stronger. It really got me thinking how we take relationships for granted so often.
The truth is, due to the craziness of life and business, sometimes you’re relationships will be strained. Not on purpose, but simply because you don’t have enough time to dedicate to everyone. When you’re a leader, everyone you know will pull on you for your time and attention. You’ll unknowingly neglect someone and not even realize that you’ve hurt their feelings. At the start of this year, my purpose is to reconnect and invest in the relationships that matter most to my life. These relationships include my family members, staff members, and my close friends. I started by making a list of people who I want to invest into and who deeply matter to me.
Get Organized and DeClutter
Sarah and I worked on our house on three separate days during our two week staycation. The first day was redecorating our girls bedrooms. This included new paint and decorations. The second day was cleaning and packing up Christmas lights. The last day of work was filled with organizing closets, electronics, and our home office. If we hadn’t used it in the last year, it went into the donation or trash pile. We also cleaned out our office and I was able to fix up a couple of technology issues in our house that were bugging me. Looking at our house now, I can honestly say that I love it and nothing is bugging me.
Entrepreneurs already have too many things on their list to do. They often feel overwhelmed with all that has to get done. Sometimes the small things keep us from doing the things that really matter. When we redecorated our girls’ rooms, it took a lot of work, time, and money. But it was a huge innovation to our house and would have never gotten done had we not focused on it first! In my business, part of the new year will be for our team to refocus on what is the most important thing. There are a lot of things that seem important, but what are the most important things? I’ll have a meeting tomorrow with everyone and we’ll discuss these things. What matters most will go into my planning system and everything else is going to the recycle bin.
What About New Year’s Resolutions?
While you might call building better relationships and being organized resolutions, I don’t. To me, they are ongoing goals for the new year and areas I want to improve in. Because most new year resolutions don’t last very long, my goal is to do better, not to be perfect. I realize that storms will blow in in 2016 and I want to be prepared for them. With my relationships, by proactively reaching out and connecting, I’ll receive extra grace when life gets a little crazy. By decluttering and organizing I’ll be able to say “no” to all the noise before it monopolizes my time. It really comes down to principles and deciding what your life will be like ahead of time. Being proactive instead of being reactive!
So what about you? What’s 2016 going to be like for you? I’d love to hear your New Year’s tips for entrepreneurs.