But it's easy to get caught up in the day-to-day grind and before you know it those resolutions are a dim and distant memory.
Here are some tools that can help you be more organised and stick to those resolutions, making it easier to achieve 2023's goals.
Set aside time each week to focus on your business. Make sure that you book this time into your Outlook or Google calendar and set a reminder. It lets others know you're not available and, crucially, reminds you that you're not!
Microsoft OneNote is a fabulous tool to help keep you organised. You can keep task lists in it, make notes, write your social media - whatever you would use a note book for, you can use OneNote. Best of all, download the app to you phone and it will sync back to your PC. You can make notes or add tasks to your to-do list while out and about and all the info stays in one place, making it easier to gather everything together when you're back in the office.
This is my personal favourite for keeping up with my various task lists and keeping myself on track.
Trello enables you to easily organise and allocate all your tasks via boards, lists and cards. On each card you can add checklists, due dates and attachments as well as other functions. The free version allows users up to 10 boards in a workspace and as many workspaces as you want, making it easy to compartmentalise and track the different areas of your business. It is a great tool for visual workers and it's really simple to get started.
You can even share boards with others, enabling you to work with clients in the same space. Like OneNote you can download the Trello app to your phone so that you can keep up with your to-do list on the go.
Fond of a spreadsheet? You can use Excel to keep you organised.
List your goals on a worksheet, break each one down into individual tasks, then add some conditional formatting to highlight deadlines and overdue jobs and you're on your way!
You could even set up charts to show you how much you've achieved and how close you are to reaching your goals.
If you're still struggling to get that accountability then maybe a spot of co-working will help.
Small business owners rarely have colleagues to keep them accountable and this is where Zoom or Teams can come in really handy. Buddy up with someone else - a fellow business owner, your partner or perhaps an ex-colleague, and book a time for co-working. Agree what you're going to work on then show up at the agreed time and work at it. At the end of the session each of you reports back on how much you've achieved. The result? You're a bit further on to hitting your business targets and as a bonus your carbon footprint stays small.
I hope you find some of the above tools useful for getting your business into shape for 2023. If you need some support getting the day-to-day admin done so you can achieve this year's goals then get in touch for a no-obligation chat.