Welcome to 2019. I'll say it again: I don't do New Year's resolutions.
I make little changes all year long. For example, many years ago when I began to exercise daily, it was sometime in the spring, not January. Last August, I decided to reserve wine for (mostly) the weekends.
I've been thinking about tweaks I'd like to make in the new year as well as ones that might be attainable and beneficial little tweaks for fellow entrepreneurs.
1. Make the bed.
It's been years since I've regularly made the bed. My husband complains about the decorative pillows that are always piled up on the chair in our bedroom. Recently something in me shifted. I don't know why but I'm making the bed again, and it feels really good.
I recall reading that successful people make their beds every morning, so I turned to Google to learn more. I found this University of Texas commencement speech by retired U.S. Navy Admiral Seal William H. McCraven and author of the book, Make Your Bed: Little Things Can Change Your Life...and Maybe the World. McCraven told graduates that the importance of making your bed every day was one of the most important lessons he learned as a Navy SEAL.
"If you make your bed every morning,you wll have accomplished the first task of the day," he said. "It will give you a small sense of pride. ... Making your bed every days will also reinforce the fact that the little things in life matter."
I've never had a problem getting things done, but that doesn't mean I can't start with this one small thing.
2. Pay attention to your LinkedIn profile.
I've written a lot about LinkedIn. That's because I believe everyone has to do their own public relations. Nobody will ever care as much about your career as you, so spend some time on your professional profile.
A LinkedIn makeover client recently asked me what activities I recommend he do on LinkedIn to remain current and in front of people.
My response: Check messages and respond to them. Post articles of interest. Post about and upload photos from your volunteer activities. Like and comment on stories and activity shared by members in your network. Basically treat LinkedIn like your professional Facebook. Set a calendar reminder to get on LinkedIn a few times a week.
While I'm on LinkedIn daily, I have work to do, too. I want to freshen up my summary story and my small business experience. It's on my to-do list for early 2019.
3. Make more time for more books.
While I've had some good streaks, I haven't read as many books lately as I'd like. As recently as a few years ago, I used to consume a book a week. Books make me happy; they always have. So I'm going to find ways to devour more of them in the coming year. And I'm not talking business or self-help books, but rather novels and memoirs. You because you're in business doesn't meant you have to limit what you read. Expand your literary horizons.
I think it's a smart idea for entrepreneurs to read more. One, you learn something new. Two, it's relaxing, and you can't work, work, work all the time. Three, well read people are armed with lots of helpful conversation starters, which come in handy when meeting with clients or ... well, anyone.
But mostly reading more might just make you happy and fired up. Just like your freshly made bed.