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Entrepreneurs must do the following five things differently in order to succeed in 2016

It’s that time of the year again – new business resolution time. Every year, hopeful entrepreneurs bust out their “to-do” list for the new year. They come up with many different goals and dreams that they hope to accomplish in the new year.

I am not one to rain on your parade if you believe that a New Year’s resolution will solve your problems; I simply believe that changes will take a lot more than a simple list of wishful thinking. Funnily enough though, I too am a contributor to the New Year’s resolution nonsense. Over the years I’ve made my fair share of failed resolutions; you might even say I am an expert at it.

Entrepreneurs must do the following five things differently in order to succeed in 2016:

Treat Every Day Like a New Year

Do you know why people make resolutions every year? They do it because it creates an illusion of starting over. It makes them feel like they’re getting a second chance, a “do-over.” This time around you must reverse engineer that feeling by making every day a New Year’s Day.

Set Only Short Term Goals

One of the main reasons people quit on their promises is because they feel overwhelmed. They have too many things planned and not enough time in which to do them. They set too many long term goals which makes working towards them feel like a never-ending cycle, making their dreams seem unreachable. To solve this, I propose to set only short term goals.

Break the workload into small pieces that you can accomplish daily. This tactic will force you to finish what you started working on earlier in the day; and since short terms goals generate a reasonable degree of workload, you can close every work day with a win.

Stop Multi-tasking

Do you ever feel as though you have just spent a day at work but you can’t even remember what you worked on? Well, that’s what happens when you try to do multiple things at once. Sure you’ll probably do a little bit of everything, but in reality you’ll end up with nothing completed. Multi-tasking just makes you feel busy – another illusion to get rid of, because being busy doesn’t mean you’re being productive.

Try focusing on one task at time and I guarantee you’ll not only get more done, but you’ll do it more efficiently and with better results.

Do Only What You Know

As entrepreneurs, we often want to do everything ourselves instead of hiring professionals for help. We do it to save money, and also because the idea of giving someone else control scares us.

Don’t overwork yourself: do only what you know how to do, for everything else outsourcing is the best solution.

Make Quick Decisions

Don’t’ over complicate things: decide quickly, it’s better to make the wrong decision than to make no decisions. In business, you never really know what’s going to work so you might as well just do it. And luckily for you, your business is still young so even if you do something wrong, you’ll have plenty of time to recover.

These are the five things you’ll need to do differently in order to enjoy a successful year in business. I am not quite sure when you’ll be reading this, but regardless of today’s date, please consider it your New Year’s Day.