2020 has been… well, quite something! These are my reflections and small business resolutions for 2021
Do you usually do an end of year review? They’re downright essential for small business reflections and resolutions. But maybe the thought of 2020 is putting you off (I wouldn’t blame you). But if we’re going to ace 2021, we probably need to plan.
With a year like 2020 under our belts, the idea of coming out of survival mode can seem a little strange.
For me, 2020 has been nothing short of a rollercoaster ride of excitement and despair. For you reflecting on your small business, your journey to the end of 2020 will probably be quite similar.
But instead of looking at 2020 as an absolute disaster, let’s cast our minds back – if you can stand the horror – and reflect. I’m sure your small business has seen plenty of ups and downs this year. Hopefully we’ll be able to learn from them.
What we learned
2020 forced us all to batten down the hatches, close our doors and sit with ourselves. We’ve been forced to look at the life we’ve built. We’ve spent more time in our homes, reflecting on our houses, jobs, businesses, friends and family.
We lost the go-go-go startup mindset for a little while there in the sticky spring. Suddenly we were suspended in furlough, or working with a skeleton crew. Business for many of us was slow (for the lucky ones it boomed!)
This has caused some people to switch careers, move abroad or start a completely new lifestyle.
So… what did you learn?
I learned that I love my own company but that’s just me!
You’ve probably learned a lot about yourself and your business this year, which is such a great thing to come out of something as horrible as 2020.
No matter how great of a small business owner you are, these resolutions will help you up your game and ace 2021!
1 – Remember mental health
If there’s one thing to take away from 2020, it’s that mental health is so important! So many of us – especially you savvy business owners out there – are so caught up in the grind that you’re spreading yourself way too thin.
This year we learned that life and happiness are fragile things. So maybe instead of working until god knows what hour tonight, catch up with a friend or have a bath.
No matter how many hours you put in, there’s always going to be something more to do!
But dedicating a few minutes to your own mental health can be so rewarding.
On the other side of things, let’s talk about your co-worker’s mental health.
If you’re a small business owner or a manager, you’ve definitely got to take this one step further in 2021! Let’s revisit our mental health policies, support our team members and help them become their best selves.
Let’s lead by example and open up the conversation!
We’ve got a guide to help you do that here.
2 – Be generous
Maybe 2020 was the year that you recognised your privilege.
2020 was also the year that millions of students graduated into an abyss of a recession and a crazy job market.
With opportunities scarce, you have some incredible power in your hands.
Why not be generous with it? Message grads back on LinkedIn, offer internships or even just work experience opportunities. Give advice and time freely because you never know whose life it could change.
This is a big one for me because I know so many grads are feeling hopeless right now. Spending some time to chat with them could make a big difference.
3 – Do better
Sea sponges can live for 2,300 years. We’re alive for such a short, insignificant amount of time if you think about it.
I think that as successful people we need to make a habit of donating to charity, learning as much as we can and being committed to positive change.
I really think that a powerful way to do better is to invest in the way we hire. It’s the people around us that inspire us to make change! If you’re looking to expand your team while supporting diversity and young careers, check out DigitalGrads.