When the hustle and bustle of the holiday come to a close, and the clock strikes midnight on December 31st, a brand-new year begins. This means something different to everyone. Maybe a fresh start is on your horizon, or maybe you’re already feeling nostalgic for the extended family time you enjoyed just weeks earlier. No matter how you feel in the beginning of 2019, it’s an important time to reflect on where you are and where you want to be when 2020 rolls around!
Creating a new year’s resolution is the traditional way to committing yourself to bettering your personal and professional lifestyle—and let’s not forget improving the world you. This is no small task. And sometimes, though our initial intentions are good, it’s easy to fall back into our older routine by the end of January, abandoning our earlier goals altogether!
At OstermanCron, we’re working to make 2019 our best year of office furniture design. How do we plan to achieve such an important new year’s resolution? We’ve decided to break down our bigger resolutions into smaller, more obtainable short-term goals that we can measure and stick to throughout the year. By doing this, we hope to create a type of “snowball effect” for each one of our employees. And we believe this effect can be used for any size resolution and company, as long as you and your team stay committed.
An example of how OstermanCron is working to achieve this goes as follows: Let’s say our overall resolution is to get 15 new clients and update their office spaces to incorporate the latest trends in office furniture design within the first two quarters of the year. This is a great goal, but it can seem daunting when you’re starting out right at the beginning. We may wonder how to make this work, and most importantly, how to get everyone on board?
The key is breaking these larger tasks into smaller, more achievable goals.
When we do this, we’re able to see results quickly, which can motivate everyone to continue striving towards the overall resolution. In the example above, one broken down task might be making 5 cold calls a day or setting up lunch meetings once a week to allow us to network with someone in a related industry. Because these smaller tasks are measurable, they are also achievable, and they eventually lead to the end goal we initially started with.
No matter what type of business you run, this type of mindset can be extremely beneficial in making your long-term goals a reality and also making 2019 an enjoyable year!