Last month I shared about my favorite year-end ritual, and today I'm sharing an exercise that's both simpler and quicker to work through. I was introduced to this tool by my friend and colleague, Valerie Koenig—founder of Business Plans Hawaii, and President of The Alternative Board in Honolulu.
What will you stop, start, and continue in 2024?
In a nutshell, that statement is the exercise! As a business owner, you can answer the prompt twice—once for you, and once with your business (or side-gig, passion project, etc.) in mind. I'll share my reflection below to illustrate how it works.
🛑 Three things I will STOP doing in the new year:
- accommodating other people's feelings, schedules, priorities, and needs at the expense of my own
- accepting egregiously flawed systems and support without pushback or call outs for fear of losing access to the shamefully limited resources available as a caregiver
- being time poor, racing the clock, and in a perpetual state of stressed, panicked, or anxious “doing”
👍🏽 Three things I will CONTINUE doing in the new year:
- daily pages / morning writing practice
- moving my body, but more consistently
- inviting help / delegating to our caregiver and support squad
✅ Three things I will START doing in the new year:
- adopt new self care habits, namely rescheduling my missed appointment at Brain Health Hawaii, massage therapy, and additional personal wellness practices
- podcasting/vlogging about my caregiving journey
- get a dog by the end of 2024*
For my BUSINESS
🛑 Three things to STOP doing in my business in the new year:
- being afraid of hiring (vs. only contracting)
- bending/flexing to create custom offers or packages
- allowing for run-away expenses and fees, and cash flow hiccups
👍🏽 Three things to CONTINUE doing in my business in the new year:
- deepen use of existing tech stack + automations (e.g., Searchie, Zapier, ConvertKit, WooCommerce, etc.)
- blogging and content development, but more consistently crafting content in batches during periodic creative-focus days
- investing in professional development, but pause on courses and certifications for a year and secure 1:1 coaching or other comparable advising or mentoring
✅ Three things to START doing in my business in the new year:
- rebuild website on Showit
- adopt use of a CRM and establish integrated audience nurturing strategies
- hire first employee and file S corp election
How about you?
Did you give the YearCompass a try? Will you use the prompt featured in this post? What other rituals or practices do you employ to reflect and plan–especially during the transition from one year to the next? Would love to hear what has worked for you! Send me a note or share here in the comments.