5 Ways for Business Owners to End the Year on a Positive Note

07 December 2017

As the end of the year approaches, many start to feel the impact of end of year fatigue. During the last few weeks of 2017, end on a positive note and start laying the foundation for a successful new year. Many businesses either find that either things start to quieten down, or the other extreme and find the last few weeks of the year chaotic – often packed with finishing off projects and attending many social events. Whichever scenario you find yourself in, here are five ways to end the year on a positive note in business.


Exercise gratitude

The end of the year is a great opportunity to exercise your gratitude – especially as a business owner. Show your team that you are grateful for all their hard work during the year in whichever way you see fit. Thank your clients, networks and partners for their support. Write a gratitude list for yourself on all the things you are grateful for about yourself, your business and the year that has passed. Prioritise spreading gratitude always, but make a point of it especially in the last few weeks of the year.    


Celebrate the wins

During the year everything tends to get very busy and often, overlapping the completion of one task, project, deadline, meeting or event is the next thing to work towards. There is not always dedicated time to celebrating the wins and as the weeks roll into months, before we know it we are starting a new year. It is important to reflect on and celebrate all the personal and business achievements along the way and the end of the year is the perfect time for it. Highlight the wins and as a business acknowledge them and create a way to celebrate them: could be with a team building function, an incentive event, an internal awards ceremony or even an end of year speech at the office.   


Reflect on the challenges   

Every business and individual faced challenges in 2017, some more than others. Reflect on these challenges, learn from mistakes and decide how you would do things differently going forward. Face your failures with a growth mindset and learn from them. Reflecting on challenges is an effective way to deal with them, then let them go and move forward into the new year on a positive note.


Create a plan

This is all about spending some time laying the foundations for a successful 2018; the most effective way to do this is by creating a powerful action-plan that will outline your and your team’s strategic and operational activities for the next quarter. Spend time strategising about how you want the start of the next year to look: what will you focus on; what will need to change; what are your longer term goals; how will you approach things differently.   


Find balance

As mentioned earlier, the end of the year can be an extremely busy time. It’s important to find balance where possible: the balance between taking time off and the final push for the year; the balance between spending your time between work and loved ones; the balance between celebrating the wins and learning from the challenges; the balance between finishing off tasks for 2017 and creating a new plan for 2018.


And on that note, thank you to all of our clients, partners, fellow business owners, friends and family for your continued support and a fantastic year.