Hello Readers! Happy New Year! I posted my 2015 New Year’s Resolutions on LaurenBergerInc.com today. The tough part isn’t coming up with the resolutions, it’s sticking to them. If you haven't taken the time to write down at least 3 New Year's Resolutions - please give it a shot. I know it seems cheesy but this really is the time for a fresh start and a #FreshSlate as I keep saying. Below are some thoughts on how I’m going to stick to my New Year’s Resolutions for 2015:
1. Looking at the Calendar in its Entirety. As CEO of InternQueen.com, I have quite the tricky schedule. As those who follow me regularly know, I’m always traveling, up in the sky, or running around to meetings, or making myself available for conference calls or Twitter Chats – I don’t have much control over my day-to-day. I wake up in the morning, check my google calendar for that day and move forward with it. I don’t really look at the week or month from a bird’s eye view. That changes as of now. I recently purchased a really cute desktop calendar (see it HERE) from Staples so I can plan by the month. I bought color coded post-it notes (you can buy them HERE) that correspond with every part of my business. I’ve covered the calendar in colored stickies so that I know what part of the business I want to work on – and what days I’ll work on them. To better describe what I’m talking about, see my Instagram post with my master calendar HERE. For those of you still in school, you could use a similar calendar system and instead of the post-it notes being different parts of your business, it would be different classes at school. Try it!
2. Not Setting Deadlines But Meeting Them. Setting deadlines isn’t new for me but I’m really trying to improve how I go about meeting them. I use my desktop calendar to set different deadlines for myself. One of my New Year’s Resolutions is to write more content for the site (like I am now!). I gave myself a deadline of Sunday, January 4th to be done with all of the January website content for both InternQueen.com and LaurenBergerInc.com.
3. Coming Up With Calendar Dates for Things NOW. There a few things that I know will need to happen in the first three months of 2015. For example, I will need to do an evaluation with our spring interns three times over the course of the semester. I know that I’ll need to have weekly calls with my team, etc. Instead of waiting to put these in the calendar as they happen, I’m being PROACTIVE and putting everything I can think of in the calendar now. Hopefully this helps streamline our planning process. I encourage you to put whatever important calendar dates you have for the first three months of the year in now. For example, you might have spring break, dates papers are due, dates you know you’ll have to work on papers, friend’s birthdays, or school events.
4. Do the Hard Things First. We all sit down at our desk to study or to work and automatically do the easiest stuff first – or the stuff we enjoy most. I’m definitely guilty of that. In 2015, my goal is to sell, sell, sell – and sell more! I want to keep fresh new companies coming to our site to post internships. Instead of starting my day by checking email (something I sometimes enjoy too much), I’ll start by selling (something that isn’t so easy to do).
5. Look Over the Numbers Carefully Each Month. I have some lofty company financial goals for 2015. In order to make sure I meet them, I must look at the numbers very carefully and take the time to analyze them after each month. Where is the money coming from? Is the money coming from the places I thought it would come from? Where are the unexpected expenses? How much are we spending each month?
It's going to be a great 2015 and I look forward to all of us sticking to our New Year's Resolutions together! #InternQueenFamily