Themes – Create a Theme for a Prosperous and Meaningful New Year
It’s 2014! At this time of year, it’s natural for us to pause and reflect on where we’ve been and where we want to go. Was 2013 all that you wanted it to be? We hope so, but maybe not. One of my favorite quotes for each day is actually a great one for ending a year too.
“Finish each day and be done with it. You have done what you could. Some blunders and absurdities have no doubt crept in; forget them as soon as you can. Tomorrow is a new day; begin it well and serenely and with too high a spirit to be cumbered with your old nonsense”. – Ralph Waldo Emerson
The important thing is to rise about our mistakes, learn from them and start anew. For business owners, it’s especially important to raise our minds above the daily fires for a moment, take in some fresh air, and elevate our perspective. Creating an annual theme is an easy and fun vehicle to do just that. Deciding on a theme for the year will give you a focus and a new perspective on your work, your routines and your goals. It can be highly rejuvenating to look at things through the lens of your new theme.
Ideas for themes are limited only by your imagination. Here are some possible themes:
- Organizing, detoxing, or cleansing. Consider cleaning out your office, upgrading your systems, re-designing your filing system, or going on a cleanse or a vacation or a retreat that will leave you feeling healthy, refreshed, clutter and worry-free.
- Growth – Personal or Professional. You might want to consider growth-related themes, such as productivity or profitability. You might also want to develop a new skill such as learning a new language, developing your computer skills, or taking a philosophy class at your local junior college.
- Abstract themes, such as abundance, creativity, or diversity. At the risk of sounding a little fluffy, an esoteric theme might be just what you need in 2014. A theme with abundance will allow you to think big, be abundantly generous with others, and search for large contracts. A theme with diversity will challenge you to be more open-minded. You may also want to consider forgiveness, gratitude, humility, or service.
- Relationships. Your year might be dedicated to meeting new associates and building business relationships. Your action item might be to spend more time networking, participating in groups, or going to your industry conference.
- A new product or service. Perhaps you’re launching a new product or service and need to focus on developing this new line of business.
- Giving back. On a personal note, you might value volunteering and decide to organize your year around a couple of volunteer opportunities. This brings me to another one of my favorite quotes – “Help others to achieve their dreams and you will achieve yours” – Les Brown
- Exploring. If you’ve retired or the business is starting to run smoothly without your day-to-day input, it might be time for that trip around the world.
- Going Green – Consider going paperless storing documents out in the cloud instead of printing on paper, or turn off equipment when they are not in use. When purchasing new equipment also look at energy saving options.
As you choose you goals for 2014, make sure the majority of them support your theme for the year. Themes can bring an overarching focus to our practices and our lives.
Dailey Bookkeeping Services wishes everyone a Happy, Healthy and Prosperous New Year!
Do you have other ideas for themes? What’s your theme? Let us know what your theme is and we’ll share ours! If you are in need of help with your New Year’s goals, Dailey Bookkeeping Services would love to help you . The owner, Jacqueline Dailey is a Certified Public Bookkeeper, an Advanced Certified QuickBooks and QuickBooks Online ProAdvisor, a Sleeter Group Certified QuickBooks Consultant and a Xero Certified Bronze Partner. We work remotely so we can work with any company located in the U.S. If we can help you with this process or provide you with custom reporting, please give us a call. If we cannot help you, we will refer you to someone who can!