2023, I’m ready for you!
I’ve been thinking a lot about the past year, what went well and what didn’t, and how I’d like the next 12 months to look. If you’re going through the same process, I hope my thoughts will inspire you.
My Word for 2023
I’m at an age where many of my friends, clients, and former co-workers are retiring, but I’m enjoying myself too much to do that any time soon! Instead, I’ve decided to:
Free up time for my personal pursuits simply by eliminating tasks that don’t really serve me or my business.
Instead of spending time creating content that just adds to the noise of social media, I’ll focus more on connecting with members of the groups I run and others where I’m active. As an introvert, I compare this to skipping the large networking mixers where you get lost in the crowd in favour of smaller events where it’s easier to build relationships because you see the same people all the time.
Feature more of my own photography on my blog posts in the coming months.
Connecting my hobby with my business in this way will reduce the time I spend searching for the perfect stock photo, make my content more unique, and provide inspiration for future photos, while bringing more joy to my life and hopefully to my readers.
Grow my network of service providers for connecting clients with people who can assist in areas outside my wheelhouse rather than expanding my service offerings or my team.
In case you didn’t guess, my word for 2023 is CONNECTING. I am confident that the above steps, and others that will likely come to me, will help me to keep my business going strong without putting in quite as many hours as I have in the past.
Year-End Review and Planning Resources
If you’re looking for help in this area, I invite you to read one or more of my posts from previous years:
- Your Business Year-End Review
- Set Your Compass to Reach Your Goals for the New Year
- Planning for Your Best Year Ever
- Happy New Year to You and Your Organizing Business! (about the “one word” strategy)
And for a more comprehensive guide, I highly recommend my friend Julie Bestry’s Organize Your Annual Review & Mindset Blueprint for 2023.
My 2022 in Review
I often wrap up the year by describing books I’ve read, my photography projects, and other things that have happened in my life. Rather than rehash what’s already been posted elsewhere, I invite you to check out My Year in Books and to check out my ratings and reviews. For my photography, follow my personal Instagram account.
After engaging in a number of fun “away from my desk” activities in 2019, I had high hopes for 2020, but we all know what happened then. I’ve been getting back into things very slowly, and it’s been amazing gathering in person after meeting online for over two years. I was especially excited to perform with Women of Song at our first concert in three years.
At work, I improved my customer service a number of ways:
- Completed the transition of all my clients to my new and improved Website Hosting & Care Plan
- Emailed important news and information to my clients every month
- Conducted a Personalized Website Review with most clients to identify potential improvements
I also become better at saying “no” to opportunities that aren’t a good fit for me and will create more stress than I need.
Back to you
I’m looking forward to connecting with YOU this year!
Let’s start now – please leave a comment and share your “one word” for 2023 or something about your own year-end review and planning process.
Photo © Janet Barclay