Personal or professional, one thing pops into our minds in December… your New Year resolutions. And, while I’m not exactly sure where resolutions came from, I can’t say I’m against the idea – but I think there’s a better way to go about it than setting goals to hit $10k next month or posting every day on Instagram.
A New Years resolution for female entrepreneurs shouldn’t be something that pressures us into “performing better” in our business. They should be about finding joy and balancing your business and personal life.
Don’t make it something you have to check off your list, make it something impactful. Something that can influence your decisions daily or inspire you to take action when you would otherwise hold back.
Let’s just say I’ve been around the business block a few times. I’ve owned the six-figure business, I’ve taken working vacations, I’ve been preoccupied every weekend – I’ve been there, kay?
Now, the point I’m trying to make is that, from experience, there are resolutions that can hype you up and ones that can tear you down. We’re gonna focus on the ones that can hype you up – so, let’s look at the top seven New Years resolutions for female entrepreneurs in 2024:
Take 2024 and make it the year you focus on joy. Focus on finding joy in business, in your community, in your relationships, and your actions. Make those “feel-good” decisions instead of the ones that bury you in pressure or anxiety.
And you can take it one step at a time. Start by eliminating the things that affect you negatively – what takes away your joy? How can you outsource or modify the process to lessen the impact? Is this something you have to do or can it be done in another way?
It can be as small as choosing your favorite coffee cup in the morning or choosing to not work the weekend.
The opposite of what you’ve seen in the past, I’m sure. But, this year, take a moment and slow down for a bit. You don’t have to hustle to succeed. Take a year to step back and focus on finding clarity in yourself and your business.
This doesn’t mean you have to let go of your clients and completely walk away from your business (although it is an option), just take more time to feel out your decisions and direction.
I’m not talking about sitting down to watch the latest episode of Love Is Blind and sipping an iced vanilla chai latte for an hour, I’m talking about real self-care.
I’m talking about intentionally setting aside time to take care of yourself by doing something you enjoy or that allows you to be pampered. For example, getting a facial or taking time to focus on your non-monetized hobby.
Personally, my idea of self-care is taking a weekend vacay to destress and relax.
Did you know that when you take time to rest, you’re able to show up as your best self? And while good sleep is one part of it, it also means mentally clocking out of your business.
To rest mentally, you’ll need to learn how to balance your personal and professional life. You can start by having “off” times. During these off times, you don’t work – you don’t even respond to or open emails related to your business!
We’re going back to balancing your personal and professional with this one. Try and spend more time with your family as your New Years resolution.
All too often we get wrapped up in our businesses, our business growth, and hustling to be successful that we begin to drift from our families. We’re unable to spend as much time with them as we like – why not change it in 2024?
Spend less time in your business and spend more time with the people who support you and that you love to support.
Set boundaries with yourself and with your clients this year. Be honest with yourself about what you need to feel comfortable and stick with it! Respect yourself and your time and clearly communicate your expectations – and limitations – with your clients.
Setting boundaries can be an extremely uncomfortable and exhausting process. You can subvert some of this by scheduling out your email responses and setting up systems for your offers, leaving less room for clients to try and deviate from their contracts.
It’s so much easier to set boundaries, find joy, rest, and slow down when you’re in love with your business. But, starting your business with the best intentions doesn’t necessarily prevent getting frustrated or becoming unhappy with where your business is now.
Take 2024 and fall in love with your business again. Find your way back to the spark that initially drove you to get started, to what led you to become an entrepreneur.
My New Year’s resolution includes all of the above! In 2024, I’m focusing on finding joy, slowing down, and spending more time with my family, friends, and myself.
The past few years have brought so much change to my life, changes that took some time to adapt to. I’m keeping the healing, the love, and the appreciation and leaving behind the anxiety, insecurity, and fear.
I can’t wait to see what 2024 brings.
What’s your New Year’s resolution? What’s one thing you want to focus on in the New Year? Let me know in the comments below: