At the end of the year we posed five ‘awkward’ questions to challenge you on your personal approach to your work. Now that 2016 is well underway, we thought it might be good to shift the focus forward with five questions to help you look to the future.
1. Planning: what are your goals or aims for the coming year? Think big and ask yourself what is your overall objective for the next five years. What steps do you need to take to achieve it?
2. Finance: do you know your income from your outgoings? Got a budget in place? Even if you’re a seasoned budgeter maybe it’s time for a review or if you’re new to it, why not give it a go!
3. Support: got a strategy for maintaining and growing your support team? Myles Wilson, author of Funding the Family Business suggests that you should aim to spend around 10% of your working time on an ongoing basis to relating to your supporter team. Does that surprise you?
4. Health: do you really spend enough time on fitness and healthy living? If not, why not start by making one change for the better. Try something simple like walking more. The benefits extend further than just a healthy body.
_5. Retirement: when was the last time you gave this more than a fleeting thought? Ignoring it won’t make it go away, so take time to read our paper on retirement and make sure you have a plan in place to fund your retirement. For background on pensions see: http://www.moneysavingexpert.com/savings/discount-pensions
So there you have it - 5 key points of consideration at the start of each year. Got any others? Feel free to share your thoughts in the comments below.