What can I do to make 2020 a successful year?
If you’re reading this right now, then you’ll most likely be excited at making 2020 more successful than the last year.
For us at VWDC, we don’t only want to make this year better than 2019, we have big plans to get that done.
And of course if you’re in an economy like ours, considering all the not-so-good economic projections, there’s a lot of reasons you should be bothered.
But then, no matter how bothered you are, your year 2020 may not be different from 2019 unless you decide to do things differently.
So the question is; what can you do differently, to make 2020 a better year for you?
Below are some of the steps you can take to make 2020 a more successful year for you…
Learn a new skill.
If there’s something peculiar about the 21st century it is the fact that things change so fast. With the current technological revolution, a lot of changes are taking place at a very fast pace.
With this, a lot of formerly unimportant skills are becoming very popular. Skills that were not needed in the past 5-10 years for instance are being in high demand today.
Take for instance, social media manager. Such skills was not in demand some years back. For some 10-15 years ago, there was no need for a skill like social media manager but today, people are hiring social media managers.
Same thing goes for jobs like Virtual assistants, Coding, Data analysts etc. These skills were not in demand in some 15-20 years ago. But today, the demand for these skills are increasingly becoming higher.
On the other hand, a lot of the other skills that were being needed 15-20 years ago are also giving way. With the job and opportunities that comes with them.
This is why it is becoming increasingly important that you learn more skills.
It doesn’t matter that the available market skills right now are those that may not be useful for you, in the nearest future. It may become very handy at a later time in life.
Also, instead of learning just any skill, you can focus on learning a new skill that can complement whatever marketable skill you have at the moment.
So if you’re a Graphics Designer for instance, you can learn about Content Marketing and get certifications for it.
If you’re a Content writer, you can also learn about Copywriting or Social Media Marketing.
Find a new skill that complements what you know and learn about it.
Start a side business or hobby
Another way to make 2020 a more successful year year is to get some side income that can support whatsoever is your main job.
To do this successfully, you’ll want to start a new business or develop your hobby.
For a side business, you can start an online business or work up something that can still run without needing most of your time.
If you’re already running an online business, you can work on including things that can generate passive income for you. Like publishing a book, running affiliate programs etc. as part of your new or side business for the year.
On the other hand if you’re not a fan of starting a business, you can work on developing your hobby. It doesn’t matter whether your hobby is writing, singing, painting etc. Whatever it is, work on becoming so good at it.
Decide to make this year the year you’re going to put up effort to use any extra time you have to develop your hobby so much so that you become the reference point at some level In that industry/niche. It doesn’t matter your hobby can be playing the guitar at your local church.
Work on making t better and become the best right there.
You never can tell if the particular hobby will yield the big break you’ve been waiting for. Or set you up as the next Oprah or Zuckerberg or Megan Duckett of whatever industry you’re in.
Saving is inevitable if you must become better financially. In fact beyond saving, find suitable opportunities and invest.
This is an even faster way to make some good money, save and invest.
Work on spending far less than you earn. Budget your expenses. Of course I can agree it’s easier said than done most times. But, you can decide to fix a limit on the amount you spend on daily basis.
It makes you responsible. Helps you plan your life, expenses and keeps some money back for you in case of emergency situations.
With recent economic projections, you can’t go about spending all your money without a budget and expect 2020 is going to be better. It doesn’t work that way.
As a business owner, budget and take care of your business first, before personal expenses.
There are some events you’ll want to cut out to save expenses if you want to make 2020 a better year.
There are some parties you’ll say a big NO to and some fancy things you’ll have to postpone for your own good.
As an entrepreneur, you’re going to have to budget for business and personal growth first because if you don’t you’ll definitely crash out of business.
And most importantly, you’re going to prioritize your need. Save and focus on spending on the most important things only.
Get a certification
In 2020, it’s far cheaper to get certifications than it was 10-20 years ago.
Right now, with as little as 50 US Dollars, you can learn a skill, get online certificate, badges and use them on your CV.
You don’t have to wait to get thousands of dollars or hundreds of thousands of Naira before you get certifications from some credible institutions. You can start with a little token from your savings.
There are also free certifications from trustworthy organizations like Google etc. These are certifications you don’t have to pay a dime to acquire online. There are lots of them out there.
Decide to get at least one or two of these in 2020 to enrich your CV and broaden your knowledge.
In 2020, volunteering has become not just a way of giving back to the society but a way of spreading your brand name and getting known for some good purposes.
For individuals, volunteering has also become a tool to get some certifications and win some bragging rights.
In fact as a small business, Volunteering could even serve as an opportunity to promote your business and inspire your potential clients.
It can also be a tool to help you demonstrate your expertise or grow your portfolio, especially if you’re starting out.
So, to make 2020 a better year, decide to make volunteering part of your goals this year. Find areas you can make a difference, go out and make a difference in an exceptional way then tell the world about it.
Work (Hard) Smart.
If you plan on making 2020 a better year for you, your business and your personal life, then working hard is inevitable.
You can’t help it. It’s logical you have to put in better effort than you did last year if you’re planning to see some better results than you did.
But instead of working just hard, plan on working smart. Working smart involves using every means to get the job done, faster and better.
In the course of your business, find out if it’s possible to outsource some tasks. If it is, outsource them. You’ll get some more time left.
If it’s possible to use smart tools or other alternative means to get some jobs done at a faster rate, do just that. Don’t wait to sweat it all out just to demonstrate you’re working hard. This doesn’t make sense.
Focus on getting more done at a shorter time.
Live your life fully.
Finally, to make 2020 better than 2019, you have to live your life fully. Get your life planned and work with the plan.
Do the things you’ve always wanted to do to make your life better, happier. Take those steps you’ve always wanted to take.
Don’t wait for a better year or time to do them. Don’t wait for another year to get better. Live as this is your last shot. Give everything you do the best of you. If it doesn’t deserve your best then don’t do it.
In everything you do, decide to stand out and excel. Make it your one and best shot.
Decide to start living the memorable life you’ve always wanted. Start creating the impact you’ve been waiting for. Don’t postpone it anymore.
Manage your time effectively and decide to prioritize and put things in their proper perspectives and you’ll see how you’ll create for yourself, a rewarding year.
As I wrap up, you have to always remember, making 2020 a better year is what you have to do for yourself. No one will do that for you.
After all the prayers, New Year resolutions, goal setting and planning, everything all falls back on you. You’re the center, the creative director and manager of your life.
Begin to create the beautiful experience you want for the year already. Will You?