Rock Your Business This New Year

Rock Your Business This New Year

December 21, 2017

Our Year In Review

As 2017 comes to a close we at Bento are reflecting on all that we’ve accomplished over the past 12-months. Last December we announced that we were rebranding the business to BentoSMB in an effort to expand.

In the coming months, Bento was able to relocate to a larger office which allowed the business to expand in a way that wasn’t feasible previously. New clients and more work required us to fill up our office with new hard-working team members that understood Bento’s vision. The team quickly grew from two members to six and a few short months.

The last few months have been a whirlwind, from hosting multiple events to becoming an incorporated business. We’ve been quite busy. Although we’ll continue to be busy in the new year, we couldn’t be more excited. We have events to announce and projects to reveal that we can’t wait to share with you!

Achieving Your Goals

This time last year we shared a post outlining the key principles we recommended to follow in order to successfully complete your goals. This included reflecting on your past year’s goals, setting SMART goals (specific, measurable, action-based, realistic, and time-bound) for this year, then getting organized so you have space to truly focus on achieving those goals. Our team used these principles in combination with other tools, like ‘Quarterly Rocks‘ in order to make our priorities clear.

Our advice this year is to follow these principles and set your own quarterly rocks for 2018, then commit to completing them.


Quarterly Rocks

So wait, what exactly are ‘rocks’? Your rocks are clear priorities that will govern where you will put your primary effort each day of the quarter. The best way to organize this process is to reaccess every 90 days (quarterly) in order to maintain focus on your overarching 1-year vision.

The secret to getting ahead is getting started – Mark Twain.

Pushing through the initial planning stages can be rough, but you can rest assured it makes the process easier. We know everyone gets busy, but you only have to reassess your goals 4 times a year. If you stick with it, you will find goals easier to achieve, and in a more efficient manner. This is exactly what helped Bento achieve so much in its first year!

Follow these steps to begin establishing your rocks for your first quarter (Q1), then work on your initial goals for your overarching vision. Read the full article here.

Steps to establish your rocks:

  1. Let your team list everything they want to accomplish in the next 90 days.
  2. Narrow down the list to a few true priorities for the entire company.
  3. Assign due dates.
  4. Assign ownership to each company Rock.
  5. Let team leaders set their own Rocks.
  6. Create a Rock sheet to refer to in weekly progress reviews.
  7. Share the Rocks with the entire organization.
  8. Have each department and team member establish an individual set of Rocks to support the company.

 Stones stacked by a river.

Once you have established your rocks and worked toward them, have a quarterly meeting to see how far you have come. There will, inevitably, be goals that you hit the mark on, and those where you didn’t. There may even be a rock that didn’t get started at all. That’s okay. Planning, naming your goals, and making them public helps hold you accountable, and also helps colleagues see where they can collaborate and help one another to achieve their rocks. Rocks are a team effort.

Whether you’re a small, medium, or large business we think this exercise is a great way to start 2018 off on the right foot.

Here’s to an amazing 2018! Happy New Year, everyone!

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