Has 2018 Been Your Year?

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As December rolls around, we take the opportunity to look back over 2018!

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Has this been your year or have there been some missed opportunities?

Perhaps this year was a milestone or a personal achievement for you. If you got married, expanded your family or landed the dream job – congratulations. If this was the year for you to set goals and plan out your life – equally, congratulations. Sometimes to set the marker for what you want from life can be a bigger achievement, plenty of people sail through life not really knowing who they are or what would make them truly happy. It is a gift to have that clarity, so well done you!

In the news

This year, gender equality landed back in the headlines in a big way, with frustration over slow progress causing a number of protests and law changes. Iceland became the first country to set down legislation which enforces daily fines for companies who don’t commit to transparent and equal pay for all employees. The fact that this is seen as a victory in 2018 shows the lengths that are still needed across the globe.

If you feel in 2018 that you have missed an opportunity or been treated unfairly because of your gender (or any other factor) then 2019 is the time to do something about it. It is time to lose the boss who makes inappropriate comments, the manager who only promotes men and the team member who ignores your contributions and work somewhere you are not only appreciated but respected. If your concern is getting another job, look into going it alone. It might be intimidating but this is not the time to be held back by your fears, this is the time to be motivated by them! Being your own boss has a multitude of advantages and there is zero discrimination!

GDPR and The Cambridge Analytica scandal changed the way we think about our online privacy. Consumer behaviour has changed as a result and we expect the ramifications of that to continue into 2019. With changing consumer patterns come fresh challenges as a small business owner, so remember to continually test the markets and do your research.

SmartPA’s Most Read

SmartPA’s most read blog of the year was about successful diary management – so perhaps a lot of you are struggling to manage your time. First time business owners and the self-employed often don’t know how to prioritise effectively, so why not read the blog and put an action plan down on paper? Carve out slots in your day for emails, meetings and thinking time (perhaps the most important). Productivity will affect what you can achieve next year, so think carefully.

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