2016 Agency Resolutions
We all make some kind of New Year’s resolution every time December 31st rolls around. But those are usually personal. This year, we decided to set aside some time for resolutions at our agency.
I called 2016 the year of the Apple, (no, not Mac apple). Newton’s apples because that’s how gravity and physics started. Right? So instead of saying the basic, “New Year, New Me” that drives every one of our creatives crazy, I figured it was better to start this year off with a piece of high fiber fruit.
Anyway, now that we’ve had a week or two to mull over our resolutions, here’s what we came up with:
More like time sucks. But even though they’re really not much fun to do, they do serve their purpose because it’s how we ultimately get paid. If you don’t log how much time you spent on certain projects, your clients won’t get billed accordingly, the company doesn’t bring in money, you don’t get paid, you can’t pay your bills, you get kicked out of your house, you live in a box under an overpass, and you find yourself only talking to Harold, your best friend, who is really just a squirrel that hangs around because you set up your box where he buried his nuts. Don’t end up in a box with an angry squirrel. Do your timesheets.
Because it won’t get done if you just assume somebody else is going to do it. If you smell a smell that you think is coming from the trash can and it’s not, please, PLEASE find the source of that skeevy nose inhabitant. Clean space, clean mind, clear nose.
Better New Business Efforts
Obviously. What company doesn’t want new business? By setting this resolution, we hope to actively seek new business opportunities, but also simplify our procedures of how to handle these efforts and maximize our resources.
We started this resolution before we even made it when we created a task calendar on our new chalkboard wall, and it’s working so well for prioritization and designations that we plan to keep it going. We’re also keeping up with structured status meetings, and it’s working great.
Fewer Fingers In Fewer Pies
Although this saying is WAY less common than I originally thought, we all agree that we want to get better at this. As a small agency, we all wear many hats and there is a lot of crossover of responsibilities. But sometimes it hinders the very best we can do by knowing who owns what projects. And it all comes to what we do best: communication.
Regular Team-Building Activities
This one time, we all planned to go bowling….in November. Needless to say, we still haven’t gone bowling. But making the time for office activities that don’t include work is important. They serve as de-stressor and can really energize the workplace. Not only that, but trust and openness are two things we value (and need) here, and that happens by making everyone feel comfortable with one another. And the best way to do that? Team building activities!
Written by Jess Mayo.