"A New Year's resolution is a tradition, in which a person makes a promise to do an act of self-improvement beginning from New Year's Day."

Putting together a list of New Year's Resolutions became very popular in North America and there are entire industries that plan their sales numbers based on this tradition. Industries like gyms, yoga and dance studios, diets, etc. “New Year, New Start” sells very well.

What about professional goals? The end of the year is a great time to reflect on the past year and make plans for the year to come. Each year business owners make a list of self-improvements that help them to become a better business person.

We conducted a small online research and put together a list of the most common entrepreneur’s New Year's Resolutions for you. Are yours on the list?

1. Learn to delegate and start delegating more
There are multiple things to think of when you run a business and sometimes it may seem that it is easier to do everything yourself. Delegation is the key to a healthy and functional work/life balance, so learning to delegate should be on the top of your list for 2016.

2. Consistently promote your business on social media
It is 2016 and if you haven't gotten on Facebook, Twitter and you don't have a company's blog, it is time to step up your game and start using marketing content to your advantage. Get on the schedule and use social media platforms to promote your business daily.

3. Leave what's not working for you behind and focus on what does
It is hard to let go of the product, process or sales technique if you invested a lot of time putting it in place. But dropping a time-consuming process that doesn't work and building a new efficient one from scratch will pay off and save you time and money.

4. Meet more people in your industry - join a networking group or business organization
Meeting new people and networking is very important for any entrepreneur. Other business people may give you unexpected ideas and new contacts. Join a networking group near you and get inspired with like-minded business people.

5. Give back to the community where you work and live
Working together with other businesses and people to make your community better is a great goal for this year. You could volunteer your time or regularly donate to organizations you know need help and support and as it often happens; you might even meet new customers or business partners down the road.

6. Schedule some time for yourself
We are not machines, we are humans and humans need to take time to relax, recharge and enjoy life. If you can't afford to invest time in your health, well-being and doing things you like, you might want to review your schedule and work processes to improve work-life balance.

Learn more:

How to delegate: http://www.forbes.com/sites/martinzwilling/2013/10/02/how-to-delegate-more-effectively-in-your-business/ 
How to use social media to your advantage: http://www.forbes.com/sites/kymmcnicholas/2011/09/19/how-to-use-social-media-to-promote-your-small-business/#2715e4857a0b3847bd3a3bbf 
How to give back: http://www.entrepreneur.com/article/226974 
How to network: http://sbinfocanada.about.com/od/networking/a/networkingtipmh.htm