If your like me, the end of the year is the least busiest and most busiest time of the year all at the same time.
Most of your clients are “winding” down and business is a bit slower than peak times; however, your personal life is “picking up” with holiday parties, kids at home, travel and gift purchases for everyone that’s not on the naughty list.
Balancing business and clients during this time can be tricky. Here are some simple ways to bring harmony in your business and family during the holiday season.
1. Consider working part-time – As we approach the holidays, clients and vendors may be vacationing and spending time away from work. This means they will be unavailable and pinning them down to a schedule may prove to be difficult. If you can, cut back hours to mornings only; peak performance times for most businesses. Focus your afternoons on creating your 2016 vision and setting strategy in place for growth in the new year. Working part-time will allow you to spend your time being far more productive that setting up reschedules and filtering voicemails.
2. Delegate your work load – Interns, Part-timers, and Employees may want to make earn extra cash around the holiday season. This is a great time to delegate responsibilities to maximize your time and efficiency. This is also a great way to search for employees who maybe ready to transition into new positions or take on more responsibility. Delegating your workload will keep the flow moving your office without you having to be on top of everything. Gain some time and give away extra cash to those who could really use it around this time of year and take a load off.
3. Be present– Take this time to focus on your family. This is such a special time of the year, so take advantage of it! The business can wait a few days and trust me it will be ok. With children at home for the holidays your productivity will likely be very limited anyway. Instead of attempting to juggle both, give your family the undivided attention they crave! This way won’t feel so guilty when you jump start the new year! If you can’t take off this year, take time to create a real strategy around being present next year.
Just a few simple reminders to choose joy in this season rather than getting completely overwhelmed. We all know how simple that can be. Prepare your heart and mind for the new year by taking some downtime while you can. You will feel refreshed, renewed, and have a greater sense of purpose in the new year!