We’ve done it. We’ve got through 11 months of the year, and we are in the final stretch. Welcome to December!
December is a short month for most (hospitality and healthcare excluded) industry professionals, but for the rest of us we receive and/or take some time off leaving it, realistically, a three-week month.
We start to see people take time off and try to finalise end-of-year goals and next year plans.
Christmas lunches, dinners, parties, and Balls start to fill calendars and we also need to find time for shopping – gifts for family AND clients.
The pressure is on to get everything organised, to fit everything in and not let the little things slip by.
Additionally, we might also be juggling our personal lives and trying to get some rest and relaxation in before the big day arrives.
As much as it might feel like it, December is not a time to give up on your business.
In fact, it’s a great time to take your business head-on and get some serious work done.
Equally important, is not forgetting to take some time for yourself.
Here are a few tips on how to stay focussed on your business during this busy time:
1. Define your main goals – When planning your time off, make sure you have a long-term goal set for yourself. This will help you stay focussed when the pressure starts to mount and you find it harder to stick to your original plan.
2. Create a timeline – Setting a timeline will help you stay organised and avoid feeling overwhelmed by all the tasks that need completion before Christmas Day. divide up the tasks into smaller, more manageable chunks, so that you can focus on completing each one without feeling stressed out or overwhelmed.
3. Get organised – Having an efficient office will help you keep on top of deadlines and tasks without having to spend hours messily jumbling papers around or searching for misplaced items. Having a system in place will also mean less stress when it comes to organising your time off!
4. Delegate and outsource as much as possible – If there are things that can be completed by someone else, do everything possible to delegate them securely and efficiently so that you can focus on more important tasks at hand. This includes setting up meeting times with colleagues or clients, so that everyone is clear about what is expected of them and when it needs to be delivered!
5. Take regular breaks – Even if you’re working on a specific task for an extended period of time, it’s important to take regular breaks to stretch, walk around and clear your head. This will help you avoid feeling overwhelmed and stressed, which will lead to less productivity.
6. Reward yourself – Finally, give yourself a pat on the back for all the hard work that you’ve done throughout December! Treat yourself to something special (perhaps a day off?) so that you don’t lose focus or motivation during this busy month.
Provided that you are organised and have a timeline in place, December is a great time to focus on your business. However, make sure you also take time for yourself so that you don’t get burnt out.
Stay positive! Don’t get caught up in the negative thoughts that come with being overwhelmed – focusing on the good will help take some of the pressure off.