The holiday season is supposed to be full of joy and celebration. For busy small business owners, it can be difficult to embrace the holiday season when you’re schedule is full of projects or you’re working on plans for next year. For the health of you and your family, it’s important to keep stress in check over the holidays. Below are a few tips that can help.
Heading into the holiday season, take note that colleagues and clients are likely to be a little less responsive this time of year. There are a lot of distractions, so projects may not progress as quickly as usual. Give your project schedules a little padding so that you won’t be off schedule.
If at all possible, consider cutting back your hours a bit over the holidays. A planned reduction in hours can help reduce stress about income and productivity. If you’re able to cut back on your hours during the holiday season, be sure to let your customers or clients know. You don’t want to confuse or frustrate them by being unavailable at a time they’d expect you to be open.
If you notice that one day’s schedule is a little lighter than other days, step out of the office for a little while to do some holiday shopping (or shop online). If you’re able to get some shopping done while most other people are at work, there will be less of a crowd and shorter lines.
Assemble members enjoy 24 hour access to our shared offices, so you can head back to the office and finish the day’s work at anytime. You’ll be able to work with fewer distractions after normal business hours.
Holiday parties can be a lot of fun, but they can also cut into productivity. Determine which holiday parties you need to attend. If one is across town and would require you to take a lot of the day off, consider skipping it. Or if you decide to go, keep the booze to the minimum so you can head back to the office after and finish up your work.
Take a deep breath and realize what the season is all about. Being busy is a good thing. It means your business is successful. Using the holiday season to celebrate the year with colleagues, friends and family is a great way to regroup for the new year.