Winding up or winding down, the Christmas period can be a challenge for your business if you let it sneak up on you.
It’s easy to get caught up in all the excitement of the holidays. Especially if you’re busy.
Things can turn from cool, calm and in control into overwhelm quite quickly.
Here’s 5 tips to stop the Christmas scramble and keep control as you head into your new season.
Tip #1 Plan tomorrow today.
Get into the habit of ending your current workday by looking at the next. It’s the quickest way to get out the morning flurry that can tailspin your day into being reactive.
Knowing exactly what you need to do first thing in the morning means you can show up and start working immediately. You start your day by getting things done instead of spending the first hour figuring out what you’re supposed to be doing.
Remember to Eat That Frog
You’ll sleep better too knowing you’ve got the following day completely sorted.
Tip #2 Disconnect and take a break.
You’re not a robot. Even though things are busy this time of year, you are still human. You can’t be your most productive self if you’re constantly connected to the pulse of your business 24/7.
When was the last time you took a pleasure break?
Something for you. The human running the show. Not the CEO.
Disconnecting from your business is the fastest way to get out of overwhelm.
If you’re getting anxious thinking about stepping away from the laptop for an hour, start with just 5 minutes.
Sit outside on a bench. Make a phone call to your best friend. Watch the bloopers reel on YouTube of your favourite tv show.
Whenever you feel that sense of dissatisfaction creep in, where nothing you do feels good and ticking things off your do to list doesn’t light you up, it’s time to disconnect.
Tip #3 Delegation
You hit a point where you need to move most of the items on your to do list onto a to delegate list. Just because you can do it all doesn’t mean you should.
Especially when you’re the CEO.
Break up your to do list into how much it costs to get a task done.
Admin work is a $25 an hour job. Technology work might be a $80 an hour job.
As a CEO, the work you do should be worth $1,000 an hour.
If your day is filled with $25 an hour tasks then you’re not working at your CEO potential.
Delegation will free your time so you can focus on the big picture.
Keep it real. Is it really a priority?
In all the overwhelm leading up to Christmas we can start to lose sight of what’s really important.
Distil it right down.
Money making activities. Client work. That’s all.
When push comes to shove, those are they priorities.
Don’t let yourself get swayed into thinking anything else is essential to do before Christmas. It can wait.
It’s not the end of the world if it doesn’t all get done.
Finally, even if it is a priority, it’s not the end of the world if it doesn’t get done.
Your business won’t go bankrupt if you forget to send that one email.
If you don’t close that sale before Christmas you’re not going to wake up on New Year’s Day without a business.
Your business is a long game. You’re in this forever. Christmas is a blip on the timeline that is your legacy. And it’ll be business as usual when you open the doors back up.
Whether you’re winding up or down, take a moment to reflect on the incredible things you’ve done in your business and the incredible things to come.
And don’t forget to enjoy the holiday period.
You got this.
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