\’Tis the season to be jolly – and also to be productive! The holidays can be a stressful time for business owners, with all the extra work and responsibilities that come with the season. But that doesn’t mean you can’t enjoy the holidays while still keeping your business running smoothly! Here’s a guide to help you enjoy the holidays while successfully managing your company. Set aside some time to plan, prioritize, and delegate tasks, so you can get into the holiday spirit while still achieving your business goals. Make sure to take time to relax, too – after all, the holidays are meant to be enjoyed! With a few simple strategies and a positive attitude, you can successfully manage your company while enjoying the holidays!
Identifying Areas of Stress
While the holidays can be a great time to catch up with friends and family, they can also increase stress levels. Whether you’re hosting a holiday party for clients and partners, attending an office party, or traveling to visit family, there are extra pressures that come with the holiday season.
If you’re feeling stressed about the holiday season, there are a few things you can do to help reduce that stress. Acknowledge what is stressing you out, whether it is travel, gift-giving, hosting a party, or something else. Once you have identified the source of your stress, you can come up with a plan to help reduce it. You may want to consider booking a vacation, hiring a gift-giver, or coming up with a few simple recipes to make the gift-giving season less demanding.
Planning Ahead and Prioritizing Tasks
Managing a company while enjoying the holidays requires planning ahead. Doing so gives you time to make the necessary preparations, so you don’t have to rush around at the last minute. Start by checking your calendar so you can plan your schedule ahead of time. If you have a lot on your calendar, you may want to talk with your team members about having them take on some of your tasks so you still have time to take care of yourself. Additionally, you should make sure to keep your to-do list nearby so you can check off items and stay on top of your responsibilities.
Delegating Where Possible
If you are able to do so, delegating certain tasks to your team members can help lighten your workload and allow you to focus on other tasks (both personal and professional). If you have a big project coming up, you can also consider breaking it down into smaller tasks and assigning them to different team members.
The neat thing is, delegating can also be a great way to give team members an opportunity to step up and feel like they are contributing to the team!
Think outside of the normal delegations, for example, If you are hosting a holiday party for clients and partners, you can pass the baton and assign these tasks. The tasks can include:
- ordering food and drinks
- arranging the decorations
- greeting guests when they arrive
- And more!
Taking Time for Yourself
We often tout the importance of taking “me time,” but it is critical to do so over the holidays. Frankly, business owners often struggle with making time for their family and friends, but that is not always on you! Oftentimes, everyone’s calendars are full, however many people make this time of year a social priority. Therefore, clear your calendar ahead of time so you can enjoy your family and friends.
When scheduling this time you may also want to take some time to rest! If you are hosting a big party at your house or traveling to visit family, take a few additional days off to recuperate afterward. Doing so will help you stay energized and focused on your work come January 1st.
Finding Ways to Save Time
Even though the holidays are a busy time of year, there are a few ways to save time and become more efficient during the busy season. Try to batch similar tasks together and do them at the same time, as opposed to doing them throughout the week. This can include things like scheduling conference calls for the same time every week, or having team members rotate doing certain tasks each week, like taking notes during team meetings.
You may also want to try using the different tools and apps that are available to help you save time and stay more organized. For example, you can use tools like online scheduling tools or online collaboration tools to help you stay on top of your workload, as well as stay connected with your team members.
Celebrating with Your Team Members
The holidays are a great time to build team morale and celebrate your company’s yearly successes. You can also use this time to acknowledge and celebrate the successes of your team members. For example, if you have team members who have been with your company for a while, you can celebrate and acknowledge their tenure. We also suggest hosting a holiday party or celebration at your office, or having team members come over to your house for a holiday gathering. If your team is primarily virtual, you can still host fun virtual gatherings!
The holidays can be a great chance for you to spend time with your team members one-on-one, celebrate your successes, and boost team morale.
Creating a Positive Work Environment
The holidays are also a great time to focus on ways you can improve productivity, create a positive work environment, and foster team collaboration. You can do this by encouraging your team members to step outside their comfort zones, try new things, and learn from each other. This can help spark creativity and lead to new ideas and ways of thinking.
Setting Boundaries with Clients and Partners
If you are hosting a holiday party for clients and partners, you will want to make sure you set appropriate boundaries and find ways to set and communicate these boundaries to your clients and partners. This can include things like setting a cutoff time for the party, communicating any food allergies that may be present, and making sure the party stays appropriate for the setting and guests.
You should also consider setting boundaries with clients and partners when it comes to gift-giving. For example, you can set a limit for how much you spend on gifts for each client and partner. Additionally, create a gift-giving policy to help you stay organized and make sure you get gifts for everyone.
Taking Care of Your Mental and Physical Health
Finally, it is important to take care of your mental and physical health during the busy holiday season. This can help you stay energized, focused, and positive throughout the busy season.
To start, make sure you are getting enough sleep, eating healthy meals, and exercising regularly. Make an effort to not allow work to take over your life. Try to set boundaries for yourself so you aren’t letting work consume all your time and energy.
Remember, while the holidays are a great time to celebrate and spend time with friends and family, it is important to make sure you are taking time out for yourself so you don’t burn out from all the excitement and festivities!
If you need help executing any of the suggestions listed above, that’s what we are here for! Schedule your complimentary discovery call today and get ready to manage your company while enjoying the holidays!