Friday, November 28, 2014

Stay Focused on Business during the Holiday Season

3 Ways to Help Keep Your Focus throughout Thanksgiving and Christmas

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The holiday season is here and while it may be easy for us to get lost in the turkey, sugar plums, family and friends, as business owners we know how important it is to keep our focus on the business. It is a normal occurrence for professionals to lose focus and motivation during the time between Thanksgiving and Christmas simply because they are more interested in their personal lives – being with loved ones, taking trips, and holiday shopping – than they are on being dedicated to their job. While this is normal in most cases, it can often lead to problems within a business. Luckily there are some ways for professionals to combat the holiday laziness and keep their business on track.

Communicate Holiday Expectations to Your Employees

Holiday fever affects more than just business owners – this truly has an impact on everyone who works across the country. Employees lack of focus can have just as much of a negative impact on the business as an owners, so it is important to make sure the expectations for work around the holidays are set and communicated effectively. When creating this plan of expectations, however, it is important to keep the employees needs in mind.

The weeks between Thanksgiving and Christmas are usually filled with family activities, including children’s concerts, pictures with Santa, and family gatherings. Because of this, if your business operations allow, it may be beneficial to have a flexible holiday schedule, no mandatory overtime, and even a few extra days off for employees around the holidays. When a business owners shows their employees that they care, the employees are more likely to continue working hard.

Prioritize Your Tasks

Business owners have a ton of tasks on their plates at all times from payroll to meeting sales numbers for the year. But the end of the year is an especially busy time when you consider year end evaluations, next year plans, and everything else that comes with closing out a fiscal year. While the holidays fall around the same time as many year-end business practices, it is important to make sure you prioritize the items that need to get done and allow yourself to put off less important tasks until the New Year.

Also, do not over commit – understand your limitations and do not commit to extra work that will inhibit you from completing the other important items on your to-do list. Prioritizing your to-do list and keeping commitments to a minimum will help to ensure that everything that needs to be done gets done and also allows you to kick back, relax, and enjoy the holiday spirit with family and friends.

Get a Head Start

If you know the end of the year and holiday season is going to be busy, why not get a jump start on tasks that can be completed early? When the mid-year hits, take some time to sit down and decide what tasks will need to be completed before the end of the year. Then, take that list and assign the tasks specific completion dates. If a “year-end” task can be completed before the end of December, do it! This is one less thing on your plate for the true end of the year. Scheduling out your tasks will also help to keep you on track when the holiday season crunch does come around. Planning ahead and sticking to that plan will help to relieve a lot of stress as well as guarantee that important items get accomplished before it is too late.

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*Photo Courtesy of Ed Schipul via Creative Commons License

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