How To Handle The Holidays With Running A Business
Christmas Is Not A Time To Get Distracted
“Is that all you do is work? Why can’t you just come out and have some fun? Is it really that big of a deal?”
Those were the three common questions I received A LOT when I was growing my business in my early twenties. I was at a point in my life where I was sick of my full time job working in retail management, sick of the long hours and working for someone else. Yikes, I was only twenty one. I had a long way to go until retirement.. or so I thought. I was at a point in my life when I just wanted to give up, give in and at times just run away. I didn’t have a place to live or a place to call my own. I didn’t have a lot of extra money and I surely wasn’t able to save any money. So I worked, I hustled and I pushed myself. When you want something that bad you work for it without even thinking twice. You put things on hold and you don’t go out as much because you know you are so close to a breakthrough. There is no off season. There is no slow season. Why? Because when you have a passion to change the world your job doesn’t end or slow down. You are constant and steady, especially during the holiday season.
Things get so crazy and busy between November to January. There is hectic schedules – The kids may be home more and you may have more time off, so the whole schedule is out of whack and you probably say, “It’s the holidays. It is ok. I’ll just get back on schedule in the New Year.” My friends, now is the time to stay constant!
Let’s be honest here, I am pretty sure everyone knows that Christmas comes every year. I am pretty sure everyone knows when Thanksgiving is and when the New Year begins. This is NO surprise to us. It wasn’t announced on the news as a surprise, Therefore, we knew it was coming. We have time to plan and mentally prepare for the chaotic schedule that is going to come with the holidays. We have time to plan when we will work on our business, what new products we want to release or challenges we want to hold. All it takes it a little extra prep in the months prior.
Here’s a few helpful tips that I use to stay focused during the Holidays.
First thing is, always treat your business like a business. If you work at home for yourself then treat it just like you would if you worked in the corporate world. Get up in the morning and get dressed- show up! There is such a temptation to slack off when we aren’t seeing results, but you need to have the mindset of an entrepreneur. Show up everyday, schedule or block off specific “office” hours during the holidays. If you plan in advance It will all be worth it in the end.
Second thing is, establish you priorities. The daily steps that are non negotiable. Priorities are the things you should weigh everything else against. You need to align your business and goals with your priorities. Mind you, there is nothing wrong with having your business as a high priority. When the holidays arrive and you have to continue with the priorities that you established previously. You may turn some things down to stay focused, some people just may not get it or understand, but guess what? Thats ok! They don’t have to… You need to live your own life, not theirs.
Lastly, stick to your to do list. My to do list saves me so much time every day in my business. It is not about being busy, its about being productive. Write it out in advance whether it be the night before or first thing in the morning before the day starts. Do what needs done that day. Don’t write a whole weeks worth of to do’s as this can lead to being overwhelmed and feeling of failure.
These three things save me during the holiday times. I know in advance when I will be working and what my schedule will look like, this way I can enjoy every minute of my family time and down time.
Don’t let your business suffer because you let the holidays sneak up on you. To create the life you want you must create the habits for the life you want first! Plan, be constant and be steady.