The Christmas festive break gets longer each year. Many industries ‘shut down’ for almost a month; Winding down in mid-December and not returning to full speed until mid-January.
The upshot; 11 months of income but 12 months of expenses. A good reason to make sure next year is well organised and financially viable.
If you’re flat out in the run up to and over the festive period, you’ll probably find your quiet time is January or mid-summer. Whenever it is, this still applies to you!
You need a break; some family or ‘me’ time and do something different. A great time to give your head a rest! But it’s also hard to completely shut off from your business. If you feel a little guilty…. Don’t.
This guide will help your business withdrawal symptoms. Here are 33 important things that you can do if you want to.
|How to Become a Productivity Ninja by Graham Allcott
|Leading by Alex Ferguson
|Work the System by Sam Carpenter
|The Pumpkin Plan by Mike Michalowicz
|The Referral Engine by John Jantsch
|Start with Why by Simon Sinek
|Profit First by Mike Michalowicz
|Get a Grip by Gino Wickman
|Grown-Up Business by Shirley Mansfield
|Talk Like Ted by Carmine Gallo
If you haven’t read The Pumpkin Plan by Mike Michalowicz then get this now. It explains how to do this and has lots of great examples of these exact scenarios.
Business is touched by so many different things that you don’t control. The Brexit and US Presidential votes are good examples. Christmas is a good time to ponder what might happen (or not) in the wider world. Think about changes, issues and trends in each of the following areas:
What are your competitors planning and what are your customers thinking?
A long walk is great thinking time. As you begin your walk ask yourself a tricky question that you’ve been tackling, Say it out loud and forget it. Your sub-conscious will go to work on it whilst you’re walking. I’m sure you’ll have an answer or at least a clearer view of the problem when you get home.
Most of us make them; only to break them. An alternative could be…
They’re too important to leave to the last minute; time to re-charge your batteries, clear you head, mull something over or just think.
How many and how long? That’s entirely up to you. Some find a week is enough, others need 2 weeks or longer. Long weekends can be good and some survive with the ‘odd day off’. For me the key is when you get back you already have the next one booked.
If you’ve reached Christmas feeling exhausted, worn out, over tired or ill; you'll need more holidays (or breaks) next year.
Make your list of dates and places. Put the dates in the diary now, then get the laptop out for a bit of holiday research!
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