5 Tips to Getting Your Business Through the Holidays

Running your own business is S-T-R-E-S-S-F-U-L-L, the holidays can be even more S-T-R-E-S-S-F-U-L-L, so how do you juggle both without completely losing it?  Between holiday parties, shopping, family get-togethers, it’s easy to fall off the grid all together.  Your customers may not even notice your absence as they are likely just as busy as you, though you don’t want anyone wondering if you’re still in business come January after a two month sabbatical.

1) Create a To-Do List – Write down what you want to achieve between now and the New Year and stick to it.  If you use Gmail as your primary email, Google Calender is a fantastic tool if you aren’t already taking advantage of this feature.  It can also sync right up with your smart phone so you have your calender/to-do list with you at all times.

2) Plan Ahead- Do you already have plane tickets booked to visit family for a week?  Head over to Buffer or Hootsuite and get your social media posts scheduled out during that time.  Another recommendation is to ensure you know how to check your email from your mobile device, so you don’t miss out on replying to your current or potential clients.

3)  Take Notes – Keep your phone or an old fashioned notebook with you at all times so when inspiration strikes, you can easily jot them down. This is ideal for when you may be traveling or away from your home office. This is actually good to implement all year round. Some of my best, most creative ideas, come to me as I’m drifting off to sleep, so I keep a notebook beside my bed.

4)  Get Rest & Eat Right- It’s sounds so cliche, but it’s absolutely true!  Nothing saps your creativity like exhaustion.  Make sure in between parties, shopping, traveling you are adequately resting and eating right.  I love naps.    

5) Don’t Sweat It – If all else fails and you DO drop off the radar during this time, understand it’s not the worst thing that can happen.  What you’ve built over the past 10 months won’t self-destruct quite this easy, especially if you’ve done a little planning ahead.  Relax!  This time of year is supposed to be enjoyable!

So Eat, Drink, and be Merry!  What are some of your tips for surviving the holidays?

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