With only a few weeks left to go until we all have a well deserved break over Christmas I thought I'd share with you the key 6 things I have on my to-do list! It's tempting to start slowing down but getting just a few things done and prepared now will help you take a complete break and make things a little easier during the first week back in January!
1. Focus on getting invoices, records and little admin things as up-to-date as possible. Those little things that you're storing in your head or keep meaning to do might be floating around ok now but after a good break and plenty of bubbles during the festivities you might forget about them. Get everything written down and complete as you can now to save scratting around or totally forgetting in January!
2. Think through your seasons greetings! For example are you going to send your customers and contacts Christmas cards? Are you going to schedule an email to go out with your best wishes? Are you going to send your best clients a little token of your appreciation? Make a plan now so you're not doing a last minute dash around.
3. Schedule your business social media posts for Dec 21st - Jan 8th. During these 3 weeks things can be really busy at work and home so pre-schedule a few posts to go out, even if you just wish your followers 'Happy Christmas', 'Happy New Year' and let them know when you're open, it's one less thing to think about.
4. Write a blog post or two for December and early January. For the same reasons as above I like to get my last blog post before Christmas and my first one in January written and scheduled now as I know I'll be distracted / busy / not quite back with it ;-)
5. Reflect on your successes this year. It's so important to recognise your progress and achievements. You've worked hard all year so noting the things you're proud of with help you go into the break feeling good!
6. Set new goals for next year. You'll probably naturally think about what you want next year to look like during the holidays but it's good to have a few things written down whilst you're still in 'work mode'. At least try to have a brief action plan for January as I don't know about you, but it always takes me a little while to get my 'head back in gear'!
How can you better prepare for the Christmas break?