December is a busy time of year: gearing up for 2019, big sales and order volume for the holidays and new year, family events and friend get-togethers. But… like… you still run a business. So how do you manage it all?!
Because we know you’re super busy, we’re going to keep it quick with this post and jump on in to our top 3 tips to get focused, refocus when you lose focus, and ultimately keep you on track to start 2019 strong.
#1: Plan for time off
Stress & scrambling is no bueno during the holidays, so plan ahead. Know what you have coming up: what posts need to go out, what blogs need to be published, what promotions are kicking off the new year (or closing the old one), etc. Once you are aware of everything that needs to get done, you can plan to get it done around your holiday time. We strongly recommend planning for even more time off than you think you’ll need. Life happens, so get ahead of the curve. Yes, you might have to work a little harder now, but you’ll thank us later when you’re stuffing your face with delicious holiday food.
#2: Schedule & delegate
Seems obvious, we know. But be aware of time that you’ll need off your holiday-related things so that you can have things scheduled out or delegated beforehand. We actually just spoke all about this on Sol Studio’s article How to Take a Proper Social Media Vacation. Now that you’ve planned time off, you know exactly what needs to go out when you won’t be available. So schedule that sh*t. Taking the time to think a little further into the future now will make sure you’re still showing up consistently throughout the holidays.
#3: Shut it down
No, no, we’re not saying close down your business for the holidays. Though, if that’s something you want to do, feel free. It’s actually quite common, especially amongst brick & mortar shops. No, we’re talking digital things. Shut off your computer. Put your phone on silent. If there is any time of year where you deserve to take a legitimate break from being the boss, it’s during the holidays. Prioritize having a bit of fun, experiencing some of the holiday magic and really spending time with your loved ones (because they do put up with your entrepreneur lifestyle the rest of the year).
We hope these little tips help you get ready for the holidays. If we don’t speak to you before then, enjoy the season and have an absolutely magical New Year.