Avoid the year-end and Christmas New Year blues
Yes, there is an alternative to solving these year-end and Christmas blues, http://goo.gl/fEb5J6 . Take time to find some new strategies to avoid them. It may be difficult when you have others depending on you for the completion of their tasks, but it is possible to make a difference in enjoying this hectic time of year.
Personally, I don’t like going on holidays at this time of year, with the millions of others. The traffic congestion along with the flies and heat in Australia is not conducive to my way of relaxing. I always find the ‘great shutdown’ as the best time of the year to catch up on all those personal and family tasks I have been putting off.
It’s not too early for you to start concentrating on what you need to do, what you must do, and what you would like to do.
Times are changing
Avoid the frustrations that will undermine your dreams. You can avoid your problems and frustrations by understanding more of what is impacting your business and your life and doing something about it.
The period leading up to Christmas and January holiday period has changed over recent years.
- The December/January period is still one of the most frantic times of the year, with the holiday rush and Christmas. The overall frustration of trying to do business when people are in holiday mode intensifies.
- The great Australian shutdown has emerged. Originally it occupied the week before Christmas until the end of the first week in the New Year. Now it seems to run from Melbourne Cup day, the first Tuesday in November to Australia Day in January.
- Many find they need to keep working flat out because they have been poorly organised throughout the year. They have not made the progress or profit they wanted and needed. Keep in mind it’s the business with the best-planned systems and processes that win and are able to relax.
Prioritise and take action well before the holiday period commences
Start now to maximise your productivity and enjoy your family activities over the coming holiday period?
- When will you be closing the business and how can customers receive emergency service? How will they be advised?
- Ensure you have sufficient inventory, or critical parts to carry you over the holiday period.
- Visit your business plan and look to clarify your vision for the future.
- Prioritise good opportunities to keep your spirits high.
- Look for activities to complete before February. Reduce worrying while relaxing.
- Schedule important meetings you need to have, now.
- Put yourself ahead of others who will be scrambling in the new year for customers and resources.
- If you cannot accomplish a critical task on your own, seek help before the holidays.
- Establish which key suppliers in your value chain will be available with capacity during the holiday period.
- Now is the time to start identifying backups. Be in a position to maintain your customer service, should it be required.
- If there’s a need to service customers or roster employees, don’t be left scrambling.
- Rework your budget. Ensure your finances are in order so you can stop worrying.
- Do what you have to do in order to look forward to starting the new year, relaxed and in control.
- Schedule activities for a flying start when everyone returns to work.
- Are there subjects you could be learning about over the holidays.
- Try and avoid customer call outs over the holidays, by initiating preventative maintenance programs.
Be different next year
Dissatisfied with how things turned out last year? Are you uninspired or bored with your business? Or do you perhaps feel like you’re fighting a losing battle?
- Give yourself and your people something to look forward to before they leave for their holidays.
- Perhaps you need to make some timely and tough decisions. Things won’t change until you do.
- Maybe you could start turning your existing business into a lifestyle business.
- Remember insanity is doing the same thing over and over expecting a different outcome.
- Look forward to a feeling of well-being over the holidays and into the new year.
- Do something different for an end of year celebration.
“A lovely thing about Christmas is that it’s compulsory, like a thunderstorm, and we all go through it together” . Garrison Keillor
“It’s beginning to look a lot like Christmas; soon the bells will start, and the thing that will make them ring, is the carol that you sing, right within your heart”. Meredith Willson
“I wish we could put up some of the Christmas spirits in jars and open a jar of it every month”. Harlan Miller