During the holiday season, it can be difficult to manage the year end rush while balancing family and business holiday parties. This is the time when you need to focus the most. Year end is when people reassess their goals they made at the beginning of the year, and make a push to meet those goals during the end of the year.
As a business owner, being on top of your game means having a plan, answering emails, and being available to serve your customers. Be ready to take on more clients as well, because there are people out there who need your services. The more prepared you are to take on the work, handle the current workload, and also be present for family and friends, the better your year-end will be.
How Do You Achieve It All
The answer is by careful planning. When you plan your day, week, and month, you budget your time and can allocate what you spend your time on the important matters that need your full attention. This means planning to exercise, planning for decent sleep, planning for family and friends, and making sure you always budget time for your business operations and sales processes into your schedule. I firmly believe that those who plan well are those who achieve great things.
The first place to start is with you. Dive deep. Ask yourself why you are going after certain goals and objectives. If it is for you, you will stick with it. If you are going after certain goals to make someone else appeased, you will never stick with it. Building your foundation of why you are going after your goals is the first step towards effectively planning. Yes we all want more time with our family and quality friends, a sexy body and amazing health, and a thriving business that would make class reunion a breeze, but you need to plan out the details. Success in each of these categories is extremely different for each person, this is because we are all unique, have different desires and wants, and also needs.
Where Do I Go From Here?
Grab a special planner that allows you to write in what you will do each hour. Plan each and every hour of the day, and can get right down to the minute. It may be daunting, but it is your life and you’ve got to be the change you want to see, it helps to build discipline. To prevent overload, start with a small list of tasks each day, and build from there. For example, if you want to do something to improve your health, relationships, and business, you can start a daily list that looks like this:
- Work Out At Gym for 1 Hour in Cycling Class
- Spend time with best friend Jessie downtown
- Complete 4 big projects today for clients and send 5 follow-up emails
Keep it simple silly (kiss). The further down the rabbit hole you travel, the more you will find clarity on what you need to do, who you need to spend your time with, and the clients you want to serve. Make it happen. Your values will align with what you think, say, and do in your health, relationships, and business categories. Keep it really simple, and start small. Once you get good at completing small tasks, allow yourself to take on more. You will eventually get to where you can do more, be more, and become more.
You Are Worth It
No one said keeping on the straight and narrow would be easy, but I can promise you that you are worth it to improve and save your life. Make your life better, and keep going no matter how small of a step you take. There will be distractions, failures, and setbacks. Take inventory, heal yourself, and get back on the path. It’s like that one quote that goes something like this…
“What is more important than achieving your goals is the person
you become while you achieve them.”
As you go about your holiday season to wrap up the year-end, and get ready for big improvements in 2018, remember to become a person of value and to serve those around you. Be ready to serve your clients, help new business develop, and be present for your loved ones.
Happy New Year – See you in 2018!