The holiday season can offer both distraction and opportunity. Here are tips to
make it work for you rather than against.
Once again it's the holidays. Halloween is done, Thanksgivukkah hits this weekend and then it's on
to Xmas, Kwanza and of course New Year's. If you are not careful the whole month
can be a useless bunch of distractions and parties that disrupt business and
take things off track.
It doesn't have to be this way. With some prior consideration the holidays
can actually be a very productive
time. Use these 6 tips to make the holiday season
your most powerful time of the year.
1. Get caught up on projects.
The holiday season
brings a number of days that are useless for business, offering some much needed down
time. Some days will end early and others will have offices
closed. You can use this time to catch up on projects, reorganize your work
environment or even set out some strategic planning. Sit down this week and look
at the calendar so you can plan to make the most of every extra hour.
2. Reach out to long forgotten contacts.
Most everyone has people in their contact list they have been meaning to talk
to but just couldn't get around to calling. Eventually you feel embarrassed for
not reaching out or following up. The
holidays are the perfect opportunity to make contact with those you forgot or
abandoned. A simple note, call or email in the spirit of the holidays will allow
you to ask forgiveness and restart the relationship on a cheerful holiday note.
If serious neglect was evident, try sending a good bottle of wine with your
3. Save on much-needed equipment.
Ready for some new computers or equipment? Black Friday is not just for
consumers. Companies can also get great savings on electronics and other office
needs. Take stock of your current office inventory and hit the sales. You can
get in some last minute tax
breaks and get the business fully equipped for the New Year.
4. Refocus your strategy.
The end of the year is a great time to reassess your current business plan.
As the books come to a close, it's a great time to gather everyone together and
evaluate the year. Most people are in an end-of-year, reflective state of mind
so take advantage by asking them to write down a few thoughts. Then you can use
a slow afternoon to have a group discussion about your preferred
future. Take notes and be ready to implement some change in the
5. See everyone you want to see.
The holiday season means lots of parties and gatherings. This means many of
the people you need to see will be conveniently gathered in the same place.
Don't miss out. Go engage with the people with whom you need to network and have
fun doing it. If they aren't scheduled to be where you want them, host your own holiday
lunch or party so you can get in some quality face time.
6. Show people your creativity.
Holiday greetings are nice, and many include an extra "Happy Holidays" in
their email signature. But this is actually a great opportunity to show valued
people that they are important to you. Go that extra step. Create a fun
video, card or gift that shows you are willing to give thought
and effort to make people feel worthy and important. Who knows, it might be just
the thing to close that deal or gain that extra opportunity.
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