The snow is falling so it finally feels like Christmas and what is the one thing that all small business owners need, the answer may surprise you. It’s not an abundance of presents to be unwrapped by the tree but time off and we don’t mean spending a hectic time on Christmas and Boxing Day but a real chance to down tools and recuperate.
The term relaxing means reducing tension or anxiety so in other words to give your mind and body a chance to break free from the pressures and constraints of work. So how can business owners find quality space to relax amongst a house full of guests or excitable kids running around?
For starters the first couple of days before Christmas are often hectic adding to the stress with last minute shopping, preparations, and for some cleaning before the guests arrive. So, this probably isn’t the best time to consider shutting yourself away. Instead, finalise your diary understanding where you are going over the holidays or if you are expecting family and friends work out when they will be leaving.
Next consider these 7 ways to prepare yourself and find valuable me time over Christmas:
Depending on the business sector you work in will dictate whether you can truly shut shop or remain open. It’s easy to say close it down but this won’t always be realistic. But bear in mind that continuing to operate when you are running on empty may not be the best option for your business or your customers.
This year Christmas Day and New Year’s Day falls on a Sunday which means we are treated to an extra holiday on the 27th December and 2nd January. This is good news as most will be forced to take the opportunity and not venture into the office. Plus, there are the 3 days between Christmas and New Year which can provide a lifeline for stressed workers.
January is just around the corner and so too is the dreaded tax return an unfortunate irony to be dealt with in the first few weeks of what can seem like the longest month. If possible don’t put it off until after Christmas and instead plan to get this finished before you head home.
Whether you work at home or have a desk in an office there is nothing worse than returning after time off to a cluttered and dirty desk. Tidy and clean your workspace which will help to reduce stress and make you more productive when you start again.
Instead of waiting until January to conduct an end of year review gather your team and spend time trawling through the ups and downs whilst it’s still fresh in your minds. This will enable you to put the issues of 2022 to bed so when you return in the new year your team will be fully focused on plans for 2023.
Remember if you have a team, they too will have felt the pressures of yet another turbulent year at work. Schedule time to share positive thoughts with your team. If you have remote workers arrange a zoom call or send an uplifting email. This simple warming touch will provide reassurance helping your team to enjoy the festivities and return with a positive attitude.
With the year fresh on your mind jot down New Year’s resolutions considering how you feel now after a busy 12 months. This might include pledging to take more breaks during the year, being organised in your approach, setting smart goals or refreshing your social media content.
Being kind to yourself involves several aspects for example talking nicely so you hear positivity, not beating yourself up and trying not to compare yourself to others. These are simple things which if practised regularly can benefit your psyche and help tune into matters which sets you off balance.
However, this desired solace is almost impossible to achieve when you are burnt out, stressed, and feeling exhausted particularly when focused on growing a business and making money to support your lifestyle. So, unless you learn to find space in your diary to set aside time to shut off and look after your wellbeing the ultimate outcome will reduce the success of your business.