Small business advice personalized for those who are new to business
The holidays are upon us! Don’t the holidays always seem to come and go so quickly? Especially as a business owner, the holidays just seem like one giant blur. If you truly want to enjoy the holidays, you need to be intentional with your time and your efforts.
Here are 3 tips for life balance during the holidays:
Decide what are the most important things for you this season. If you want to celebrate certain traditions, write them down to make sure they happen. One of my favorite holiday traditions is watching cheesy Hallmark Christmas Movies. I don’t watch a lot of TV usually, so this is a special treat. But if I don’t set the intention and make the time, there’ll be no movie watching for me. Also take the time to think about what is necessary to accomplish in your business and what can wait. There’s very little time between the holidays and the new year, so make sure to think about your January and first quarter plans as well.
As far as your business goes, give yourself permission to not do a bunch of holiday themed things, especially if you’re just thinking about this now. Pulling something together last minute might be too stressful and unfruitful to worry about. Instead, think about what you want to do next year and make a note in your planner or calendar around next July to get started with your holiday plan. As a business owner, you always have to be three to six months ahead of everybody else.
2) Set Boundaries
The only way you’ll be able to watch those Christmas movies and bake those cookies is to set boundaries around your work and your life. Say NO to anything that’s going to distract you from your goals. If taking on a last minute client request would mean skipping Christmas Eve, say no. If organizing the charitable bake sale doesn’t fit in with your season’s goals, say no even if it’s a good cause. This is part of setting boundaries.
3) Take Time Off
It’s completely okay to take time off from your business and enjoy your holidays. Work ahead, push deadlines, and delegate to make the time possible. Celebrate the holidays how you want, you deserve it.
Happy Holidays! And as you’re thinking and making your new years plans, consider hiring a business coach to help you DIY and bootstrap your passion into a profitable business. Your first call is completely free with no obligation to continue, you can see if I’m the right coach for you.
Hey! My name is Christine and I'm an entrepreneur and small business coach. I've learned most of what I know through trial and error. I help women who are new to business to take their next steps with confidence and clarity.