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As the holiday season is almost upon us, most of us are looking forward to some quality time with friends and family and to ‘forget’ about our business (and let’s be honest see the back of 2020). But at the same time, there is no doubt that little voice is still there, running through the ‘to-do’ list that exists, because business never really stops does it? Alongside all those great ideas we’ve been thinking about all year, but never got the time to do anything about. This holiday season, more than any other in recent times, is a time for reflection and to get some good rest, especially as Covid-19 continues to look like it will still be with us as we move into 2021.
2020 has been tough, so its no wonder many of us as business owners are feeling tired and really needing to take a break, it may even feel like Christmas is just a huge effort this year. And if that’s the case for you, please remember to be kind to yourself.
So whether that looks for you like taking some quality time away from the business to spend with friends and loved ones to rest and recharge or doubling down and getting a head start for the new year we wanted to share four non-work related things you can do over the holidays to help set your business up for success in 2021.
1. Set your personal goals and vision
As the business owner you are the heart, soul and driving force of the business. Often the business goals will be closely connected to your personal goals. At the end of the day, most of us start our own businesses because we want to work for something we really believe in.
The holidays are a great time to review (and maybe update) your personal goals and vision. If you start the year with clarity around what you – personally – want to achieve in 2021 it will be so much easier to set the goals and direction for the business once you’re back in the office.
Four non-business books that can teach us valuable lessons about #BusinessGrowth and #Leadership
2. Read non-business books
There are numerous non-business books that can teach us valuable lessons about business success – in a fun and interesting way. Here are some of the most recommended ones.
- The Deadline – A Novel about Project Management
- Moneyball: The Art of Winning an Unfair Game
- Hornblower: Beat to Quarters
- Getting There: A Book of Mentors
- The Happiness Project
3. Reconnect with people – you never know what it could lead to
The holidays are often the time when we see those people who are not part of our everyday lives. Make the most of it. Remember, positive word of mouth and personal recommendations can be incredibly valuable to any business. Maybe second cousin Tom has a friend who will need your business services in 2021… And that doesn’t mean you need to talk business at all those holiday gatherings. Often just a brief reminder that you (and your business) exist can be enough for people (especially family and close friends) to recommend you to someone.
Remember, positive word of mouth and personal recommendations are incredibly valuable to any business.
The holiday season is the time to relax and re-charge your batteries to make sure you come back to the office in January fully energised and ready to give it your all.
4. Rest, relax and re-charge the batteries – you’ll need it.
We’d love to tell you that 2021 will be a fun, relaxing, easy going year. But following what can only be described as a tumultuous and disruptive 2020 with a global pandemic that has fundamentally changed the way we live and work, 2021 at least the beginning of it, will continue to hold some uncertainty. Therefore this holiday season in particular make the time to relax and re-charge your batteries so you can come back to the new year, in January fully energised and ready to give it your all – whatever events may come.
“The holidays are the time to re-charge your batteries to make sure you come back to work in January ready to give it your all”.
However you choose to spend the holiday season, maintaining a degree of flexibility, agility and being ready to adapt to the situation at hand will continue to keep things going as we head into 2021.
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Happy Holidays and all the best for 2021!