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As the holiday season is upon us, most of us are looking forward to some quality time with friends and family and to ‘forget’ about our business for a while. But at the same time there always is that little voice in our heads reminding us of all the things we need to do. And then, of course, there are all those great ideas we’ve been thinking about all year but never had time to do anything about. It’s easy to start seeing the holidays as a chance to catch up or get ahead for 2016.
Quality time away from the business or getting a head start for the new year? Well, maybe you can have both.
So what’s it gonna be? Quality time away from the business or getting a head start for the new year? Well, maybe you can have both. Here are four non-work related things you can do over the holidays to help set your business up for success in 2016.
Roll taught us this lesson firsthand. We’d been relying on Salesforce’s business management tool for our internal organisation, but the experience left us wanting more.
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 2016 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. And good news, one of these has even been turned into a movie.
- 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
These are just four examples. There are many more. Just do a quick Google search and I’m sure you’ll find something that intrigues you.
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 2016… 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 can be 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.
I would like to tell you that 2016 will be a fun, relaxing, easy going year. But let’s face it, chances are it will be just as crazy, busy and stressful as 2015 – and all the years before. 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.
The holidays is the time to re-charge your batteries to make sure you come back to the office ready to give it your all.
For some of us that means hanging out at with friends and family, for others it means action packed adventures – whatever helps you charge your batteries, now is the time to do it.
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Happy Holidays and all the best for 2016.