5 Tips on Getting Through the Holidays

by Ruth Klein on December 12, 2013

This time of year it’s particularly busy, as you well know. As a result, we all have a tendency to feel overwhelmed. I feel the reason for this is because we have not only our businesses to run and all that comes with it, but we also have two more pieces on top of our already full plates.

One of the extra pieces is the holidays. We are working when we know there are certain days of the month that people are not interested in doing business. That takes some of our time away, which could be a bit stressful when you think about it. And, because of the holidays, there are simply more things to be done. If we have family coming, that adds a third piece to the equation. No wonder we feel squeezed for time, pressured and overwhelmed!

However, it is so important to consciously not be stressed out and to avoid that stuck feeling. When we’re stuck, we’re exerting a lot of energy but nothing is happening, like a car getting trapped in the snow.  It’s not a good feeling.

Here are five tips that I would like to share with you that help me at this time of the year:

1. Embrace the fact that there are less work days this month.

Figure out how many days will actually be productive working days, subtracting the holidays and weekends.

2. Using the number above, prioritize and make a “To Do” list.

What projects MUST be completed? This is what you need to prioritize in order to properly use your time to accomplish the most important tasks. Don’t worry about what you would like to get done, just focus your energy on what HAS to get done. Be sure to include which clients need to be contacted by the end of the year. Make that part of your priority list and those are the only items that should take your energy and your time.

3. As often as necessary tell yourself: “I have enough time to do what I need to do.” 

When I start going to that anxious place, I immediately repeat this to myself and have it run in my mind, like a mantra. Notice I use the work need and not want.  There are plenty of things I want to do, but only certain things that I truly need to do. And have the time to actually get done!

4. At the end of the day ask yourself, “How could I have run this day more smoothly?”

Usually, as soon as you ask this question, you’ll see something you could have done a little bit differently. It’s likely you’re thinking how you could have changed things by going about them in another way.

5. If you’re consistently late by a few minutes set a new intention for the coming year.

If you find that you are consistently late, figure out how many minutes late you usually run. If you’re consistently 15 minutes late, make a plan for the next year that you’ll leave your office 15 minutes before you normally would. I believe 80% of our stress is time-induced. Just by establishing this boundary it will alleviate SO much anxiety for you.

I’m hoping these tips will be as productive for you as they are for me. As far as I’m concerned, despite the holidays it’s business as usual for me right now, knowing I have less work days this month, but a lot more parties to attend.

Here’s to your Brand & Brilliance!

Ruth Klein

 

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