5 Tips to Enjoying the Holidays
Christmas is not as much about opening our presents as opening our hearts. – Janice Maeditere
Blessed is the season which engages the whole world in a conspiracy of love! – Hamilton Wright Mabie
I will honor Christmas in my heart, and try to keep it all the year. – Charles Dickens
We’ve talked a lot about prepping your business for the holidays. Now is the time to sit back and relax. What? You’ve got too much to do to relax?
We understand and appreciate the stress that often accompanies the holiday season. But if you don’t take time to enjoy your family and friends, and perhaps rest your weary head, your business may suffer in the end. Here are 5 tips that will help you truly enjoy the holidays:
1. Clean your desk.
Not only will you enjoy returning to a clean office once the holidays are over, but clearing off your desk will let your mind know that you are taking a break from work. It’s easier to enjoy the holidays when you’ve literally put work away for a bit. If you don’t, you’re likely to visit your office and easily slip back to work because it was accessible. Don’t give yourself that excuse.
2. Inform your clients.
It’s important that your clients know that you will be enjoying the holidays. Create a new voicemail message that informs callers how long you will be away and what they might do in case of emergency. You might also consider creating an automatic email responder that informs emailers of your absence as well. Even Walmart is closed for Christmas; you shouldn’t feel bad about shutting down shop for the holidays.
3. Schedule time for your family and friends.
As they say, “Tis the season.” Be sure to schedule quality time with family and friends. Kids have recitals, friends throw parties, and families deserve a little quiet time. Just as you would schedule important meetings with clients, be sure to write these events in your calendar and honor these appointments as best you can.
4. Indulge in personal time.
Whether you want to take a nap, get a massage, or read a novel, be sure to indulge in that much needed personal time. When you take time for yourself, you’re able to return to work refreshed and invigorated. Don’t feel guilty; schedule some “me” time.
5. Enjoy the moment.
Sometimes we get into the habit of thinking business 24/7. It’s time to break that habit and enjoy the moment. Whether you’re attending a family party, decorating the Christmas tree, or opening presents, you should fully enjoy the occassion. Don’t let your mind wander back to your to-do lists, client roster, or year-end calculations. You’ve scheduled this moment (see numbers 3 and 4), enjoy it!
You’re bound to get a present or two that doesn’t satisfy your needs. Instead of exchanging those presents, why not get a full refund and spend the money on something found in Universal Accounting Center’s catalogue? From training materials to business books to manuals to informative DVDs, we have something that will complete your holiday season and better prepare your business for the New Year.