Apparently there’s a rush this time of year. I’ve never felt the “end of the year rush” before this year. I had never even heard the phrase. Maybe it’s because of the nature of the clients that I’ve had thus far or maybe it’s because it’s easy for small business to let up on marketing during the holiday season because things get so hectic. Either way, I’ve never felt the rush. Or maybe it’s because this is the first year I started to treat my company like a company instead of just a way to make some side money (heck, it’s my full-time job now).
This year has been different in a lot of ways, and it seems to have culminated in this sort of last minute “holy crap I still have to do that” situation that leaves me constantly feeling as if I have forgotten something. The worst part is, I’ve never felt it before, so I had to learn how to handle it. I’m going to pass on a few of the tactics I’ve picked up this year to you. I hope they help you get through this season as well as they’ve helped me.
Visceral Concepts’ Top 5 Tips to Organize Your Year End:
- Make a list of what you still have to do. It may sound a little redundant, since this is something you should already be doing anyway, but making a list keeps the tasks visible. If you already have a list, sit down and make a new one. Sometimes the do-over can help clean up your thoughts and remind you of what really needs done.
- Be accountable to someone. It helps me to talk through tasks. I equate my mind to a box of ping-pong balls bouncing around. Eventually, they get out of hand and you have to wrangle them back in to the box. Talking things out helps me to do that. Give it a try.
- Prioritize, prioritize, prioritize. Sometimes you can’t get everything you need to do done. It helps to understand what’s important, or a must do, and what isn’t. If you have to skip something, skip the least important stuff first.
- Work on work days. My son gets two weeks off from school for Christmas. So does my mother. They, however, aren’t trying to make a small business work. Remember, it’s tough to enjoy your vacation if you’re thinking about what’s not done. You can take the family vacation after the season’s through if you need to.
But opposite that…
- Know when to stop working. Sometimes, in order to clear your head, it’s best to walk away from work and spend some time enjoying the other aspects of your life. Go to the park with your kids, have dinner with your significant other, or go see a movie with some friends. Let your brain rest so you don’t fry it.
Like I said, these strategies work for me, and I hope they help you too. But the bottom line is that stressing doesn’t help, so don’t do it. Back to OfficeMax.com for some great tips on how to make sure your taxes don’t add to your stress this year either. Have a great year end!