We are entering one of the most exciting (yet stressful) holiday seasons of the year. Halloween is this weekend, Thanksgiving is only 4 weeks away, Christmas just 4 weeks later … and then we slide right into the New Year!
Whoa! For those of us in the US, it’s the national signal to proceed with holiday festivities!
As I mentioned, Halloween is this weekend, yet Holiday shopping is already getting underway with early Black Friday sales and Christmas ads. Posts are have started popping up in my Facebook feed by friends wanting to get started putting their Christmas trees because they can’t wait to get started. Planning for Holiday parties have even begun. I love both Thanksgiving and Christmas; the spirit of the holidays, the joy of the season, the magic in the air … but boy oh boy can it be overwhelming.
The shopping, the list-making, the card writing, the decorating, the dinners, the wrapping, the entertaining, the out-the-window-with-routine of it all. It’s a lot to handle, and as much fun as the holidays can be, they sure can cause a heap of stress for the self-employed. All of the family commitments on top of client gifts, and running a business? It’s a lot!
Let’s see what we can do to take some of the pain out of the season, so your holiday celebrations can be as merry as possible.
Terry’s Holiday Survival Guide
Do not try to compete. Whether it’s your decorations, the amount you spend on gifts, the volume of stuff under your tree … don’t give in to the pressure to compete with your friends, relatives, acquaintances … or in business!
Social media puts a LOT of pressure on an already stressful time of year. The moment you stop trying to compete with others, is the moment you’ll begin to feel more joy and less stress this time of year. And that’s what the upcoming holiday season should be all about … love, joy, peace.
Don’t say yes to everything. There will likely be several holiday invitations to consider. Make a point of deciding which events you don’t want to miss, and which ones you can stand to sit out. There are a limited number of dates available during the holiday season, so make each one count. If you can’t stand the thought of returning to the social you had a terrible time at last year … don’t go! This will free you up to really enjoy the time you’re spending with the people you want to be with. (Perhaps a dinner date with your significant other would be a better use of your time than Great Aunt Sue’s holiday buffet?)Don't get caught up in the holiday upheaval and stress!
Set clear boundaries with your clients. You know the old saying “A lack of planning on your part does not constitute an emergency on my part.” Make sure your clients know your schedule for the holidays. When you’re working, and when you’re not, so they can plan ahead and make sure they’re taken care of so there are no last minute requests that interrupt your festivities.
Take time for you. With all the hustle and bustle and go-go-go, on top of operating a business, it’s easy to burn out. Don’t let this happen! Make sure to take plenty of time to rest. Sit back and admire the beauty of your tree. Go for a walk or drive to admire the holiday lights. Curl up by the fire with a good book, a cup of tea (or beverage of choice), and your own lovely company. By the way, the time you spend wrapping gifts, standing in line, baking for the neighborhood cookie exchange? Those things don’t count as “me” time. I’m talking about things you do just for yourself.
I sincerely hope you enjoy a wonderful holiday season with your loved ones, no matter where you are or what you celebrate.
If you have any holiday survival tips for entrepreneurs to add to this list, I’d be thankful if you left a comment.
In business since 1991, Terry Green is the founder/CEO/President of BizEase Support Solutions, an American-based, online marketing support company comprised of a team of talented professionals from around North America. BizEase excels at providing speakers and business coaches worldwide with seamless online marketing solutions, from setting up ecommerce solutions, membership sites, web design and maintenance, to writing blog posts and managing Social Media and PR campaigns. BizEase clients (who span five continents) take great joy in allowing the BizEase team to take care of the details so they can get back to doing what they do best! Click here to get our bi-weekly tips ezine delivered to your inbox every other Friday, with tips on plugins, apps, and tools to make you more productive today!