The Christmas spirit is well and truly here, and holidays are lurking enticingly close on the horizon. As such, it can be easy to slip into relaxed mode and push work to the side over the next few weeks. While it’s important to take a break from business at this time of year in order to reset and refresh, it’s a good idea to attend to small tasks each day in order to give you a strong kick-start to the new year.
So without any further ado, here are our top tips for striking a healthy balance between business and bumming on the beach this festive season.
Keep connected to your inbox
We’re not saying you should be glued to your digital devices – we do this enough during the year. Rather, we suggest checking your inbox just once a day. Allocate a set time to comb through your emails and make sure you’re keeping up-to-date on business operations. Trust us, you’ll thank us in the new year when you come back to a clean inbox!
Use the quieter period to catch up on the backlog
You know all those menial tasks you’ve been putting off all year, waiting for some downtime to attend to? Now’s the perfect opportunity. Jot down a list, and tick each item off as you punch them out. The chance to check off all those things that have been gnawing at you over the past X number of months is greatly satisfying.
Stay on top of industry news
Most people will naturally do this anyway, but it’s important to remember to keep yourself in the industry know-how. If you fail to do this, you risk falling behind in business before the new year has even begun.
Set clear objectives for the year ahead
Rather than quickly drawing up a plan of attack when you return to work in January, use your off-period to consider how you will approach the new year. List some business targets you wish to spearhead over the coming 12 months, and build tangible timelines around your forecasted goals.
By dedicating just a little bit of your holiday time to business admin, you can ensure you enter 2017 feeling organised and ready for a fruitful and profitable year ahead.