It’s holiday time again and that means it’s time to focus harder than you have over all the rest of this year! Why? Because business tends to slow down this time of year as the holidays can be very distracting for everyone.
Decision makers go on vacation, your phone calls don’t get returned, and it can be very discouraging. Things were going well and now, all of a sudden, everything has stopped and the silence is deafening.
But, take heart! Things may be slow but you can still keep the momentum building. Now is the time for you to make plans for next year, and to refine your ideas and your latest booklet or product you’ve been working on. Doing these things will help you stay connected to your business and keep your energy up – which will help you create even more and build even more momentum so that when the holidays are over things will continue to happen for you.
But, how do you keep writing and keep working on your goals for your business with so many extra things to get done on your list? And how will you get everything done for the holidays if you continue devoting so much time to your writing and your business?
The answer is to scale back on your business, but don’t stop working for more than a day or two. You need to stay connected to your business even if you’re only doing the bare minimum each day. Otherwise your focus will be completely gone, your business will stall, and you may find it tough to get going again when you’re ready to go back to it.
Does this mean you can’t ever take a vacation? A week or two off? No, it doesn’t. The point of owning your own business is to be able to live the kind of life you want to and have the freedom to travel, take time off and do what you want to do. But, during those times, you still need to check in with your business and keep tabs on things to make sure things are running smoothly while you’re gone.
And, if your business is still in the start up phase and doesn’t need you to check in, you might stay connected by doing a little writing while you’re on vacation, or by doing some related reading. It doesn’t need to be much, just enough to keep you excited about getting back into the swing of things when you are ready to return.
This advice comes from my own firsthand experience. I’ve found that if I am away from my business for more than a couple of days it’s much more difficult to pick up where I left off than if I stay connected. Of course, there have been times when extreme circumstances forced me to be away, such as a death in my family or when I moved. In those cases it was impossible for me to work for a few days. But, as soon as I could I got right back to work and started building up the momentum again.
Don’t let the holidays throw you off track. Stay focused. Do what you need to for the holidays, but make sure you’re getting your work done too – even if you’re only able to do a little. Take off a day if you want or need to, but don’t stay away for too long. When you stay connected the momentum you’ve worked so hard to create will keep building and things will continue to happen.
To your riches!
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