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The holiday season is an excellent chance to spend time with family and friends. But it requires an important skill: time management. For many entrepreneurs who are used to full-engagement mode during weekdays, and even sometimes on the weekends, turning off the urge to squeeze in a little bit of work in the holiday downtime may be difficult.
The key to holiday harmony is in finding the right work-life balance. Although it may appear difficult at first, with a little planning, prioritizing and prep work, you can make the most of your holiday.
If you, like us, need effective time management techniques to make it through the festive season, then you may find our tips valuable. Happy holidays, and happy time managing!
Be the early bird and begin planning for the Holiday season long before the first strands of tinsel go up on retail store windows. By putting plans in place for the busier times of the year – be that Christmas or another period, you are going into the mania with your eyes wide open. You will also have a time management plan in place to manage it – which could include hiring extra staff or extending your opening hours.
We are often told in life to be the “yes man,” but when it comes to time management, it’s not always going to be a possibility. When you don’t have enough hours in the day, less important things will need to go on the backburner. If someone asks you to do something that you know you can’t manage, get rid of the “yes man” mask and put on your face of certainty. You may like to help them find a solution, but that doesn’t mean you have to take on the burden of the task. Rely on your team and delegate tasks accordingly.
During the hustle and bustle of festive arrangements, it’s easy to work so much that you burn yourself out. One of the most critical time management tips we can offer is to remember to put time aside for you. Even if there is chaos going on around you, make sure you take breaks that allow you to rehydrate and have some quiet time. You may have a million and one things to do, but you are no good to anyone if you burn out entirely.
If you don’t have a to-do list, then it’s time to get one – and make it count. The best to-do list is a digital one you can share with your entire team to help with time management. You can include tasks to complete, the deadline, and who will carry it out. You can then add an “in action” and “complete” line to move that task into as you go. It may also help to prioritize these tasks by urgency.
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If you want to be at the top of your game when it comes to time management, then ensure you set goals and expectations for your team. Failure to create a plan with goals to work toward will result in your workers running around like headless chickens! The festive season means you have to be on the top of your game. Tell each member of your team what they need to do, and what you expect of them. Check in regularly to make sure they are managing their time wisely.
Managing time during the holiday season is not easy. It takes a skilled leader, a dedicated team, and a passion for the task at hand. The festivities are about to begin, so don’t forget to start planning and make sure your entire team is prepared for the busiest time of the year.