You'll notice that I didn't say “get more stuff done over the holidays”. There's a time and place for that, and the holidays aren't the time to necessarily work harder.
What I'd like you to start thinking about is enjoying the season, keeping your stress low and still maintaining your income and any business momentum you have.
How do you do that exactly?
Here are a few things to help you with prioritizing activities for your business development.
- Have a Clear Vision: ask yourself this question, “What are my biggest priorities this holiday season?” Is it to earn more money? Is it to take more time with my family? Is it to take a little time off? Is it to use some time to work on a project you plan to launch next month? When you check in on your goals and priorities, you'll have an easier time knowing what you need to be working on.
- Keep Revenue Generation a Priority: I've talked about this often, but I firmly believe that if you can get to a point in your business where you're not constantly looking for new business, you're not going to have to constantly be selling. This allows you to then be able to take time off (holidays and vacations) and not see a drop in income. If you don't have predictable income in your business and don't feel like you can enjoy the holiday season until you do, then between now and the end of the year, focus on one activity that will allow you to earn revenue in your business.
- Plan Out and PreSchedule Your Marketing: every week between now and the end of the holiday season, carve out some time each week to craft your marketing plan. Once you're done with your plan and creating content, pre-schedule it. This batching process will allow you to work more efficiently and help you get it done.
- Create a Productivity Practice: I like to use a combination of paper planners (the Passion Planner is my go to) and an online tool (Wunderlist is my task tracker). Using them to together, I find I'm able to create a plan for each week and check off all the tasks I need to get done to move my business forward.
Bottom line, I like to keep things as simple as possible. All with the goals of 1) I'm earning money in my business and 2) I'm not adding on more tasks than I can handle during a time of year where I have more shopping, card writing and relaxing to do!
Those are my simple tips to staying focused and maintaining momentum during the holidays. Now here's what I want you to do:
Your Action Steps:
- Identify your priorities this holiday season
- Select your revenue generating activities
- Plan your marketing and preschedule what you can
- Take time every night before bed to write out your tasks
- Only focus on doing the most essential tasks that help you with forward momentum
That's it! Now it's your turn. Thoughts? Comments? Tips? Go ahead and share them below! And on this day of giving thanks – I'd love to hear who or what you're most grateful for.
Happy Holiday Season!