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How To Use The Christmas Period To Your Advantage

Firstly we want to start by wishing you all a Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year and to say a huge thank you to every one of you who have followed and subsequently supported from the beginning.

Now for why we’ve decided to get you all here this Christmas Eve, we’re here to talk about the benefits of taking a break this holiday period and more importantly how you can use this time to your advantage.

It’s easy for the owners of small to medium-sized enterprises (SME’s) to make the choice to work through most of the holidays and not take a break. Whether it’s because they don’t want to miss out on sales and profits, or because they were building up momentum and don’t want to lose it, all too often business owners don’t take time away from their business, and we get it we really do but let’s explain why we think you should glide into the end of this year with a slightly different attitude.

This biggest misconception about taking time off over Christmas is that all it will be filled with is late night, excesses alcohol consumption and a ridiculous amount of food (I’m drooling already) but we believe that it actually provides an invaluable portion of time where the world slows down and we’re able to reflect on our skills, our weakness and most importantly our goals for the year ahead.

Here are a few tips to help you make the most of the next few weeks:

Don’t be obsessed with mindless checking of your phone

Protecting your personal time is vital to de-stressing and enjoying your break. A 2016 study conducted by Dscout found the average person touches his or her smartphone over 2,500 times a day.

If you’re self-employed, put in plans and practises such as taking care of business for an hour in the morning and then sticking to it. Another way to free yourself from the day-to-day grind is to hire a virtual office or freelance assistant to take care of basics like fielding calls from clients, yet still, retain the personal touch.

Be clear about what relaxes you

For some, relaxation may mean spending time outside, whereas others may enjoy intense physical exertion.  For you, it may be curling up with a good book or wandering through an art gallery.  Whatever it is that you enjoy in a non-work setting, go do it during this precious time!

Have alone time

While it’s important to spend time with those we love, it’s also important to make sure you have adequate time for yourself. Rest, relax, and recharge your batteries. Your family and your business will likely thank you for it.

Reevaluate your goals

As it’s one of the only times of the year when the whole world really slows down it allows a clear space to sit and give yourself some time to think about your goals for the year ahead so remember to take this time to set some SMART goals and your pathway to achieving them.

Spark creativity and motivation

After 18 months of blurred lines with work and business your creativity has inevitably taken a bit of a hit, but taking a break is always really important for recovery, enhancing productivity and protecting mental health. If you allow yourself to use this time to let your brain drift off you’ll be surprised by the new ideas, innovative solutions and routes to success that you conjure up.

Develop your skillset

Once you’ve taken the time to note down your goals for 2022 you should have a very clear understanding of the skills needed to accomplish them. Now is a great time to begin investing some of your time and money into skillset development. Think about investing in an online course, subscribe to a thought leader in your field on Youtube, buy a few educational books. However you chose to learn and grow is completely up to you. Because whether these are personal or professional skills it’s always an amazing feeling to walk into another year of your life more equipped to achieve your ambitions.

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