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Reduce Festive Season Stress for Business Success

With the festive season fast approaching, it is important to reduce our stress levels. This will assist us to truly enjoy the festivities, and maximise our business success for the rest of the year.  A key to doing this is to learn how to master your thinking.  By mastering your thinking, you will increase your productivity and reduce festive season stress for business success.

Forget about doing everything 

Why is it that people feel the need to get everything done before Christmas and the festive season begin? Why put so much unnecessary stress on yourself? Forget about doing everything before the festive season and take the pressure off. “Everything” is a lot of things, which are probably too many to complete in the time you have available in the lead up to the festive season. So instead of getting overwhelmed as you think about everything you need to do and setting yourself up for more stress, be realistic and set yourself up for success!

Now is the time to set some priorities for yourself for the next couple of weeks. Firstly, make a list of things that must be completed before the festive season in your business. For example, finish projects for clients, convert leads to clients for next year’s projects, arrange seasons’ greetings cards and hampers for clients, attend networking events, etc. Then make a list of things that must be completed before the festive season begins personally. For example, buy presents, write cards for family and friends, finalise holiday plans, etc.

Prioritise for success

Then once you have these lists complete, ask yourself, does each activity on your lists really need to be completed before the festive season.  If not, it is OK to say no to things that are a low priority and that can wait until after the new year begins.  If yes, prioritise the actions on each list in order of importance, and then put a completion date next to each action.  Once your list of priorities is complete and is realistic, you will feel more at ease and think more clearly.

Make sure that you put aside time in your diary or planner to do these actions.  By seeing the actions in your diary or planner it will keep you focused and will help to minimise any distractions.  If you rely on remembering everything that needs to be done, you will likely add to your stress levels and there is a risk it may be missed (out of sight, out of mind).

Next, think about the things that can wait until after the festive season. Make a list of the things you want to complete, both personally and in business during the following timeframes:
–  during the festive season break
–  during January 2023
–  during February 2023.

Again, you can prioritise each list and put timeframes for completion next to each action, and then diarise these actions.

Enjoy a more relaxing festive season!

Please contact Dr Vesna if you have any questions, and if you need any additional support. This is how our clients have successfully and confidently started their businesses, grown their businesses, increased their sales and improved their leadership.

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