8 Tips to Keep Momentum Through the Holiday Season
While the holidays can be a great time of year, as entrepreneurs, we need to keep our momentum going through the holiday madness. It’s all too easy to get side-tracked by the latest gadgets, visiting relatives and holiday cheer. To help you along, I decided to share some of my own personal holiday survival tips.
Take a look at your calendar and get ready to pencil in time to accomplish what you need to get done. Read on to get your list…
Holiday Guide for Canadian-based U.S. Real Estate Investors:
Year-End Business Priorities: Set weekly goals with realistic priorities for your year-end. Careful not to overload yourself, just pick a few priorities and get closure on your year.
The Elephant Task: Choose on one big task and commit to completing it by the end of the year. For instance, choose to redesign your website, look for deeper meaning in your web analytics, purge your contact list and move it into a better software tool – anything that you want to finish up for this year.
Close: Contact clients before the worst of the holiday paralysis to tie up deals and determine the effects of their vacation schedules on your deadlines. Be sure to close lingering deals ASAP.
Network: During this prime schmoozing time, reach out to customers and contacts to ask about their past year and objectives moving forward. Try to schedule face time in January to follow-up and help them meet goals. Connect with vendors, suppliers and others integral to your business to make nurture those relationships too. It’s also a good idea to send holiday cards and/or gifts so you stay in their minds.
Outsource: Don’t shy away from outsourcing tasks to help you finish your 2012 goals. It’s a great opportunity to finalize a project and is welcome holiday cash and experience for freelancers.
Accounting: Analyze business numbers and assess the year’s successes and failures. Take time to make action plans to stick with what works and address what doesn’t. Set new goals for the new year with a clear sense of purpose and direction.
Give: The holidays are a wonderful time to donate, volunteer and generally give to those in need. There are many charities you can pick or become involved in to spread holiday cheer and make a difference in someone’s life.
Enjoy: Be sure to spend time with your loved ones and give yourself holiday cheer. Treat yourself to a few fun evenings and enjoy the company of those you love.