Yes, ‘tis the season to be jolly… fa-la-la-la-la-la-la-la-la!! It’s true, we are less than two weeks until Christmas Day and if you’re like myself and many others that I’ve been talking to recently, things are busier than ever this year. You might saying, “Where did November go?” or “How did it get to be the middle of December already?” Many of the folks I’ve have been speaking with say, they are feeling a bit stressed about the holidays because they haven’t had time to finish their shopping or they haven’t even had a chance to decorate their house yet.
This is the time of year when we all want to enjoy some quality time with our loved ones, a little Christmas Cheer, some turkey and hopefully a bit of relaxation too. It is a time for reflection, to look on the past year, celebrate successes, remember our loved ones and cherish fond memories. It is a time to bring about hope, peace and joy, as we ring in a new year! What???
Okay, now… let’s fast-forward to reality now! So, how do we “turn work off” for a few days so that we can actually enjoy the holidays? I have tried a few things over the years, and here are a few tips that I find work really well, along with breathing…
1. Book time off during the holidays. People do expect you to take time off. Don’t be the martyr and allow everyone else time off, but yourself. Especially as a leader or a business owner, be sure to take at least a day or two in addition to the holidays. People are watching you and you are a role model for others. How often have you and your family paid the price when you have worked right through the holidays? Take a day or two and notice how great you feel!!
2. Make time for some holiday spirit. You’re thinking about it and so is everyone else in the office! How about you announce that it’s Holiday Potluck this Friday!! Everyone bring in a dish for this and we are going to enjoy a team potluck lunch! This allows everyone to enjoy some of the holiday spirit, have a nice lunch and spend time chatting with each other and it’s a great team building exercise with food –its win-win!! The other great incentive for people to stay jolly this holiday season is to grant an hour or two of shopping time or let them leave an hour or two early for their children’s Christmas Concert. You and your team are thinking about these things, so make sure you make time for what is important. The work stuff will get done -always does!
3. Take time to reflect on your achievements. It’s around this time of year, when we start to reflect and look back on the year we have had. As I sat and reflected just the other day, I realized just how many cool things have happened this year. How many shifts have happened with me and my business? I also realized just how many challenges I have overcome too. I am grateful for the good, the great, and the not-so-great things that have happened -so much to celebrate! Be sure to do this. Take time to reflect on what has gone well, what you have accomplished and write it all down. You will be amazed as was I, at just how far you have come. Be sure to celebrate the wins, the challenges and the learning that you have experienced and reward yourself for all that you have accomplished. I just picked up a really nice bottle of wine to celebrate!
If you follow these 3 simple steps, you will find it changes your perspective and how you feel going into this holiday season. You will feel more energized and better prepared for the New Year too!
Founder at Spark your Vitality