While everyone is looking forward to the Christmas break, as a business owner, you might be wondering how to take some time off while still making sure your business ticks over during the festive period. In this blog, I look at ‘How to switch off and still run a business at Christmas’.
It’s important to take a break
Everyone needs a break, not least the boss. No matter how busy you are, it’s essential you take some time off. Not only is this a good opportunity to relax, it also allows you some time to take a step back and reflect on the last year. Plus, not taking any time off can lead you to burn out, meaning your productivity levels will slump. But how do you keep things ticking over while you take a break?
Decide what your priorities are
Set out at what level of work-related emergency will you let interrupt your Christmas break. Can it wait a few days? If yes, deal with it when your back at work.
Before you sign off for a few days, prioritise your to do list – if anything can wait until after Christmas and you’re running out of time, put it back.
Think about your customer
Whatever type of business you run, it’s likely your opening hours will change over the Christmas period. Be sure to communicate this with your customers.
Set your limits
Limit the amount of time you spend checking work related emails and social media channels during the break. Or, if you have a team, arrange a shift system.
And most importantly… enjoy yourself
Most importantly, try to enjoy the downtime. Once you’ve sorted your customers, suppliers and team members, it’s time to turn the focus to yourself. Christmas only comes round once a year so enjoy your well-earned time off.
I hope that you’ve found this ‘How to switch off and still run a business at Christmas’ blog useful. I’d love to hear about your business and discuss how I can help you to generate more leads. Get in touch here.
I’d also like to take this opportunity to thank you all for your support throughout 2019, and wish you a very happy Christmas.