Black Friday. Cyber Monday. This is the time of the year when many businesses move out of the red and into the black. But that focus on profitability requires you to be productive. The two go hand in hand.
So, Overwhelmed Here are four tips to help.
Nix the Networking Events
There are holiday parties galore this time of year and an abundance of events where you can push your final sales of the year. Should you attend all of them? Not even close.
Although this might feel like the perfect time to forge new connections for the coming New Year, it isn’t. You’re busy enough as it is. One of the easiest things for you to cut out of your overflowing schedule are networking events.
Look at all of the events on the horizon and then prioritize which ones (if any) you need to attend to further your business. You might be surprised by what you find and how much time you’ll be able to save, giving you more time to focus on your non-work commitments.
And if you’re having a hard time nixing the networking events, remember this: It’s only for one month. Not attending one networking event will not steal from your profitability. In fact, it could add to it by making you more productive.
Get Religious About Using Systems to Run Your Business
Now more than ever, you need strong systems in place to keep your business running smoothly. This means, you need to outline specifically what happens for certain events. Many times, this also means putting tools into play that can ease kinks in your systems or automate certain tasks for you and your employees.
Scheduling is a great example of this. By using scheduling software, you can make faster adjustments to your employee’s schedules, give people the time off they need to get everything finished on their personal to do list, and still be productive yourself.
Harness the power of technology and these tools to free yourself of time draining tasks. You’ll keep be more productive and thus, more profitable.
Be Sure You Get Plenty of Family Time
Family time might seem difficult to come by with everyone hustling and bustling around, juggling work, shopping, and other commitments. By making this a priority, you ensure that your focus stays on the people who matter the most to you.
Be as diligent about planning in family time as you are about planning your work hours. When all the gifts are open and the meals have been consumed, you’ll be glad you took the time to deepen your connection with your loved ones this festive time of year.
Practice Shorter Lunch Breaks
Taking a lunch break is a must if you want to stay productive, but did you know that you might not need a full hour to recoup your energy during the work day?
Schedule in shorter lunch breaks of about 20 minutes. Studies have shown that this will give you enough time to recharge your batteries and still get you back to working productively.
Are You Doing Too Much?
If so, you’re probably feeling overwhelmed with work and underwhelmed with the results you’re seeing. Turn that equation around by building stronger systems for your business, learning how to say no to networking, and still ensuring you get the breaks you need to refill your cup this holiday season.
Author Profile Jon Forknell is the Vice President and General Manager of Atlas Business Solutions, Inc., a software marketing company specializing in employee scheduling software, including ScheduleBase employee scheduling software, and other business software solutions. In the past, Jon has been recognized by the U.S. Small Business Administration as a SBA Young Entrepreneur of the Year. Atlas Business Solutions was named as one of Software Magazine’s Top 500 Software Companies in 2004 through 2007 and again in 2010, 2013 and 2014.