The holiday season comes with a myriad of added stressors for entrepreneurs: holiday parties to plan or attend, family obligations, budgetary stressors, and staff desirous of both time off and holiday bonuses. You may wish to have it all, but count it as a victory if you make it through the holiday season relatively unscathed.
Here are 5 ways to help you survive the holiday mayhem.
Holiday Tips for Entrepreneurs
1. Plan Ahead
Scheduling for yourself, your family, and any employees can be one of the toughest parts of the holiday season. So plan ahead and stay coordinated. Shared calendars through free apps, such as Google Calendar, can help you have a color-coordinated plan for all of the various demands on your schedule, linked to the other people who need to see it.
2. Learn to Say “No”
As the demands on your schedule start to pile up, balance your schedule and prioritize: saying “no” is okay. So is delegating and asking for help. Deputize someone else to represent you at some of the events you might attend, or at least have someone else do the coordinating for you so that you just show up, make your appearance, and go.
3. Schedule “Me Time”
Don’t let your schedule get so full that you do not take care of yourself. The winter might be flu season for lack of sunshine and such close proximity indoors, but it likely also has something to do with stress and a lack of self-care.
As you plan your schedule, be sure that you also:
- Get plenty of sleep, or make up for it soon after having to go short
- Get regular exercise
- Eat well and drink plenty of water
- Refrain from excessive (or any) alcohol
- Schedule time to relax
4. Stay on Budget
Part of your planning for the holidays will need to be your financial planning. A holiday budget is a crucial part of surviving the holidays since overspending can take months or more to recover. Ideally, you plan ahead and save a little at a time, leading up to the holiday season, so that when you go to give holiday bonuses or buy gifts, that money is already there. In some businesses, you can also boost holiday sales, making it easier to meet the financial demands of the season.
Whatever your plan, be sure that it includes staying on budget.
5. Learn How to Relax after Stress
Be it the stress of the end of the day, or the stress of an entire season, it’s important to learn healthy ways to unwind after work. Too often people equate relaxation with vegetating on the couch watching television, scrolling through social media, or having a drink to relax, but those methods are not how to relax after a stressful day at work since, in the long run, they can increase your stress (physically and emotionally).
Here are some other ideas to consider:
- Go for a walk
- Get some other form of exercise
- Talk to a friend
- Sit at the table and do a puzzle with family
- Participate in a paint night
- Walk through a small town and window shop
- Listen to carolers
- Drive around looking at holiday lights
- Take up a new hobby
- Start back at a former hobby
- Write in your journal
- Read a book
- Cook the favorite dish you ever had at a restaurant
There are really countless ways to unwind after a stressful day. Put your plan on your schedule and then stick with it. If you make these tips part of your holiday plan, you may find yourself not only surviving the holiday season unscathed but also enjoying yourself and the merriment much more.