Business Tips and Tricks, Hope Wissel

Feeling Overwhelmed?

Happy Monday!!!! Are you ready to kick this week off – you know the week of Thanksgiving?  First the grocery shopping.  Then the kids are off from school. Then the cooking.  Then the family.  Next comes the “official” kickoff to the Christmas season – BLACK FRIDAY shopping.  What a week, right?  I am not even cooking and I am starting to feel the pressure of what this week brings but I have some AWESOME memories of Thanksgiving when I was growing up as well as when Belinda was little.

In the midst of all of this craziness, how do you manage to NOT feel overwhelmed in your business?  How do you manage to not loose your focus at the busiest time of year when you will have 70% of your sales for the year?  I found an article in The Self Employed that just may have some tips that will help you….

1.  Reset – Before you panic (unless you already have) press the RESET button.  Make a list of things that need to be done and rank them by priority.  At the end of each day, give yourself 5 or 10 minutes to relax, reflect on what you did and get ready for a new day.  You can’t change what happened yesterday but you can take control of today.

2.  Eliminate Outside Influence – Set aside time for your business – it can be 1/2 hour, an hour or even several hours.  Finish the tasks that are the most important WITHOUT interruption.  Then focus on your family and enjoy.   Did you know that it takes you 20 minutes to get back on track after a distraction.  YIKES!  Definitely time to weed out the distractions!!!

3.  Focus Down One Task – EAT the FROG  – you know the most daunting thing or the thing you hate to do the most.  The quicker you get this done, the easier the rest of the list will be to get done.  Get your productivity snowball rolling down the hill.  That works not only in your business but also in preparation for the holidays.

4.  Ask for Help – alright, I know that no one can do it the way you do it BUT they can help.  It doesn’t have to PERFECT but if someone is willing to pitch in, let them.  From helping get ready for the holiday meal to doing the small things in your office.  You know those labels don’t get on catalogs or order forms, etc by themselves?

5.  Learn to Say NO! Novel concept, right but it will not be the end of the world.  Remember you can’t do EVERYTHING.  As John Maxwell says – manage YOU because you can’t manage time, we all get the same 24 hours in a day.

So, block off time for work to be sure you don’t lose track of your business THEN enjoy the holiday.  Block time for family and friends so that you can enjoy this time without the guilt feelings.  What is your best tip for getting through this holiday season without loosing your mind???

Have a ThirtyOne-derful day!

#hope  #hopes31


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