The holidays are here! It may look a little different this year due to the pandemic, but that doesn’t stop the busy season of business from booming. With all this cheer and excitement going on around the world, some of you might be wondering how you are going to get everything you need to get done before it’s time to enjoy the holidays yourself.

As an entrepreneur, chances are you struggle to take time off because if you don’t work then neither does the business, right? Wrong. Sure, your professional lifestyle may call for you to answer calls and emails asap, but that doesn’t mean you can’t squeeze in some time to allow yourself to recharge. Fortunately, it’s that time of the year where many businesses and entrepreneurs take vacations and breaks for the holidays (it’s practically the one time of the year when it’s easy to sneak in some guilt-free time off).

We’re here to help you create a plan and map out what you need to do in order to free up time to relax and spend time with loved ones during the holidays:

Set Your Goals - Since there are less than two months left in the year, it’s a good time to reassess your goals for Q4 and the year as a whole. Are you on track to accomplishing everything you set out for? What do you absolutely need to achieve before the end of the year? Take some time to prioritize what needs to be done immediately and what can wait till the next year or quarter. Then, create a schedule for the time you have left.

Give A Heads Up to Clients, Colleagues, and Customers - Many people are taking time off, so don’t guilt-trip yourself into feeling like you have to keep working. Between Thanksgiving, Christmas, and New Years, you’re bound to receive many away emails and hear back from others when they get back from vacation. However, the key here is to give your clients, colleagues, and customers a heads up that you’ll be gone for a certain period of time. Now, you don’t have to explain yourself or go into full detail as to what your plans are, but a simple message can go a long way. Nothing is more frustrating than starting a conversation with someone and then going to follow up with them a few days later only to get an auto out-of-office response. Another great mindfulness tip is to leave good contact information for emergencies, whether it’s your phone number or a team member's email, where the person inquiring can still get what they need. Know more…
 
Great post!

Another good tip, while the temperature is dropping the energy rates tend to always go up. So if you're in a deregulated state be sure to lock in a good rate while it's low.
 
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