Holiday Season Activities

Working holiday

Working holiday

Christmas and New Year’s fall on Fridays this year, which means for many people, they are not working from Thursday afternoon on December 24 until Monday morning, January 4. That’s 10+ days of not working. Even for those who do go into the office in the week between Christmas and New Year’s, there is little work getting done, as people are in the holiday spirit.

As a small business owner, though, you may not have the luxury of being able to take off 11 consecutive days. My own plans include a significant amount of work to get done while everyone around me is in party mode. No, I’m not being a party-pooper, but when I have some time to spare, I’m getting projects advanced, meeting with what clients are available, and setting myself up to have an easier January by being prepared.

If you are able, then you might want to consider joining me in this. Sure, you can’t work with your suppliers (they’re on vacation somewhere warm), nor with your clients (they’re busy closing out the books for 2009). But you can work to figure out where your business is going, and how you can adapt to changes. The good thing about getting a break like this is that it lets you catch up, while the world around you slows down to party.

It’s a once-a-year opportunity to get ahead. What are you doing to help yourself for next year?