Maintaining Your Mojo Throughout the Silly Season
Coping with the silly season is a challenge for most of us.
Business owners who have been buried in their work without taking the time to celebrate, often feel stressed and overwhelmed. Then the silly season is upon them, with invitations to lunch, dinner, drinks, family catch-ups.
“Damn it,” I’ve heard them say, “I’m taking a break from all my busyness.”
What’s wrong with that? Absolutely nothing unless they overindulge repeatedly and forget the fact they do have a business that needs to continue on. The business overheads are still there regardless of the season.
I have been guilty of falling into the silly season trap of losing my business mojo. Believe me, when I say you can suffer financially and, in your health, and move into the next year burdened with stress, that so easily could have been alleviated. Yes, I’ve been there.
5 top tips to maintaining your business and personal mojo and still enjoying the silly season.
1. Have a plan and get organised.
I know this sounds so straightforward but who actually does it? December, January and even February are referred to as the ‘barren wasteland in business’. It’s not uncommon for a business to experience financial loss during the lead up to and post the silly season because they fail to plan.
Have your goals, your KPI’s, your numbers or whatever you call it written and the steps to get there whilst remembering you will have distractions with festivities.
2. Remember you’re the boss.
You don’t want to put a damper on the festivities for your staff, but it is and needs to be, in your control, that they maintain their productivity during this time. Make sure each staff member is very clear on your expectations well in advance. It goes without saying that you set the tone during the season, actually throughout the entire year.
3. Do something active every morning.
Even if you wake feeling ‘dusty’ from a big night out. A brisk walk or a swim can do wonders and clears the head. Don’t forget your water bottle either. Hydrate, hydrate and hydrate some more.
4. Don’t skip meals.
Just because you know you are going to be tempted at the buffet table, extra canapes, desserts and those few extra drinks; if you think you will conserve calories by skipping meals, think again. If your body is running on empty then your blood sugars will drop, you will feel tired and eventually ‘hangry’.
When you arrive at your function you’re bound to pounce on the first food you lay your eyes on, which will likely be not the healthiest choice. You have your first alcoholic drink which goes straight to your head then it’s downhill from there.
5. Get plenty of sleep.
Now, this is difficult to do with all those late nights, but it will catch up with you. Make a pact with yourself that you will leave the function at a certain time. Set your watch or phone alarm to remind yourself when it’s time to leave. You will thank yourself the next morning. And a tip, that you know so well, but do you do it? Do you have a glass of water between every single drink you have? The water keeps you hydrated plus eventually you feel so bloated, you are ready to go home anyhow.
Of course, you need to have fun, don’t turn into Scrooge or a party pooper, just be smart, and a nice little bonus is that Santa will be the only one to increase his pant size.
I would love to hear your tips on maintaining your mojo throughout the silly season for your business and for you.
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