7 Ways To Wrap Up The Holidays
7 ways to wrap up the holidays
As the holiday season comes to a close it may do so with some stress and much needed restoration. As a business in the thick of holiday madness this is your best and most dreaded time of year–The love and thrill of the quickness and heightened sales but also the drain of having to be “on” for the past few weeks. I am here to help you move into the New Year but not before wrapping up the holidays on a high note.
Here are 7 holiday de-briefers and little reminders for enjoying the end of this joyous month:
#1 Take note
Before you rest for a bit and forget all you worked up to this year jot down some notes. Because trust me, you won’t remember after next week. Notes like what were you best sellers, customer feedback, new wholesale interest, even profit gains and losses. Take down notes about all those sparked ideas before they escape you for the new year and then gift yourself something wonderful—a fresh journal. Give yourself fresh space for fresh ideas.
#2 Organize now
Before you release all your thoughts and restore some balance with friends and family organize your year. Because again, you won’t want to on December 31st. Organize things that inspire you—new ideas for next year, what marketing efforts worked this year. In stead of focusing on what you didn’t do so well at and want to improve, focus on what you did great so you can do more of it next year.
#3 Say thank you
What a wonderful time of year to say thank you! It’s not too late to send out a thank you note to your customer list or clients. You can dedicate a blog post to saying thanks, write your best customers of the year and say thanks, or hand out special thank you notes to friends and family. Either way, it’s a wonderful way to wrap of the season and the year.
#4 Plan out the end
This is specific to December. It’s difficult to take time off and spend it where it counts so planning out your end of the month can make this more manageable. Make your time really count so when you are spending quality time with loved ones you can be present. Plan out blog post or email newsletters, plan out when you will respond to all your emails or return phone calls. Plan out when you can clean our product and start end of the year inventory. Predict what’s to come so your mind doesn’t wander too much.
#5 Start goal tending
The pressure to set goals January 1st is one of the reasons so many goals aren’t accomplished. Look at your goals from 2011 as a whole and from your holiday season. Where do you do really well and how can you expand on that next year?
#6 Drink something yummy
I know, this is a silly one but it helps you to slow down. Seek out a coffee date with a friend or just treat yourself to something so good you can’t help but be in the moment with it. A seasonal latte, homemade hot cocoa, or some hot mulled wine–whatever your vice make it count and just…be…in…the…moment.
#7 Be in the moment
Which brings me to my final thought. You have worked too hard, been on one too many last minute shopping adventures, and barely got your holiday cards in the mail to let the fun times slip past you. Take a moment this holiday to breath, express gratitude, and be proud of all you accomplished this year.
Have a wonderful rest of your holiday season and I will see you next week with a great start to the year—goals you will actually love achieving!