The cascade of celebrations for the Holiday Season begins in a week. It starts with Halloween next Friday. Four weeks later it will be Thanksgiving Day followed by Hanukkah beginning two weeks after that on December 14th. Then it’s Christmas, New Year’s Eve and boom, the next thing you know, it’s 2015.
It might be time, right now, to begin narrowing your expectations for your business and projects. It’s easy to see there is not a lot of time left in the year.
I recommend taking 15 minutes and answering the following 3 questions.
1) What can you realistically get done by the end of this year?
You may realize that much of what you have planned needs to be moved into 2015. Most of us are committing to doing to much without realizing it. And many of us don’t regularly plan the use of our time. We simply go to work hoping somehow it will all get done. As optimistic as we are, approaching the end of the year this way can turn into a huge problem.
2) Do you need to have a conversation with your clients as to what to expect from you before year’s end?
Your clients are most likely expecting that you will deliver everything you’ve agreed on and you might not be able to. When you sit down with your clients and come to an agreement on what they need, all of you will be much happier.
3) Would planning your own Holiday activities now, support you with what you want to achieve?
It’s so easy to ignore Holiday celebrations until they are upon us. It takes extra effort to think ahead and coordinate critical business work with Holiday events.
I think of the weeks leading up to Thanksgiving Day as precious business time. There is still a window of time to get much done, however, it requires narrowing expectations and focusing on just those things that must get done before year’s end.
If this is not your normal way of approaching the Holidays, give it your best try, and see what happens. You may discover that your business and projects thrive, your clients are happy and you and your family have a wonderful holiday season.
If doing this kind of planning before the Holidays works for you, please join us in January
for one of the 2015 Design Workdays. Planning for a 10-week holiday season is very different from making longer-term plans. That kind of planning is much more difficult to design powerfully on your own. In the workday you have the support, encouragement and inspiration of the group.