Christmas is rapidly approaching and I’m sure the majority of people are looking forward to enjoying some well-deserved down time over the festive period.
I know I certainly am!
The run up to Christmas tends to be an incredibly busy time for us as accountants. It’s a time when we’re trying to get ahead whilst preparing for the onslaught of the lastminute.com clients in January.
That means it’s so important that you make the most of your down time over the festive period so that you return to work ready and raring to go.
Here are my 5 favourite ways to spend time relaxing and recharging my batteries over the festive period…
1. Spend time with family and friends
Family and friends are what life is all about. Having a successful business is great, but family and friends are the most important thing.
Christmas is a time for people coming together, so spending time with friends and family is wonderful. Everyone is full of cheer and happiness because of the festive period and you’ll have a great time.
Savour the moments you do spend with friends and family and don’t forget to be present and in the moment.
The emails can wait, honestly. Just enjoy the time off with the people you love.
2. Recharge your batteries
If you’re like a typical practice owner then you’ll probably be used to frantically trying to fit everything into your days.
You’ve got a business to run, a social life to maintain (well, some of you…), an inbox to keep on top of and all of the usual family and life commitments that go along with it.
So, maybe you have to make sacrifices in order to get everything complete.
Does that sound familiar?
I know many people for whom that sacrifice is sleep.
They sleep less in order to fit everything into their day. They get up an hour earlier to hit the gym or stay up an hour later to spend an extra hour on paperwork.
But, sleep is one of the most important things for a business owner (and anyone else for that matter).
Signs of sleep deprivation include:
- Decreased communication
- Performance deterioration
- Poor concentration
- Poor mood
- Greater risk taking behaviour
- Poor cognitive assimilation and memory
- Increased sickness [source]
None of that sounds great, does it?
So, use the Christmas down time to catch up on some well needed sleep so that you’re fully rested and at your best for the start of 2019.
You could also use your festive time off as the perfect time to get into a better sleep pattern, ensuring you’ll be better placed to get all the sleep you need once you return to work too.
3. Get some headspace
Owning your own business can be tough.
You’ve got to be constantly contactable for your clients and employees and if anything goes wrong, you’re the one who needs to be there to put the fire out.
The time you take off over Christmas and New Year is the ideal time to get some headspace away from your business.
Savour not having to constantly check your emails, tackle your inbox and return client calls.
Make the most of not having to do any paperwork.
Forget about profits and managing employees and technology.
Instead, just concentrate on enjoying your time off away from the stresses of your business. Focus on relaxing, spending time with friends and family and doing things you truly love to do.
4. Take stock
The end of the year is the ideal time to look back on what you’ve achieved during the year and to look forward to what you’d like to achieve in the new year.
What do you want to achieve in 2019?
Now is a great time to start writing out a list of goals to work towards during the next 12 months.
Don’t forget to write down all the things that you’ve achieved in 2018 too though. It’s super important to acknowledge any successes – however big or small.
You may have achieved more than you think and won’t realise it until you put it all down on paper in a list.
5. Indulge in your favourite things
The most wonderful time of the year is a great time to indulge in your favourite things.
Maybe it’s spending more time on a hobby that you love. It might be spending time whipping up a storm in the kitchen. Or even just spending time curled up on the sofa reading a good book.
Whatever it is you love to do, take the time to do it this Christmas.
What do you plan to spend time doing over the Christmas and New Year period?
Whatever you choose to spend your time doing, I hope that you have a merry Christmas and I’d like to wish you a happy and successful new year!