This time of year can feel extra hectic with seasonal deadlines, employee evaluations and over-scheduling both professionally and personally. Here are four tips that can help you make this the most wonderful time of the year.
1. Brain dump Spreadsheet – Overwhelm is one of the most common states of being this time of year as we attempt to remember and accomplish a plethora of tasks and added activities. The stress comes from trying to remember it all and making sure nothing falls through the cracks. Taking some time to do a brain dump and/ or create a spreadsheet can make a big difference. When we “put it on paper” it frees up our brain to be more creative and not stress so much over the details. One idea is to create a separate spreadsheet page for each project (i.e., End of Year Reviews for Employees). Then on each page use the grids to list the actual tasks that must be achieved (i.e., set dates for each review, send self-evaluation form to each employee to prepare for meeting, etc.) and assign due dates and next step dates to each task, so you can rest assured that nothing will be overlooked.
2. Prioritize – Steven Covey advocated for Beginning with the End in Mind (and so do I). Fast forward to January 5 and “think back” to how your ideal holiday year-end season went for you and your team. You’ve arrived at this date and have made it the most wonderful time of the year. What happened? What was different this year? What did you do and what did you skip this year? Visualizing how you want things to go is the first step to bringing it into your reality, allowing you to decide how you want to feel and how you want to spend your time.
3. Schedule time for what matters most – Now that you have decided how you want to spend your time and how you don’t, put it on the calendar! Set appointments for yourself, and perhaps for your team, to create the importance and make sure it happens.
4. Delegate, Post-pone, Eliminate – Let’s face it, there are only so many weeks left in the year, days in the week, hours… etc. Take a look at what you can empower other team members to handle, what can be tackled after the new year or sometime in first or second quarter, and what isn’t a priority anymore. Its powerful to review all the busyness and eliminate what no longer makes sense for your business and the direction you are heading.
These steps seem simple, but the real magic is in the discipline to put them into practice. Remember, if you want a different result, you have to do things differently – consistently!
Kim Ellet is a certified professional coach and owner of The Growth Coach of Metro Atlanta. She finds joy in helping successful leaders committed to continuous improvement, be more of who they are, dream bigger dreams, and accomplish more than they realized was possible. www.TheGrowthCoachATL.com