As the weather gets cooler and the pages on the calendar turn towards January, it’s easy to cash in on the idea that it’s the “slow season” and lose momentum. There are holiday parties to attend, clients are typically out of the office, and attention is generally diverted elsewhere.
Here’s the thing – the “slow season” is a lie. It’s a cop out that we tell ourselves because we think we’ve earned a break by the end of the year. If you want to win, stop thinking about each year as a cycle.
Here are a few ways to keep up the momentum that you’ve worked so hard to build over the course of the year:
Stop thinking in terms of the “end” of the year. Treat the transition into January as you would the other 11 months. Each month should be a springboard to the next – no matter if it’s January or June.
Resist the urge to put projects off until January 1st since it’s a “new beginning” and knock them out now. I’m not telling you to work all the way through the holidays, but to stay productive so you can enjoy the time you have off without projects piling up.
The key to enabling yourself to avoid procrastination is a clear strategy. Knowing where you need to be by the first of the year will help you stay on track and stay motivated.
Focus on Development
If your client work slows for the holidays because there are others out there who haven’t read this blog post yet, don’t use it as an excuse to slow down your own business.
This is the perfect time to focus on development of initiatives, new products, marketing strategy, and other projects that you don’t have time for when your client workload is heavier.
Even better, use this time to plan for 2019.
Stick to Your Routine
If you work from home or for yourself, this is the time of year that you’re constantly told how “lucky” you are that you don’t have to take PTO to travel or prep for the holidays. Resist the urge to do your shopping at 9am to avoid the crowds just because you can and stick to your schedule.
The routine will help you stay on track and avoid the hustle and bustle or overwhelm that comes along with it.
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Give Yourself Grace
Slacking has a snowball effect. If you take one day off, it becomes easier to take the second and then the third. By the time you get back on track, it’s been a month. So, give yourself a little bit of grace and take it one day at a time.
If you struggle with productivity one day, pick yourself up the next day and get back to work.