As the holiday season quickly approaches, many of us will become immersed in our personal and associative festivities rather than focused on developing our businesses. Notice that I said most and not all. I know a lot of you are hard at work no matter what time of the year it is because that is the lifestyle and drive consistent with entrepreneurship. But for a lot of us, a lackadaisical mindset can set in which means a slowed level of productivity. What occurs afterwards is a long list of New Year’s Resolutions and promises, which get abandoned a month later at best…
I am definitely not saying do not relax and enjoy the holiday season but to remember that entrepreneurship requires you to stay productive. Remember that while you are not working, someone else is hard at work ready to take your leverage away from you in order to incur your position.
Here’s how to stay productive during the holiday season…
1. Analyze What You Failed at This Year. The holidays and end of the year is a perfect time for self-reflection. There are probably plenty of things which you did not accomplish this year, which were probably of high importance in your mind. Why did you not achieve these goals? Can those habits and distractions which kept you from doing so keep you from being successful in the future? Right now is the time to train your mindset and discipline your behavior in order to move to the next level. Repetition of negative qualities leads you nowhere but to the same mediocre results. In order to be better you have to do better and that is only accomplished by kicking your own self in the ass to achieve your objectives.
2. What Needs to be Done Next Year? You might have had a good year in 2013 but that could all change next year. Trust me I know from personal experience. In order to sustain and excel you have to always remain focused on how can I get better. Being satisfied and getting too comfortable are prerequisites of failure, which I can attest to myself. Next year we all want to have great, prosperous years but such will not occur if we do not outline how we will achieve such wants. There is always something you can do better, ways to be more efficient, obstacles to be overcome. It is your responsibility to examine and provide detail to said points and ensure that they are properly taken care of.
3. How Will Your Goals be Executed? Talking about it is one thing but actually doing requires effective action. You must show and prove to yourself in order to produce the confidence in yourself to do those things which are a challenge. Create small steps which lead to the bigger goal wanted to be achieved. Trying to do it all at once will become overwhelming and set you off your path of productivity. Create the blueprint, lay the groundwork and construct the framework of the design; this allows you to effectively manage the process from beginning to end.
Enjoy your holidays, stay safe and remain productive.