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Make the Holidays Down Time Count

November 29, 2013

Daily Read – Make the Holidays Down Time Count

Thanksgivukkah hits this weekend and then it’s on to Hanukkah, Xmas, Kwanza and of course New Year’s. If you are not careful the whole month can be a useless bunch of distractions and parties that disrupt business and take things off track. It doesn’t have to be this way, with these 6 tips:

  1. Get caught up on projects.  Some days will end early and others will have offices closed.  You can use this time to catch up on projects, reorganize your work environment or even set out some strategic planning. Sit down this week and look at the calendar so you can plan to make the most of every extra hour.
  2. Reach out to long forgotten contacts. Most everyone has people in their contact list they have been meaning to talk to but just couldn’t get around to calling.  Eventually you feel embarrassed for not reaching out or following up. The holidays are the perfect opportunity to make contact with those you forgot or abandoned.
  3. Save on much-needed equipment. Ready for some new computers or equipment? Black Friday is not just for consumers. Companies can also get great savings on electronics and other office needs.
  4. Refocus your strategy. The end of the year is a great time to reassess your current business plan. As the books come to a close, it’s a great time to gather everyone together and evaluate the year.
  5. See everyone you want to see. The holiday season means lots of parties and gatherings. This means many of the people you need to see will be conveniently gathered in the same place. Don’t miss out. Go engage with the people with whom you need to network and have fun doing it.
  6. Show people your creativity.  This is a great opportunity to show valued people that they are important to you. Go that extra step.  Create a fun video, card or gift that shows you are willing to give thought and effort to make people feel worthy and important. Who knows, it might be just the thing to close that deal or gain that extra opportunity.

Excerpts taken from: http://goo.gl/Bb2AA7

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