I confess. I did not want to work last Friday or Saturday after having 12 people here for Thanksgiving.
I had plenty waiting on me in the office, but I was L.a.z.y with a capital L.
Yes, I'm paying for it now, but I'm okay with that. Everyone needs a break now and then and I gave myself a significant home vacation.
But now I have to get back to work. I have a sale to launch, a few blog posts to write, and a newsletter that must be delivered to your inbox on Wednesday morning. I have responsibilities.
And so do you.
With less than 1 month to go before Christmas (yipes!), it's about this time that we start using the holidays as an excuse to neglect our income-generating businesses.
Don't do this.
Enjoy the holidays as much as you can while also keeping your business on track. There are other people out there who can counsel you on self-care and enjoying the season. It's my job to remind you that your success depends on the daily commitment you show to your business.
Remember the following six thoughts whenever you are tempted to neglect sending that email to your list or writing that blog post.
1. Someone somewhere is waiting to hear from you.
They probably don't know it yet, but you have the right words or the perfect piece of art for someone right now.
There's no better time to share your gifts.
2. Postponing action is postponing your success.
Every time you procrastinate or decide that a marketing action “probably won't lead to anything,” remember that you are just putting off any positive results you could be benefiting from.
If you want to make sure you relish the holidays while still moving forward, block out holiday time and office time on your calendar.
3. It takes longer to restart a project than to continue chipping away at it.
You just have to do a little bit at a time to stay connected to your projects and commitments. If 30 minutes a day is all you can spare, then so be it. Set your timer and crank through a task.
Focus on taking single actions, not on what remains of the bigger projects.
4. Sometimes you just have to begin.
Our projects are usually bigger in our heads than they are to implement. Most people find that once they start something, it's hard to walk away from it.
Just start. Be open to where your initiative leads.
5. Consider a change of scenery.
If your home reminds you of the presents you need to wrap, baking you need to do, or cards you should be sending, get out!
Go to a coffee shop to write your blog post or take a walk for inspiration.
6. Imagine how good you'll feel.
Hard work yields a higher level of self-satisfaction than ignoring what must be done.
Think about how good you'll feel in January when there isn't a backlog of neglected tasks on your list.
How do you stay motivated during the holidays?