Being a small business owner is tough at the best of times, but when you’re caught up in Christmas orders, finishing off the last of the December markets and feeling guilty about closing your shop over Christmas, it’s tough.
Here are some tips to help you relax this Christmas:
1. Plan before you go
Write a list of what you’ve got to do – and mark off what can be done after the Christmas break! This is truly a time to prioritise your workload, and leave the non-essentials. Organise your To Do list and calendar with clear reminders of your priority 2022 tasks.This will help you relax, knowing that you haven’t forgotten anything during your time off.
Anna Treliving Design has some fab weekly planners which will help you start the New Year in style, and make you look forward to planning your weeks in 2022.
2. Slow down the scrolling!
Take a break from social media. It’s fine to tell your followers that you’re taking a Christmas break – they’ll understand! You could always pop on the odd story if you want to, but shut up shop and have a break.
Don’t start your morning scrolling – if you’re tempted to wake up and check your socials, make a cup of tea or read a book instead. You could even go as far as deleting your social media apps for the festive season so that you’re not tempted!
3. Airplane Mode
Popping airplane mode on your phone is ideal for some real R&R! This will switch off your internet connection, stopping you from being tempted to check emails and will really help you to stay present over the festive season.
4. Give your Home Screen a refresh
Delete or hide any non-essential apps, delete your socials if you get lost in scrolling, or any work-related apps, and pop your out of office on your emails! Tidy up your Home screen so that you’re not reminded of work during the holidays.
5. Get some fresh air
Yes, it’s winter, but fresh air always does you good! Have a brisk walk, take in the fresh air and breathe in some pure relaxation. It’s good for you!
6. Look back at your achievements
Look at how far you’ve come this year! Never mind the fact that we’ve had nearly 2 years of pandemic and Covid-related set-backs, to still be here and thriving is a HUGE achievement. Give yourself a pat on the back!