A long, long time ago, in the far away land of Georgia, a business mentor told me to spend the holidays working on a master plan for the next year. I took her suggestion to heart. Every year, when the table's cleared off and the shredded gift wrap's tucked into the recycling bin, I sit down with my (kick ass) planner and focus on my personal and business goals. While everyone else is zoned out in front of some over-played holiday movie or snoring on the couch, I take time to tweak what is working and discard what isn't.
With that, I enjoyed this advice for those of us who don't know how to take a vacation:
As the holidays approach and business starts winding down for many, it can be tempting for business owners to turn the Open sign off and take time to relax. But Terry Cox, CEO and president of the Business Innovation & Growth Council, said the holiday slowdown is an opportune time for business and those who put their feet up could be missing out.
Everyone thinks everyone else isnt doing anything, theyre all on vacation or something, Cox said. To tell you the truth, between the 15th and 31st might be the best time to reach some CEOs and clients.
Some reduction in business, whether at the holidays or after, is inevitable, which is why Wright has scheduled networking and marketing for early 2010 to keep busy.
I dont think you should be paralyzed by the lack of business, Cox said. If anything, you should hunker down and really work on your strategic plan for the next year.
She also suggests using downtime to work on your business: review business plans, make investments for improvement, prepare for the new year.
Read the entire Mecklenburg Times post, and learn about a Business Innovation & Growth Council seminar next week, here.
Of course, if you start sounding like this ... stop everything and head directly to the nearest spa: