The festive period can be one of the busiest times of the year for businesses and virtual workers. Whether it’s trying to meet deadlines, fulfil orders before the end of the year, or deal with an increase in customer queries; it is important to effectively manage your time and stay productive during this busy time of year. And of course, not forgetting the importance of fitting in some well-earned holiday time and taking a break to ensure you’re ready to start the new year refreshed.

Here are some tips to help you use your time productively over the festive period.

  •         Good diary planning

Stay on top of your diary and make sure you’re not trying to fit in too much. End of year meetings, end of year reviews, planning meetings for next year as well as Christmas lunches and other celebrations. It is bound to be a busy time so don’t over commit.

  •         Keep your customers and clients well informed

Send out email/newsletter updates to individual customers and clients a few weeks before Christmas to inform them of any delivery cut off times, customer service hours, holiday closing time and even your personal availability. This can help avoid any unwanted, last-minute meetings being arranged in the few days before Christmas.

  •         Take some time to relax and recharge

Once your leave starts, make the effort to switch off from work for at least a few days so that you can return after Christmas or after the new year, fully refreshed and ready to work to your best ability.   

  •         Keep some routine during the holidays

Even though relaxation is important, try to keep an element of structure to your days with some kind of routine that loosely resembles your usual working day. This will help you transition back into your working day routine when you return.

  •         Use the time to plan

Use some of your time off work to plan the year ahead. Consider what you want to achieve personally as well as your annual career or business plans. Workwise, the end of the year is a good time to consider whether you need to move premises.

The festive season is a busy time for most small businesses and the self-employed across all industries. With a little bit of planning ahead, it doesn’t have to be so daunting and stressful. Click here for WorkHub’s range of office solutions to help with your planning for next year.