The December Reset
Ready for a reset? I know January receives the biggest boost, but I decided to try something different: a DECEMBER reset.
Why? Well, it’s simple. December is one of my favorite months of the year. It’s full of good food, family, comfort, warmth and all the pieces that fill up your heart!
There are 2 primary goals in this: Work on, not in the business and (more importantly) relax and reset. It’s the time of year where we have less daylight hours, but more community, holiday movies and warm beverages. I want to get outside and soak up all the time while our family and friends have more flexible working schedules too!
Ready for the guidelines (or rules)? I’m not here to tell you what to do, but these were the things I needed in my life to make this December the best!
No New Projects Begin this Month - This was a hard one, but deciding not to start new projects in December has been one of my biggest steps in reducing stress this holiday season. There are (of course) current projects already on the books with specific deadlines, so being present to those last minute calls without stress makes everyone feeling good and on track! I also got pretty lucky that some clients didn’t want to start their projects until after the holidays so it was total win for both of us!
Complete Current Projects - We all have these… there are some great projects this year that need loose ends tied up with a figurative bow! It’s time to complete that process now to make sure everyone is focused on their needs coming up in the new year, and has what they need from me before they close out their books this year.
Prep Accounting and make Final Adjustments to Time Sensitive Accounts (aka talking to my Financial Planner and Accountant about adding to the appropriate retirement or tax deferred accounts, adjusting tax savings, etc before year end cut off): I’m setting these appointments now, because your financial team wants their time off at the holidays too (and their busy season usually begins 1/1)! Side note: some companies won’t guarantee processing before the end of the year if you don’t meet their cutoff date (I’ve seen the cutoff as early as 12/15 before) since they’re processing workload has skyrocketed. AKA - don’t wait until the last minute!
Assess and Adjust the 4Ps: Process, Pricing, Proposals, Performance.
Assess current quarter and/or year: How did it go? What went well? What needs improvement? What needs to be added, cut or adjusted in our service offerings?
Prepare for next quarter and/or year: What do we want and need to do for next year? What goals is our team trying to achieve? What kind of a work-life flow creates the balance in our weeks?
Don’t forget that mixed into working on the business, is resting and relaxing. Give yourself permission to enjoy a shorter week. Get outdoors, spend time with family, bake cookies. Seriously -> go live a good life this month (and all year long)!
It’s simple and fun, but has taken me a year to get to this place. I’m curious - are you ready to do something like this? Do you want more insight on how it worked? If so, join the newsletter to stay up to date!
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