The holidays are approaching quickly. Thanksgiving and Black Friday are one week away and most stores have all of their Christmas items out. Can you believe it? Where did this year go? It cannot be the end of November! What happened to 2013?
Ok...yes, I have lost track of time. If you're like me, a self-proclaimed (and actually kind of proud of it) workaholic, then this is going to resonate with you. LISTEN (well...read)...stop multi-tasking, give me your attention for just a few minutes (enough to read ~700 words) because this is going to be good!
As our company motto says it all: We give you what you NEED not what you WANT. So brace yourself. I'm about to unleash some truisms.
Many of us believe that during the holiday season we'll find some down time to actually rest, enjoy the family, and celebrate the holiday, right? WRONG! Most of us are finding that we're getting busier and busier as the holidays are moving in on us. We know the upcoming week is a short week so clients are cramming in meetings and requests for services, staff is swamped trying to get ahead, and we're juggling each day trying to keep our head above water. And we're only in November. December is bound to get even crazier.
So, let's get right down to it. What are you doing to manage the chaos that unfolds over the holiday season? How are you taking care of your organization? Your people? You?
Seriously. Many of us don't stop to think about the impact of not taking a break. And for many it is much needed and way overdue. It's vital that the organization and the people within the organization thrive and stay healthy over the holiday season. That means taking some down time to nurture the organization and the people in it. Will it be crazy? Probably so. Can it be managed? Of course.
This is how it works. In order to nurture your business, you have to do it from the inside out. What does that look like? Well, in short, it means it starts with you...on the inside. You have to take care of yourself first, then your people, and, in turn, the company will be taken care of. Let me explain.
You First! Yes, I said put yourself first. Determine what your needs are. What MUST get done versus what can be put on the back burner? Take some needed down time to relax and recuperate. Spend some time with friends and family. Take care of yourself. I say this because if you do not take care of yourself first, how can you take care of the organization or the people within it?
Your Team Next! Those of you who know me know that I would normally say take care of your people first, but in this case it's ever so important to make sure you're relaxed and refreshed so that you can give your team the best you've got to give. You'll be more in tune with their needs (because you won't be as stressed or tired) and more able to support them through the holiday season. They'll be able to lean on you because you'll be strong and recharged!
And Then Your Organization. Believe me when I say it -- if the people within the organization are happy, healthy and revived, the organization will reap the benefits. I promise you. Organizations with happy, healthy employees out-perform their counterparts who drive their employees into the ground. Work will always be there (that doesn't mean turn into a slacker), but people have got to take time to rest and relax. If the organization encourages this type of behavior, they will be rewarded handsomely.
I believe in the saying, "Work hard, play hard". So for those workaholics who were able to STOP what they were doing to read this today, first congratulations, and secondly, go put in for some time off right now. :-)
I really want to know...what are you doing to Nurture Your Business from the Inside Out? How important is it to take care of you, your team, and your organization during the holidays? Year round? I hope you'll share your thoughts.