If you’re a small business owner, I know what you’re thinking right now. I know you’re thinking ‘hooray, most people are finishing up work today, that means I’ll get to spend the next few weeks catching up on my back log of work. Won’t that be nice? I’ll be able to start the new year with a nice clean slate!’ Here are two big problems with the above (speaking from considerable experience).
- You never ‘catch up’ so you will never start the year with a clean slate.
- If, by some major fluke, you DO catch up, you’ll be starting the year with a clean slate, but you’ll be really, really tired.
This time last year, I wrote a book. I spent the whole period between shut-down and re-opening (two weeks) writing, researching and editing. It was great because I got my book written. But by the time my inbox started to fill again in January, I was tired. And I’ve not caught up on that tiredness this whole year.
So here are 10 things I’m planning to do in the weeks between Saturday 20 December and Monday 5 January:
- Read a lot of books.
- Move slowly in the mornings and savour not having to be out of the house by a certain time.
- Lie on the couch and watch the cricket.
- Go to the beach.
- Spend quality time with my little family … and my wider family.
- Have whole days where there are no plans.
- Eat, drink and be merry.
- Have long showers*.
- Go on long walks*.
Those last three items? The ones with the stars?
They are the most crucial with regard to how my next year will pan out.
They’re the things that will allow ideas to surface and clarity to emerge. (Ideas and clarity are the things that tend to make themselves absent when you’re always tired and just keeping your head above water. ) And I guarantee those three things won’t get a chance to show themselves for you if you spend these last two weeks of the year madly catching up on this last year, and trying to ‘get ahead’ for next year.