5 Tips for a Slow Work Week
Granted it may be a little late to apply this year, but I thought it would be good to reflect on what to do when business isn’t exactly booming. Traditionally, the week between Christmas and New Year’s is very slow due to a lot of people taking off for vacation. This also happens toward the end of August, and while it can be a welcome breather, it is also hard to efficiently manage your time when there isn’t the usual workload you are accustomed to. Of course, sometimes there are deals to be closed, but if you find yourself in a bit of lull, here are a few pointers.
Tip #1: Grow a beard, wear something comfortable, or get an extra half-hour of sleep.
This can be a welcome change of pace and help recharge the batteries for when the sprint resumes in the new year.
Tip #2: Schedule a breakfast or lunch for each day with someone with whom you have been meaning to catch up.
It can be hard to find time when business ratchets back up and is a great way to maintain personal connections that may get lost during the year.
Tip #3: Clear out your inbox, get rid of useless clutter, and get lean for the the first week of January.
When everyone gets back from fun in the sun or a week on the slopes, it’s go time and you better be ready.
Tip #4: Spend time reviewing your year and make sure to personally reach out to people with whom you have an open dialogue.
It is a great week to get back on people’s radar and strengthen ties for 2012.
Tip #5: Make sure all systems are go for the new year and you have a well-crafted plan to have a successful year.
Playing catch-up is not fun and this week affords us the ability to oil up the machine and be ready to rock when everyone is back.
This is how I spent my week and would love to hear any suggestions you might have. I hope all of you had a great 2011 and even better 2012. Happy New Year!