How to Maintain Small-Business Productivity During the Holidays

How to Maintain Small-Business Productivity During the Holidays

The holiday season is almost upon us and very soon celebration invites and thoughts of who’s hosting Christmas dinner become top of mind.  The demands of the festive season become greater as the countdown begins.  As your mind drifts into thoughts of a white Christmas, reality bites – there’s still work to be done. Here are some tips to maintain your small-business productivity and prepare for the new year ahead. When all around you is chaos– keep your cool and stay focused. If you don’t already have a daily planning ritual, it could be a good time to start. During the busy holiday time, more than ever you need a daily and weekly plan to maintain your focus in order to complete what needs to get done. Start by scheduling your priority tasks into your calendar. Schedule shorter batches of time to allow for the smaller less important tasks to get done. Take advantage when your clients slow down during the holidays. Not every industry gets busy around the holiday season, in fact many shutdown altogether.  If your clients slow down or shutdown make sure you use this additional time in your week to work on important projects and other work that may have been neglected. If things are really quiet, why not dedicate a day to clearing out your office space, de-cluttering your desktop and organising your computer files. You’ll start back to work after the holidays feeling motivated and ready for action. Planning is critical to success, put aside some time to reflect on achievements, set goals and plan for the following year. Get prepared early on....
How To Set Up Your Office for Success

How To Set Up Your Office for Success

Whether you are setting up an office in town or dedicating a part of your home to an office, your work environment will be crucial to your productivity, happiness and overall success.  If you are setting up a new office, you can decorate your office over time, but it’s important to get the basics right from the start. And if your present current office consists of hand-me-downs and boring furniture dating from the previous millennium and is making you miserable, then you are due for a totally fresh start! Here’s how to make the most productive use of your office space and turn it into a functional and healthy environment. Determine your needs and create a space that is right for you Some people need complete silence and Zen-like serenity in order to concentrate on their work, while others work best in a vibrant atmosphere that exudes high energy. If you are easily distracted, make sure that you have some privacy at your work station. If you have to interact with colleagues while working, a screen or wall divider might be a good option. Make sure that your office furniture is adjustable to your height and body measurements. Have the right tools for the jobs you perform. For example, if you spend a lot of time on the telephone in your job function, invest in a hands-free headset. For a more personalised space, bring something in your favourite colour into your office space and maybe a special photo; remember not to overdo it as these items will end up cluttering your desk.   An ergonomically correct workspace Ergonomics is...