Business development 8 December 2017

Three small business tips for making December productive

Prioritising tasks is particularly important in December
How can small company owners and the self-employed maximise their available working days to ensure a relaxing Christmas period? CEO of workspace provider Regus, Richard Morris, offers readers his three top tips for making December productive.

The Christmas holiday season is eagerly anticipated, but the festivities mean that the number of working days in the month is curtailed at a time when planning for the new business year makes life busier than ever.

(1) Prioritise and schedule

It sounds obvious, but prioritising tasks is particularly important for making December productive during the shortened working month. Everyone works to different routines, but organisation and planning will help make each working day as efficient as possible.

It isnt a case of working longer hours in a desperate bid to get everything done. Rather, look to optimise existing working hours and to eliminate processes that drain time from the day.

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Easily available hacks, such as flagging priority emails and setting automated reminders, can help you get on top of tasks. Consider whether meetings need to be face-to-face, or whether technology such as Skype can reduce time spent away from desks.

Also think about what needs to be done before the break and what can be carried over. it’s important to get this balance right. There is no point flogging yourself throughout December but, equally, returning to a mammoth January workload will get the new year off to a testing start.

Get organised, tick tasks off as you complete them and get on top of the challenge.

(2) Cut the commute

On average, UK workers spend around eight hours per week commuting to and from the office the equivalent of an entire working day. Eliminating the commute even for just a day or two can help you when making December productive in the run-up to Christmas.

The trick is to select a professional work environment that’s near to home and that enables you to turn up, plug in and get productive. Working from cafes or from home may sound appealing but these places can often be distracting.

Having this extra time at the beginning and end of each working day can really help you get on top of time-consuming yet essential tasks, such as administration and accounting.

What’s more, youll probably feel fresher and more energised from a change of scene and from not having to do battle with timetables, traffic jams and the travelling hordes. You may even save some money on train fares or petrol.

(3) Incentivise and reward

it’s nearly Christmas, treat yourself! Set yourself goals and give yourself a small reward once you’ve ticked them off. A meal out, a drink with friends, a trip to the theatre anything to make you feel good and to help you get through the task list.

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