This time of year is funny because depending on your situation, you could be totally immersed in family, friends, travel, visitors, food, and drink (or subsitute whatever noun you’d like). You could also be, as some business owners are, overworked, isolated, stressed-out and with no time for socializing. You could also be a newer business owner, depressed about your lack-luster sales this past year, and isolated working on your next “big thing”.
Whatever it is that you are focused on, just know that not everyone else is at the same place as you. Be sensitive.
While I love this time of year, I know others who don’t have family to spend time with, or recently relocated away from friends and family.
Cut people some slack.
Also, don’t espect that everyone is gone. Sure, most people are taking a five day weekend, I’ll bet – either in body or in spirit – but those last couple of days of the year can be well spent in a number of ways:
contacting those who are around (they will be more relaxed most likely, and more able to talk)
getting organized for the new year
working on any software you are not up to speed with yet – for accounting, tracking clients, etc.
miscellaneous organizational projects to help you hit the ground running in 2008.
Write a business plan, or a marketing plan, or a sales plan. Set ten big goals for 2008. Create a mind map.
Focus on what needs to be done next year – and make your plan now.