How to Acheive the Perfect Work-Life Balance During the Holidays

Achieving work-life balance is difficult any time of the year, but it’s especially tough to do during the holidays. Here’s how to pull it off.

Achieving that perfect balance of work and life is difficult any time of the year, but between the festive parties, wrapping presents, and helping out with your kid’s holiday pageant, it’s especially difficult to balance at this time of year. When the scale has a tendency to lean a little more towards the “life” side of things, how do you keep your work a priority?

Put everything on the same calendar.

Typically, the number one rule of keeping work life and personal life separate is to leave work at work and leave home at home. Though, during this time of year, with so many things going on, it’s easier and more efficient to just keep everything in one place. If you have an elementary school recital you need to attend in the middle of a Friday, you need to make sure it doesn’t conflict with any big projects or meetings also on that day. Keep all of your obligations on one calendar. Mark work obligations, like meetings, presentations, and big assignments, in one color, and personal obligations in another color.

Take care of your bigger tasks in the morning.

Though it can sometimes take a little time to warm up in the mornings, it’ll benefit you in the long run to take care of your bigger projects first thing in the morning.

If you’re one of those people who have a little trouble operating at full speed in the morning, I suggest trying to get “warmed up” for the day before even getting to the office.Though it sounds counterproductive to the night owls of the world, wake up a little earlier. Instead of rushing in the morning to try and get as much sleep as possible, wake up a little earlier to enjoy a cup of coffee at home, watch the news, read the paper, get into a nice little routine to make you feel awake and ready for the day. Then once at work, tackle all of your big tasks leaving the afternoon free if you need to head out early to pick up the kids or prep the house for a party.

Let everyone know when you’re gone.

Because everyone has a crazy schedule this time of year, communication is key. As the boss, you need to give people a heads up as to when you’ll be gone because you need to make sure everything gets done! Even the boss needs some help every now and then. Clearly and thoroughly assign duties to your employees on the days you need to miss, and let everyone know that if they need to get a hold of you to mark their emails with an “urgent” notification.

Communication between employees and yourself is the only way to tackle this crazy season. As long as you’re making sure all of the work gets done, it’s very possible to cater to everyone’s individual holiday schedules.

Deborah Sweeney is the CEO of MyCorporation.com. MyCorporation is a leader in online legal filing services for entrepreneurs and businesses, providing start-up bundles that include corporation and LLC formation, registered agent, DBA, and trademark & copyright filing services. MyCorporation does all the work, making the business formation and maintenance quick and painless, so business owners can focus on what they do best. Follow her on Google+ and on Twitter @mycorporation.

Are you ready for Small Business Saturday?

While you hear a lot of hype over Black Friday and Cyber Monday, Small Business Saturday has been skyrocketing in popularity and dollars spent over the past few years. If you’re a small business owner, are you ready to capitalize on this holiday?

While you hear a lot of hype over Black Friday and Cyber Monday, Small Business Saturday has been skyrocketing in popularity and dollars spent over the past few years. If you’re a small business owner, are you ready to capitalize on this holiday?

Last year, consumers spent over $5.7 million dollars at small businesses on Small Business Saturday. This year, Small Business Saturday happens on November 29. Here are some ways to make sure you maximize your sales on Small Business Saturday:

  • Make sure customers and passersby know that you’re participating in the holiday. Promote any special deals or shopping incentives through an email campaign or signage.
  • Ensure that you have ample staff on hand to help with unusually large crowds on Saturday so that you can offer the same top-notch customer experience you always do.
  • Head on over to the American Express website. It’s full of helpful resources, printable materials and cool ideas to promote Small Business Saturday in your city.

If you aren’t a small business owner, you can still participate in Small Business Saturday. Make sure to do your holiday shopping on November 29 to support local businesses!

Are you celebrating Small Business Saturday this year? Give us your tips for making the most of this holiday in the comments!

 

It’s That Time Again: Shoeboxed Celebrates Movember

For the third year, the Shoeboxed crew has been growing out our moustaches for Movember, the campaign committed to changing the face of men’s health.

We’re at it again! For the third year, the Shoeboxed crew has been growing out our moustaches for Movember, the campaign committed to changing the face of men’s health. Movember aims to raise awareness and funds for prostate and testicular cancer, and we’re thrilled to support a great cause by getting a little hairy every November.

We have five team members growing mo’s this month– check out a few of them below! We’d really appreciate it if you would support the cause by donating on our Movember team page!

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