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How Entrepreneurs Can Stay Productive During the Holidays

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With the holidays coming up, it feels impossible to keep your focus, especially as an entrepreneur. While you might have struggled in the past, this year can be different! 

Below are four tips about productivity, stress management, and planning over the holidays for entrepreneurs:

1. Tidy up the loose ends 

Entrepreneurs need to have a bunch of irons in the fire at once. That’s how you move your business forward. However, the end of the year is when other businesses are winding down and usually making less purchasing decisions. Everything moves a little slower at the end of the year, and that’s not a bad thing for entrepreneurs. 

This means it’s the perfect time to wrap up all the loose ends you inevitably have floating around. That project you had to push aside? The leads you never followed up on? That idea that had to take a back seat to more pressing tasks? Now is the time to give them some attention. You never know where your next best idea is going to come from! 

“If you spend too much time thinking about a thing, you’ll never get it done” – Bruce Lee

2. Make a plan for next year 

If you’re thinking about your 2020 business plan on January 1st, you’re in a bad spot. You should already have a set business plan for the year, but now is the perfect time to start thinking about which projects you want to execute first.

We’ve shared that, “one of the questions that we should be asking is “What can I do to get more, to do more?”…as an entrepreneur, we have to be a little more creative than the average person and find ways to increase our capacity.” How are you going to increase your capacity in the new year? Where do you want to improve? Forget New Years Resolutions, start right now and you’ll be ahead of your competition.

3. Take time to celebrate

As an entrepreneur, you’re used to the grind. Your team hopefully is as well, but that doesn’t mean you all can hustle your way through the holiday season. You should respect your team’s time this holiday season. Flexible work schedules are popular for a reason on a regular day, but that goes doubly for the end of the year.

Celebrating as an office can be a morale boost as well! Just make sure that it’s an optional, since not everyone celebrates the same things. You don’t have to guess at this; just talk things through with your team! Find out who celebrates what and make sure they’re represented in your celebrations.

You also need to make sure you’re taking time off! Like we said, you can’t always be on the grind, or you’ll burn out, fast. Take this time to think about your accomplishments and enjoy your loved ones.

“We think there is endless time to live but we never know which moment is last. So share, care, love, and celebrate every moment of life.”

4. Get the help you need

You might be reading this and thinking, “Well that’s all nice in theory, but I have a business to run! When am I supposed to find time to celebrate with my team, plan ahead, and wrap up business for the year?” The answer is to make sure you get help! You have to make this time, and you can’t do it all on your own. The good news is that this is easier than ever with outsourcing. 

Get professionals online to handle tasks that are important but time consuming, like call answering and appointment scheduling. Freelancers on sites like Fiverr can handle quick design or video projects. Outsourcing year round makes a lot of sense, but it’s almost an essential during the holidays. Save your time and energy for the bigger picture!

The holidays are a great time to reflect on your success, consider your opportunities, and plan ahead. Make sure you enjoy every minute by being present, celebrating, setting your goals and getting the support you need. You deserve it!

How do you make sure to stay productive during the holidays? Share your ideas and thoughts with us below!

Parker Davis is the CEO of Nexa, a leader in the virtual receptionist and technology-enabled answering services industry. He believes that the application of data analytics, investment in technology, and fostering a positive company culture together create highly efficient and scalable growth companies. In 2016, Nexa achieved record revenues while also being awarded the Top Companies to Work For in Arizona award. Parker is also the Managing Partner of Annison Capital Partners, LLC, a private investment partnership. Follow him @callnexa and on Facebook and LinkedIn.

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My greatest and most moving discovery while studying the life of Dr. King was the very answer to our question. 

Yes, he had the personality to be a leader, yes he had the bravery to use his voice, yes he evoked REAL change in government and policies, but the manifestation of all those comes from his willingness to lead a movement truly rooted in consciousness. 

A peaceful approach

Dr. King was continuously met with frustration, hate, and even violence by both law enforcement and those who wanted to fight for equality through violence. But the more violent things became, the more he dug his heels into a peaceful approach. Dr. King’s unwavering faith in the power to lead with peace and not violence is undoubtedly why his legacy is such a pillar of our nation still to this day. It is easier to fight.

Hate, anger and separateness from one another are primitive emotions on the emotional scale of well being but It takes awareness, understanding and elevated consciousness to move from a place of peace and understanding. Dr. King knew that we all have access to these states of higher consciousness and that our true power lies in a peaceful approach.

He is an example of the truest essence of our consciousness in this human experience. How to truly love your neighbor as yourself. 

Conscious compassion

Even the strongest opponents are human. Meet hate with love + compassion for the enemy” he said. It wasn’t his resistance to violence that made him a peacemaker, but rather his commitment to keeping compassion and connection to all humanity at the forefront of his movement. A profound understanding that underneath all the hate, violence and discrimination, we are all one. We all come from the same source and we are all human.

A conscious king

A man of his position, his power, his following could have been easily swayed by the human temptations of the ego. But he remained steadfast in his cause to bring forth real change. He understood on the deepest level that we are truly a stronger force in the universe when we move as one unit, with one mind, and one goal. That the separation from one another is the weakness of humanity. That our strength is in those things that unite us all, the qualities that give us life.

His success was in uniting not just the people of America but the consciousness of America.

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His cause went far beyond the need for physical freedom and equal rights. His cause was for freedom of mind, freedom of heart, freedom to be one. 

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