With the year drawing to a close, people are preparing for their Christmas festivities. They're hanging up their suits. Settling down. Pushing all thoughts and worries about work to the back of their minds.
When they return to work in the new year, they often find themselves dealing with the fallout from their break. Erratic calendars, unplanned business activities, and confusion sweep through the office as people try to catch up on their backlog and get their business ready for the new year.
Why is this? They didn't take the time to properly plan out their year ahead.
Planning out your editorial, marketing and general business calendar is a necessary process. It's usually a long and annoying affair, which is why people in the business world push it out of their minds until they get back to work mid-January.
This shouldn't be the case. Instead, it should be faced and conquered early on, so that you can really enjoy the Christmas period.
There are huge benefits awaiting you if you take the time and get your planning out of the way sooner rather than later.
Planning Removes Your Holiday Anxiety
There's nothing more annoying to both you and your family than if you can't fully switch off over your holidays. If you haven't organised your 2016, it'll linger in the back of your mind, being a constant, nagging source of anxiety.
By biting the bullet and getting your planning over and done with, you'll be able to fully relax over your break.
You'll truly unwind, returning to work completely refreshed and ready to launch full-steam ahead into the new year.
It Builds the Foundation for a Smooth Sailing Business
More than giving you the ability to relax over your break, planning your year ahead builds a strong foundation for your business to run off of. Instead of rushing to organise your activities, approach your 2016 with a cool, clear mind in advance.
Sorting out your 2016 before it's upon you gives you the ability to take a step back and really think about what you want the year to hold.
You can properly identify your goals, as well as the steps needed to achieve them - giving clear directions for your teams.
This is especially relevant to those hoping to get their business humming as soon as possible. If you're not sure of your direction right from the start, you can miss out on valuable opportunities taking place later on. For example, if you don't get your act together until mid-February, it might be too late to take advantage of that March potential.
You'll Have a Stress-Free Start
By fully planning out your year ahead early, you give yourself a stress-free start to your year. Instead of running at lower productivity levels while you plan, you can rest easy in the knowledge that everything is already in place.
When your year ahead is planned in advance, you can walk in the door in January and pick up right where you left off.
With this ability to pinpoint your targets, you give your teams a clear road to drive down. Right from the very start of the year, whatever teams you have are all in alignment with their goals. No more unutilised resources for the first 2 weeks of work - you and your teams can dive right in.
Hit The Ground Running and Sprint Past Competition
Because the majority of people leave their planning to the start of the year, you have the opportunity to give your business a serious competitive advantage.
With a fully-rested staff and a clear vision of the year to come, you and your team can jumpstart into 2016.
While your competitors are still sluggish and trying to catch up on tasks left to the wayside, you can position yourself to take advantage of your market. Their weakness will be your strength, and it'll set you up in a powerful position for the year.
While it can be difficult to muster up the mid-December enthusiasm to tackle the task of planning your 2016 head on, your initial efforts will repay you ten-fold in the new year. More than that, it'll give you the chance to really relax and enjoy this Christmas the way it was intended - totally stress-free.
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