Or to rephrase that question, what do you hope to accomplish before the end of the year? Our friend, Chris Brogan had an interesting post on his blog on Friday, talking about how he uses the holidays (a traditional downtime for most) to produce a lot of content. Here’s what he has to say about the subject …
Chris makes some good points and he’s definitely not the kind of workaholic who doesn’t believe in work/life balance. And there’s no arguing that he’s incredibly productive. But I’m not sure that everyone can apply the same solution to their own business challenges.
Chris has worked hard to design a lifestyle for himself that can take full advantage of these “breaks” in the schedule. He works from home or coffee shops (or pretty much anywhere) and his work is not highly dependent on other team members. But if you are in a more development based, collaborative environment, it can be hard to move projects forward when partners or co-workers are unavailable.
So if you’re in that situation, how can you put Brogan’s advice in to practice?
I don’t mean start thinking of the answer to my question. I mean start thinking about your goals and objectives for the coming months and how you might best accomplish them.
In our current, “always on” environment, we’re barraged by e-mails, tweets, Facebook requests, meetings and countless other demands on our time. As a result, our business culture has become more and more tactically driven and less and less strategic. We need to fight hard to swing the pendulum back the other way and plan more. And the “slow times” are the perfect opportunity to do just that.
So take the time, recharge your batteries, go to a few parties and talk to people. Take your staff out to lunch and thank them for a job well done. And then come back to your office or home, close the door, put your computer to sleep, process everything you’ve heard and plan for the months ahead.
That way, when everyone else comes back from their break, you’ll be able to hand them a comprehensive strategy and task list that will allow them to get right back to work and be more productive than ever.
How will you take advantage of the coming few weeks? Will you know in January how you’re spending the rest of your year?