After working at Aegis Capital Corp for years, I have seen a number of great employees lose their cool trying to maintain effective time management while dealing with year-end pressures. The year is coming to a close, we are reflecting on the business year behind us, planning for the business year ahead, all while making time for family and friends that are nearest and dearest to us. Most can agree it is a tough time of year when it comes to time management. After seeing the way many of our colleagues handle the busiest time of the year, I have put together a list of a few ways to keep it together this holiday season:
- Go Gift Shopping Early: Do not wait until the last minute to buy gifts for loved ones; it will never work. If you think you have allocated an appropriate amount of time for shopping, you’ll probably need a little more time than you expected. What’s more, the longer you wait, the longer the lines get. I always recommend shopping in November and utilizing Black Friday. Remember: online shopping can be very helpful.
- Draw Out Your Plan: This is obviously something you should be doing all year round. If you are not strategizing when the year is ending, you will not only have a lot to make up for with the short weeks that the holidays create, but the new year will hit you like a ton of bricks. Be prepared, strategize, create goals and hit them.
- Holiday Cards May Cost More Than You Think: The cost we are talking about here is time. We all enjoy receiving thoughtful communications from loved ones during this time of the year. In fact, letting others know how much you care about them brings a feeling of great satisfaction all its own. Showing thoughtfulness towards friends and family is always the right thing to do. Communicating thoughtfulness and care is also equally important for business relationships. Think critically about an effective way to communicate those seasonal greetings while also keeping time on your side. Do you have enough time to fill out dozens of holiday cards? You probably already have email addresses. There are several email services that allow you to upload a list of email addresses and choose holiday e-cards to send, all for free. This can be a great alternative to sending physical cards out if time is running out.
- Look Into A Virtual Assistant: There are a bunch of companies that will assign you an assistant that can help you with many of the items on your to-do list. They are efficient and less than half the price of a real in-person assistant. Plus, you can use them when you want, meaning you only have to pay for what you use. Picking the best deals on gifts and shipping those gifts, on sites like Amazon, can all be done for you by someone virtually.
From all of us here at Aegis Capital Corp., we wish you all a very healthy and prosperous Holiday.