With the holiday season upon us, now is a good time to tidy up those last minute tasks so you can step away from your business and fully enjoy your break.

You’ve worked hard this year and you deserve time away with family and friends to completely relax and recharge.

So to help you along, here are seven tips for closing off the year and stepping out of your business and into your holiday with confidence.

1. Plan what you want to complete before the year-end
This might seem obvious but a good plan is never wasted when you’ve got a holiday coming up. Get it all out of your head and down on paper – every last detail! You might even want to plan the first few days of your 2019 working week so that you’re good to go when you get back. Doing this works wonders for the mind when taking a break!

2. Systematically work through your plan
Once you’ve got everything down on paper, start to schedule what needs to be done and by when and then work through it. Do not be concerned if you don’t complete everything. Just start with the highest priorities and work your way down the list to the least important things.

3. Accept that not everything will get done
If nothing else, this is the most important point of all. It’s a crazy busy time of year with so much to get done and a seemingly endless amount of incoming demands. So be kind to yourself. What doesn’t get done is not going to end the world. Be comfortable with where you land as your work year ends.

4. Brief and train any staff who will remain in the office
This is where you might be able to hand over any tasks you won’t have time to get done. Delegation is a good thing and so too is getting your team in place to man the fort and keep things going over the break. Be sure they fully understand that you’re on holiday and what to do and who to contact in an emergency.

5. Daydream about your upcoming holiday
This one needs no explanation but take a few minutes each day throughout the weeks leading up to your break and give yourself something to look forward to. It certainly helps create order out of chaos as the silly season hits.

6. Remember who and what’s important in life
Sometimes we get caught up in the busyness of running our business, especially at this time of year. It’s always good to take some time – perhaps while daydreaming – to remind ourselves of the truly important things in life and feeling grateful for our family and friends. It’s a cliché but no-one on their death bed ever said they wished they’d spent more time in the office.

7. Plan, Do, Relax
What more can be said than plan your activities to the year-end, do them and then go relax.

From the Humphries team, we wish you a safe and happy festive season and look forward to catching up with you in 2019.