Change In Plans

It is the holidays and one thing that is sure to happen is your having to change course. Perhaps the office is understaffed or distracted by the holidays and work isn’t getting done. Or, you had everything under control to balance work and life and now there is just too much to do. The stress of it all can be challenging.

One good way to deal with the nature of the holidays is to look at disruptions as a change in plans. Acknowledge what is happening, get present and decide the best course for you. That way, change or missed expectations do not get the better of you. Total control is an illusion. Best to ride with what happens, adjust your expectations and make the best of it.

 

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Away From It All

During the holidays, how about planning some time to get away from it all? There are lots of reasons to do this: managing stress, maintaining perspective and balance, enjoying yourself, making sure you don’t lose it when it matters and getting to the end of the holidays in one piece.

It can be just a day or a few hours or it can be longer. It is up to you. What do you think you need? What will you do? Where will you go?

 

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Ready To Venture?

Venture – a risky or daring journey or undertaking.

The holidays are here. They can be a time of joy and pain, connection and disconnection, reaching and hiding and hope and discouragement. Within their energy, conditions may be right for you to “venture”. You can ride on the wings of positivity or pick yourself up from being down.

What do you dream of? What has held you back from pursuing that dream? Are you ready to venture closer to that dream? You may encounter uncertainty. It may take some time. That’s okay. Get started on your venture and by the time the holidays are here in 2018, bet you’ll be in a whole new place!

 

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They’re Coming!

The holidays are just around the corner. How can you make them the best you’ve ever had? Here are some things to think about: balance, joy, who lifts you up and who doesn’t, parties, money, work, play, rest, new beginnings, endings and fun.

Setting your intentions for the kind of holidays you want to have is powerful and satisfying!

 

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“They’re Here”

The holidays have arrived. How are you doing? You can control how you experience the holidays this year or you can let them control you and take you on a wild, not so pleasant, ride. Which will it be?

What are three things that you can do today to make the holidays your best ever? Do them and enjoy!

 

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10 Ways To Pause During The Holidays

benchpixabay1. Take a walk alone, during or at the end of the day.

2. Go to see a movie.

3. Close your office door (if you can) or go to a conference room and sit quietly for five minutes.

4. Stay home one day on a weekend.

5. Stop whatever you are doing and bring yourself fully to the present moment, three times each day.

6. Look at your calendar and eliminate one thing on it each week and do not replace it with activity.

7. Have a quiet meal with a friend or family member.

8. Turn off the radio or any other noise when you are driving, at least once each day.

9. Sit quietly for 10 minutes, with no distraction, before you go to sleep.

10. Take a nap.

 

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The Intensity Of The Holidays

holidayspixabayYour awareness of the strength of emotions, personal demands and impact of the holidays is a starting point for managing through them. The holidays are not business as usual.

How are your colleagues, team and you yourself doing during the holidays? Are people keeping their focus, maintaining productivity and collaborating well? Or, are you noticing changes, gaps or problems caused by the holidays? The holidays call for adjusting the way you manage yourself and others. Best to realistically assess what can get done during the holidays as well as what must get done and plan accordingly. Doing so will serve you and your team well and let you begin 2016 on top of your game.

 

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December Already?

ID-100302939No question that our world is speeding up. It is helpful to pause at certain points and look at where you are and where you want to go. What do you think about today being December 1st? The start of the holidays? The end of 2015 is coming? Running out of time?

What will December look like to you? What do you want to accomplish this month? How will you fit the holidays in? Will December be a slow or fast month for you? How will you balance?

I know – a lot of questions. However, answering them will allow you to take control of your month and make it what you want it to be.

 

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How Are You Doing In The Holiday Rush?

ID-100203330It can be helpful, in the midst of holiday season, to stop and check in with yourself. It brings you fully to the present moment and puts you in a good place to assess how things are going. How are you feeling as you read this post? Do you feel in balance or stressed with your holiday preparations and obligations? Is a course-correction warranted? Or, some downtime to regroup? If you’d like some tips for the holiday season, check out my previous blog post, 10 Ways to Experience The Holidays With Ease.  May you enjoy the holiday season and thrive in it!

 

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Managing Through The Holidays

ID-100146438They’re here – the holidays are upon us. Have you given any thought to how you will manage yourself and your team through the holidays? There’s a different energy during the holidays – one of heightened emotions, celebration, distraction, stress and interaction. It is helpful to make adjustments during the holidays so you can limit stress and keep work flowing. You can start this process by considering a few things:

What are your non-negotiable December deadlines? Can you meet them?

How will team members’ holiday vacation days affect workflow this month?

Do you anticipate any emotional upsets, stress or distractions on the part of individual team members that could affect their productivity?

Will you make time for celebration and relaxation for you and your team?

The holidays can be both a fun and a productive time for you and your team. Some planning and a few adjustments can make them so. Make it a good holiday month!

 

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