It’s commonly believed that in January more people file for divorce than at any other time of the year; a superhuman effort may be required from everyone if the atmosphere is to remain cordial.
For small business owners the effects are amplified. The pressures on time-poor owner managers, especially in the current economic climate, are undeniable. Their focus is usually on ensuring the future success of the business and, in many cases, the lead-up to the end of the calendar year is overshadowed by the end of the company’s financial year.
Christmas celebrations may be merely endured rather than enjoyed and family rather neglected in the run-up. The situation can be even more challenging if your family is a fractured one, traumatised by arguments over which child spends which day with which family unit.
It may be tempting to immerse yourself in your business, but all work and no play doesn’t just make Jack a dull boy – it can seriously affect your health and your family. Sticking your head in the sand will only exacerbate existing problems and it’s essential to plan ahead if you want to survive and even enjoy the season.
Think about this: you wouldn’t leave it until the last minute to order a vital new piece of equipment, or delay a meeting with a new business prospect, would you?
Ensure your family is treated on a par with your business. Make time to discuss contact arrangements with your ex and plan now for quality time with your children during the holidays so you can book any activities well in advance.
If your situation is somewhat frostier and you can’t reach amicable agreement for contact, remember that judges are singularly unimpressed with 11th-hour applications. We all know when Christmas is – especially your children – and this is one time to put them first.
Planning ahead now will also help you to relax during the holiday, and bringing a refreshed and refreshing approach to the business can only reap dividends in the New Year.
We do hope that this Christmas brings you happiness and relaxation – share your tips with us on getting through the stresses of the festive season.