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Christmas End of Year Review

Well it’s that time again where we wrap up the old year, and prepare for the new. In between is Xmas. It’s one of the most indulgent and stressful times of the year, in business, and personally. What started many years ago as a religious celebration has turned, for some, into a commercial nightmare. Now don’t get me wrong. I’m not anti Xmas. Just anti some of the things that happen that normally wouldn’t.

It’s also a good time to reflect. What worked and what didn’t. And more importantly, why. Was it due to strategy, planning, implementation, support, systems, structure, or standards, either good or bad. This will set the scene for what has to change or shift next year. Remember that most New Year resolutions fail due to one of the above. Merry Xmas

Here are 5 tips to help you get through Xmas

  1. There is a culture in Australia around drinking alcohol and it’s an unhealthy one. Xmas is not an excuse to drink more, or more often. Try to keep your alcohol intake normal, or less
  2. It is also a time for overeating. If you’re going to increase your food intake, increase your exercise program. Exercise increase calorie burn, and decreases appetite
  3. December is notorious for people wanting four weeks work completed in three. Don’t fall for it. Try to determine what absolutely MUST be done by Xmas, and do the rest later
  4. As soon as you have some down time read a book. This provides a nice retreat from the chaos that often surrounds you. Read one that calms, instead of stimulates the brain
  5. Have fun. Xmas tends to be stressful because we make it that way. Do something that involves children, and they’ll take you to the fun side of things


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