The Holiday’s are easily the busiest time of the year for most, especially when you work in the toy space. While the Holiday cheer begins to rise around the city so does your workload, clients asks and expectations. Everyone wants to do the best they can for their clients and ensure success, but I think it’s safe to say that we all need to take a step back sometimes and regroup on priorities and strategies.
Here are a few quick and easy ways to clear your head and get back to business.
TAKE A BREATHER
When there’s a couple major priorities coming at you at once, it’s easy to become overwhelmed and stressed out. So many expectations, such little time to accomplish it all. If you every start feeling like it’s all a bit too much, take a step back and take a breather.
There’s no shame is stepping away to clear your head and reorganize your priorities. Sometimes all it takes is a couple undisturbed minutes in your own head to put it all back into perspective and then hit the ground running.
TALK IT OUT
Your colleagues are your best friends when you begin to feel a bit overwhelmed. Sometimes the issue is that you’re in your own head too much, and it all begins to pile up. This is when your turn to your left and right and talk it out with your colleagues.
Bouncing ideas off one another not only helps create new ideas, but sometimes just saying it out loud to another person will help you realize the solution. It also helps to ask for another perspective, so talking to people outside of your team who can offer third-party advice from a different outlook. Some of the best solutions come from those who don’t know all of the tiny details.
It’s really easy to get caught up in the back and forth that comes along with it all. The emails, meetings, conversations on the priorities – these things are important but can also eat up valuable execution time that drives results.
If you do find yourself running out of time to execute your plans, make the time. Clients want results, and and will understand your lack of immediate response to their email when you get that media hit everyone has been waiting for, or hit the KPIs for social media that you’ve been working towards.
Never be afraid to lock yourself away for a little while and power through your task list, because execution is the only way you’ll see results.
It is a busy time of year, but at the same time ending Q4 with a list of accomplishments before heading into January is a great feeling. Take a breather, talk is out and power through the small stuff, because it’ll be worth it in the end.