Managing Holiday Stress: 6 Ways We Can Help.

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Let’s face it. Tis the season of distractions!

This time of year, it’s hard to maintain your productivity. One side of your brain is dreaming of mistletoe, yule tide carols, and finding the world’s most original stocking stuffer, while the other side is attempting to stay focused on seemingly banal office tasks.

The time between Thanksgiving and the turn of the new year can be extraordinarily busy for many people. There are so many competing demands and expectations during the holidays that it’s easy to get overwhelmed and even burn out.

While business doesn’t stop during the holiday season, there ARE ways you can help yourself stay productive.

Here are a few pieces of post-Thanksgiving advice we like to share with our clients:

  • Plan to have downtime over the next month. Ask for needed time off.
  • Create a to-do list and prioritize tasks.
  • Don’t forget to take care of yourself physically. Don’t skip the gym and don’t overcommit.
  • Stop and breathe. Remember what the holidays are all about.
  • Outsource! Don’t try to be a one man or woman show. Here are 6 ways we can help you get holiday-ready right now.
  • 1. Travel planning

    If you’re traveling over the holidays, why not let your virtual assistant compare airline prices and handle the flight and hotel reservations?

    2. Online shopping

    Your Virtual Assistant can help find the best deals on the Internet, and purchase and mail gifts to your clients and loved ones.

    3. Gift recommendations

    Want insight on 2014’s hottest gift? We’ll brainstorm gift Ideas and find the best prices. Gift giving can be the most stressful part of the holidays. Give your VA a list of people you’re shopping for and a little about each person and let them find a thoughtful present for everyone on your list. After picking out each item, have them comparison shop the results to find the best deals.

    4. Order and Mail Holiday Cards

    Clients and family appreciate hearing from you this time of year. A virtual assistant can order custom cards, setup client address lists, print labels or even set-up e-cards to be sent on your behalf. Holiday cards are a great way to acknowledge the people who’ve supported your business and send them well wishes for the season.

    5. Take Care of Business While You’re Away

    As we said above, it’s always a good idea to take some time off over the holidays to spend with family and friends, or to simply mentally recharge. But for many of us, it’s hard to leave work behind. Your virtual assistant can be a good crutch to really let that Out of Office Reply fly – arrange for them to cover for you while you’re gone.

    6. Holiday party planning

    If you are planning a holiday party or dinner, a Virtual Assistant can make recommendations on the hottest new venue for your office shindig.

    It’s a busy time of the year — let us help you do the holidays right. Wouldn’t it be nice to have your own personal elf?
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