This post is sponsored by Office Depot, but all opinions are my own.
The holiday season is a wonderful time for small business owners, but it’s also super hectic. To keep it all together, we need some help! Here are some tips that I use to make the holiday season – and any time of year – a little more balanced as an entrepreneur.
Learn to Outsource
This is such a busy time of year and even our routine tasks can become overwhelming. Hiring a Virtual Assistant is a wonderful way to delegate some of the tasks that don’t require your personal attention and free up your time for the things that can only be done by you!
If you’re not sure what to outsource, spend a few days writing down every single that you do all day. Then review and group like tasks together. Now ask yourself, am I the only person that can do this? For example, creating content requires you because it’s your voice and it’s your face — so you have to be in the photos! But, creating invoices may not require your attention so a Virtual Assistant can help you with that administrative task.
Utilize Stores That Increase Efficiency
Having one place that I can go for everything — from printing to tech to my favorite planner supplies — is not only a huge time saver but it also just puts me at ease.
And we all know that we have to take extra care of our minds and bodies during this busy season! I love to shop at Office Depot and OfficeMax because I can get so many things checked off my list at the same time — for example, my tech problems are solved while I shop for gifts for my team and my planner-loving friends.
It really helps to have a store that increases my efficiency by providing for both my personal and business needs. It brings me such peace of mind knowing that just in case something goes wrong with my laptop (aka the whole command center for my entire business!), I can just pop into Office Depot or OfficeMax and get it taken care of with their tech services. They can handle everything from a cracked phone screen to a virus on my computer with unlimited 24/7 remote tech support, device protection and so much more. And, I’m not running all around town to get things done.
Office Depot is like my second assistant — it helps my business (and by extension my life) run smoother. They also offer a buy online pick up in store service and let me tell you that is a complete game changer! If you’ve never done this, you’re missing out. You can order online and pickup in the store later the same day. So easy! These little things add up so take advantage!
Schedule Time for Yourself
Keeping a nice, tight schedule during this bustling time of year can help to keep you organized and on-track. Of course it’s important to leave time for some flexibility and room for the unexpected things that may pop up.
But you should be sure to schedule time to take care of yourself in whatever ways you need — whether that’s taking time for meal prep, or working out or meditation. If you already do these things, don’t let them go just because it’s an extra busy time of year. And if you don’t already have a self-care routine, now is a wonderful time to start! I’m always talking about this, but our mental and physical well-being are linked! In order to take care of my business, I need to take care of myself too. They go hand in hand.
Do you have any tips to share? How do you find balance during this busy time of year?
Office Depot sponsored this post, but all opinions are my own. Thanks for supporting the brands that support my blog!