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It’s that magical time of year, the start of the end-of-year holiday season. If you’re in the United States, you’re just getting over your turkey hangover, your colleagues all may seem to be on vacation, and it probably feels like a great time to coast your way to the end of the year.
You’ve probably got a laundry list of items that you’d like to do though – planning, budgets, brainstorming, and more. But with short, dark days and more and more people disappearing from the office as the weeks pass, it can be easy to chalk up the lack of productivity to “well, it’s like this every November and December!”
Throughout my years in the workforce, I’ve learned that this is actually a very critical time – how you spend it can set the tone for the start of your next year.
Here are some ideas for how to make the best use of the coming month to set yourself for success throughout 2018.
1) Get Reflective
December is a great time to take a look back. Evaluate 2017 holistically – what went well? What didn’t? Dig into the numbers and reporting and see if you can find any trends that could influence your 2018 plan.
For example, review all opportunities that were closed lost, or opportunities that went stagnant – are there any patterns across them? Can you re-engage them with a special offer or unique piece of content at the start of the new year?
2) Queue Up a Campaign for the Beginning of January.
The (understandable) excitement surrounding this time of year can make it easy to fall into a slower cadence. When thinking about your next big piece of content or major campaign, “It can wait till January,” is something I’ve convinced myself of many times before.
But if you lose steam now, come January 2, you’ll have nothing in hand to put out into the market, and it may not be till late January that you actually get anything finalized. Plan for and develop resources to support two to three campaigns that are ready to launch right when you are back in the office January 2, so that you get the year off to a strong start.
3) Plan Beyond January
Don’t just have a plan for January – take this time of year to take the long view. What do you want to accomplish long-term, beyond January, beyond Q1? What does the rest of 2018 look like? Think beyond just your marketing program – how do you want to advance your career? What skills do you want to focus on developing? It’s a great time of year to focus on the big picture.
4) Sign Off on Any Key Contracts and Programs
Before heading out for vacation, make sure all your T’s are crossed and your I’s are dotted on any key contracts. The last thing you want is an unwelcome surprise after the first when you realize something was missed and you were Go to the full article.
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