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Tips to End the Year with Your Sanity Intact

With December around the corner, each one of us, including business owners, start-up owners, and entrepreneurs, is dealing with the end of one phase and the looming approach of a new one. Whether you’re burning out toward the finish line or entering rest mode a little too early, we’d like to share some insights into why you might be feeling fatigued or just plain over it, and help you finish the year on a high note.

Cause #1: The length of your goal list for the year and the time remaining till 31 December are at odds with each other.

At the start of 2023, you likely set up several ambitious objectives to achieve before the year ran out. Now, you might be realising that you won’t meet them all! This makes you overwhelmed and possibly ready to cave in. You might be dealing with feelings of disappointment for not having reached every goal you had set out to achieve at the beginning of the year.

Solution: Take a breather and allow yourself to be a bit more flexible with your goals while celebrating what you did achieve.

Parse your tasks and refine them down to a shortlist of items that can only be taken care of before the year runs out. Ask yourself, “Which of these could I realistically postpone until early in the new year?”. Chances are, you’ve overestimated the importance of at least one or two tasks due to the general minute-to-midnight atmosphere prevalent in businesses this time of year.

It’s very important to also take stock of what you did manage to achieve this year and to congratulate yourself and your employees on work well done. This will give everyone involved a much-needed uptick in morale to help you keep going.

Cause #2: Financial strain is taking its toll on your brainpower and your pocket.

This time of year is infamous for the sheer number of financial tasks that need to be consolidated. Every business is dealing with budget assessments for the coming year, preparations for the looming tax year-end, and financial year-end reviews.

In other words, on top of your regular workload you are dealing with high-stakes financial pressure.

Solution: Set a portion of time each day to devote solely to your business’ finances.

Tell yourself that outside of these timeslots, you are not going to fret about money. Having boundaries set up will help you focus on each different task. If you try to do everything at once, you will just overload yourself beyond your mental capacity and end up making unnecessary mistakes with your finances.

Cause #3: The sheer amount of work to be done is running you down.

As a business or start-up owner or entrepreneur, you are probably shouldering a lot more responsibility than is necessary, due to your drive and passion for your business. But you have to admit that you can’t do it all by yourself, especially when under immense pressure at the end of the year.

Solution: Delegate what you can to contractors, bookkeepers, or employees.

Identify members of your team who are capable of taking responsibility for some of your tasks. Also consider hiring independent outside help such as a bookkeeper or virtual admin assistant. Having the work spread out to multiple proficient people will help you accomplish more in less time, without sacrificing quality.

It also helps to break your to do list into micro goals. Small and easily achievable wins will help boost your confidence and motivate you to keep going.

You can also lighten your mental load by simply speaking to other businesspeople or mentors. Identify who you can approach and offload a little bit. They might just give you some insights that you didn’t know you needed.

Cause #4: You’ve neglected your needs as a person in light of the pressure on you as a professional.

When your every day is focussed on work, deadlines, and responsibilities, it becomes so easy to forget that you are a person with normal needs for comfort, relaxation, and escape. You prefer to spend your time grinding in order to achieve the best possible outcomes. But what if constant exhausting work is actually counteractive to success?

Solution: Identify ways in which you can practice self-care in order to rest and recuperate.

Odds are you’ve been neglecting going outside in the open air and sunlight, two factors that are crucial for good physical and mental health. So, set a reminder on your smart device to head outdoors for regular breaks throughout the day. You can also incorporate a quick workout in the morning before work to start the day with a lifted mood, or practice deep breathing during your coffee break to return to a calm state of mind.

Whichever way you choose to take care of yourself, make sure that you do. Your body, and your business, will be better off for it.

Conclusion and a note to our clients and partners:

­­We hope that one of these insights and solutions will help you feel more confident ending the year. You’ve made it this far and we’re confident that you will finish the year strong! We’re always here to help you see through the haze and clarify your goals, as well as to help you take on the varying challenges that arise at the different times of year in your business.

We’d also like to take this opportunity to thank all of our clients and partners for your ongoing support and faith in the Cross team. Our offices will be closed from 14 December until 2 January, after which we will be ready to support you with whatever life throws at you and your business in 2024. Until then, you can still catch us on our Instagram where we’ll be posting all the way through the rest of the year.

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