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Taking Time Off During the Most Hectic Time of the Year
  • 15 December 2016
  • Eric Michaels

Taking Time Off During the Most Hectic Time of the Year

When you are a small business owner, everything you do—from the time you get into the office every morning to how you plan out your vacations—sets the tone for your company and every member of your staff. Unfortunately, it can be difficult for you to take time off during the holiday season, because it tends to be one of the busiest times of the year for small businesses. Here are some tips on how you can keep your operations in order during these hectic months.

Juggle work with breaks

Naturally, it is not ideal for you to take a week off during your peak season, especially when your company is still growing. At times like these, you might want to plan to work a few half-days. This type of vacation schedule will help you get some much needed rest and relaxation, while still allowing you to be a part of your daily business operations. Perhaps you can recharge by taking a longer lunch break than usual or heading home for a quick nap. You could also schedule all of your meetings in the morning, so that you can have some freedom to leave a few hours before the work day officially ends. Even if you cannot afford to take off an entire week, you can maintain a clear head and get the energy you need to power through this busy season by taking a few breaks throughout the day.


A common mistake that small business owners make is refusing to delegate tasks to their staff members. At some point, you need to let go a bit and trust your employees to take on some additional responsibilities. By taking a step back from some of the less important tasks that you normally complete, you can give yourself a rejuvenating mental break.

If you do not have a second-in-command to count on at these moments, you might want to hire some additional staff members before the hectic time of year arrives. You can always leverage freelance HR services to help you find valuable candidates.

Plan out everyone's time off in advance

With the holiday season approaching, you should talk to your staff members about how they plan to celebrate with their friends and family members. This information can help you create a PTO schedule for your entire company. Hopefully, your employees' requested days off do not overlap in such a way that could have a negative impact on your company. Nevertheless, you should devise a plan for how to handle a situation in which a large number of staff members want to take the same holiday week off. If your business needs to be open during the holidays, you must make sure to create a schedule that spreads the responsibility around. After all, everyone deserves to have quality time with their families during these festive months.

Remember to take care of yourself

However essential your business seems at times, you must always prioritize your mental and physical health. As an entrepreneur, you have to balance your work duties with life outside of the office in order to succeed. After all, successful businesses are more like marathons than sprints. If you treat yourself and your employees well at the most hectic times, chances are that you will make more of the slow times in your industry.

As a small business owner, you need to figure out a way to give yourself some breaks during the holidays, even though it may be one of the busiest times of the year in terms of sales. Be sure to keep the above tips in mind if you are struggling to figure out how to take time off while ensuring your business has a successful holiday season.

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