3 thoughts for the week of December 7, 2009 (time management, prep for the Holidays, & planning for 2010)


  1. So it is December, and for the first time since the 3thought site launch, our 3 thoughts almost didn’t make it out. We don’t have an excuse. December just keeps you busy. It keeps everybody busy. And busy can be a good thing. We like having lots to do. But this makes time management all the more important. Especially this time of year, when family and friends become (as they most certainly should) a priority. Time management is not some mystical thing. Keep it simple and you will get all you need to get done when it needs to get done. Start with the all important list. Your brain simply cannot hold everything at the pace it is thrown at you. Plan out your day and block out time for the most important things. Everything else will fill in the gaps.More tips on time management:
  2. It is not a big surprise as to why this time of year can get a little hectic. Just a couple major holidays. If you are a little behind with your holiday planning, we thought we would collect a few resources to help you out.
    1. Travel – Always a little more stressful than we’d like. Frommer’s has a great Holiday Survival Guide about what to expect this year.
    2. Decorating – If you haven’t bejeweled everything in your home just yet, or are looking for something new to freshen things up, HGTV (Shea’s personal favorite) has rounded up some of their best ideas for indoor and outdoor decorations.
    3. Food – Let’s face it, most of us don’t have access to a personal chef (unless you’re Matt’s Mother). The Food Network has Holiday Central, full of helpful planners and ideas for all occasions this time of year.
  3. Since we are all the planning and making lists mode, how’s the plan for 2010 looking? We’ve mentioned in earlier posts the importance of putting a marketing plan together for the first quarter before it actually begins. But what about the rest of your business? Take some time to sit down with the state of things and see what’s happened in the past 12 months and layout some goals for the next 12. This should cover all aspects of what you do. It’s a good time for some big picture thinking.Here are some good articles about getting ready for 2010:
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