Relax and refresh for a busy 2012

For many companies across a variety of industries, the past year has been both a busy and stressful time.  Not only have global events such as heightened uncertainty in Europe’s financial markets put pressure on operations, rapidly advancing technologies have meant that people are often forced to respond almost instantaneously to issues, even when they are not ‘on the clock’.


The residential property industry too has certainly experienced pressure over the past year due to the aforementioned factors and others.  Needless to say, with the coming of Christmas where many businesses slow down or shut, it may just be time for people, including the owners and managers of real estate franchises, to take a break if possible.   


In fact, with 2012 looking to be a busy year for the Australian residential property market, it is very important for owners and managers to ensure that they take the time to relax and refresh themselves, preparing to make the most of next year while also remaining healthy and productive.  


Even if as the owner and/or manager of a real estate franchise you are only able to take a short amount of time off work, there are several things you can do to ensure you get the most out of the break.


1.       Try to switch off, even if just for a couple of days – where appropriate this could mean turning off your phone/computer and only responding to the most urgent emails.  Having some time away from the pressures of work can allow you to gain some perspective and even restimulate creative thought. 


2.       Enjoy your time with family and friends – try to spend meaningful time with the people who matter most to you.


3.       Make sure you get adequate sleep – throughout the year many busy people don’t get nearly as much sleep as they need to.  Use your time off to recuperate, allowing your body to recharge and replenish. 


4.       Spend time doing things you enjoy doing – when was the last time you did something for the fun of it, rather than because it was expected of you or a necessity for your business? Try to use your holidays to do enjoyable activities.  These don’t have to be expensive or time-consuming, rather could include a simple trip to the beach or a night out at dinner and a movie. 


With one year behind you and another busy one yet to come, it is important for many franchise owners and/or managers to take some time to relax and refresh themselves where possible over the holiday period.  By separating yourself from work and reducing your stress levels, even if just for a few days, you should be able to clear your mind, helping to ensure that you are ready to take on and make a success of 2012.

Posted by George Tarbey on 21/12/2011 at 4:29 PM | Categories:


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