Every year November brings the season of stress, and with the holidays just around the corner we can add in just a bit of craziness too. Between parties, decorating, baking, gift buying, and everything else, it is important to focus on ways to save yourself. Whether you are looking to save time, money, or sanity – below are some things that will benefit you most.
- Save time.
While daylight savings time is nice in the fall (sorry Arizona), gaining one-hour doesn’t usually feel like all that much. But what if you can get multiple hours every week? There are so many different things we can do, every day, to help better manage our time and reduce the stress that always seems to accompany an overly packed schedule.
To start, the biggest thing you can do is delegate. Trying to do everything on your own will bring nothing but stress. If there are tasks that can be done by someone else – delegate them. Additionally, start every day by getting the most important tasks done early. That way, you will always accomplish something and won’t end up having to rush through the important tasks at the last minute. Lastly, try to minimize interruptions, both from people and technology. Interruptions happen, but if they happen too frequently it can drastically reduce productivity. If you need time to get something done, turn off your phone, close the door, put on headphones, or do whatever it takes to help you stay focused.
For help on finding ways to save a lot more time, check out our time optimizer tool.
- Save money.
There are a lot of ways you can save money – especially during the holiday season. The most effective tool you can utilize is a budget. Spend some time making a list of what you need to buy, designate a dollar amount to each item, and check it twice to see where you can reduce costs.
Whether you’re spending money on presents, food, travel, decorations or other expenses, having a clear-cut idea of what you want to spend saves money. You can still get the things you want while preventing any over-indulgences. Additionally, it’s important to do your homework. Shop around for the best deals, clip coupons and redeem credit card points to help pay for expenses. Lastly, don’t underestimate the value of intangible products. Are you good at fixing things? Can you cook? Do you enjoy creating art, photos, decorations? Using your skills can save a lot of money on gifts.
If you would like help setting a budget or planning your financials to make the holiday season easier, contact a Waypoint Advisor today.
- Save sanity.
It is important to remember no one can do it all. Be sure to take time to de-stress and focus on your well-being. Chronic stress can lead to a weakened immune system, increased risk of heart attack and stroke, and can speed up the aging process. Everyone handles stress differently and while some are professionals at managing their stress, everyone can benefit from taking a step back and a deep breath, and refocusing on the things that really matter.
To help you reduce stress:
- Avoid caffeine, alcohol and nicotine
- Get more sleep
- Exercise more
- Manage your time
- Talk with someone
The Waypoint team would like to thank all of you for helping make 2017 such a great year.
We are grateful for all of the support and it has been a pleasure working with you all. It is our mission to inspire and equip independent pharmacy entrepreneurs just like you to fully achieve your personal, ownership, and financial potential. We are playing a vital role in creating a future where independent pharmacy entrepreneurs are able to achieve great success in exchange for the irreplaceable care they deliver.
Wishing you all a wonderful Thanksgiving and holiday season.The Waypoint Team