Being back home was such a blessing. It provided both my wife and I with some much needed family time and relaxation. The hard part was getting on that plane back to California and coming back to the reality that it’s not quite time for the holiday break. That was a harsh wake up that I think a lot of people felt.
When I worked as a real estate broker, I remember some of the more senior brokers sharing with me that not much gets done during the holidays. Usually, the buying and selling activity was at its lowest from the end November to December. I always wondered why those 4 weeks were so quiet compared to the others. Was it because buyers and sellers were on hold so that they could plan and prepare for the next year? Was it because it was the beginning of winter and no one wanted to move in a blizzard? Or, was it because people’s expectations were that nothing was going to get done no matter what they did so there was no point in even trying?
I found it to be, mainly, the latter. The largest deal that I closed was completed the week before Christmas, right in the heart of the holiday deal drought. This was, partially, due to my belief that I could get something done during the slow time but it was also a bit of luck because the sale was, originally, supposed to close before Thanksgiving (that’s a long story).
I found that same old real estate sentiment setting in yesterday. I sat down at my usual spot just outside of the local café where I like to write my blogs and I couldn’t think of anything to write about. It was as if my brain and my mind were frozen. I just kept thinking about how many days were left until our next trip back home for our big Holiday Break and even more family and relaxation time. Luckily, after about an hour the caffeine began to kick in and my mind was quickly jolted back to my task list and I began working on other things again but I still couldn’t think of anything to write about. So, I decided to cut my losses and clear my head of all of the other distractions so that I could write clearly today.
The 4 weeks between Thanksgiving and Christmas only represent 7.7% of the 52 weeks of the year but they are key ones. Logistically, those 4 weeks help us plan and prepare for the upcoming calendar and (many times) fiscal year. Mentally, those 4 weeks help us increase our mental endurance as if we were in a marathon and we only had a mile or two left. Help yourselves and help your organizations by staying strong and productive during these “slow” times so that we can make the most of 2017. In the process, however, feel the joy and spirit of the holidays. Load up on the free holiday cookies and candies that vendors may bring by your office, go to a holiday party or two and be “merry” in everything that you do. Just remember that we still owe it to ourselves and to those around us to use this time as much as we can.
At Genesis, we have a really great project coming and we will provide you all with more information within the coming weeks. It is going to be really great because it involves all of you all. Please stay tuned for upcoming news and information on that. Also, if you would, please share in the comments your personal tips and tricks for overcoming the holiday productivity slump. Let our followers know so that we can gain from those and I hope that you all have a great week.
This is a picture of our most recent iteration of our jeans. There are still many changes that we would like to make but they are a great start.
“And let us not grow weary of doing good, for in due season we will reap, if we do not give up.” – Galatians 6:9