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Leadership | Posted by - August 27, 2013 at 8:02 pm

Coping With Business and Family Changes

The days are getting shorter and the nights are getting cooler. We can’t deny it; summer is coming to an end. No more barbeques and swimming pools. Before long, we’ll all be shopping for back to school supplies and sweaters. So what steps can you take to cope with this change, both in terms of your family and your business?

Determine how you will accommodate your new schedule and your new responsibilities. The new season will likely mean that there will be different demands on your time. If you have children, you may have to drive them to school and take them to after school activities. You may also have other responsibilities that have been on hold over the summer that you will need to work into your schedule. Make a list of all of the new tasks that you have to accommodate and determine how to allocate your resources so that you can adapt to these changes. Whatever you do, don’t expect that you’ll be able to deal with each situation as it comes; operating without a plan will likely lead to stress, frustration, and disappointment.

Consider the implications of this season on your business. What do the colder temperatures and the falling leaves mean for your business? Are you about to enter your peak period or is this a quiet time for you? If things are about to get busy, have you allocated enough resources to get through it? Don’t forget to schedule yourself some family and relaxation time; nothing is as important as your health. If this is your off season, how will you use this quiet time to benefit your business? This is the perfect opportunity for you to make plans and set the pieces in place so that you can take your business to the next level.

Plan some special Autumn activities. Fall can be a difficult season. It marks the end of our beautiful summer and it ushers us into a season of freezing rain and persistent colds. September means that vacation is over and it’s time to get back to work. Don’t let yourself get the Autumn blues. Enjoy the season and find activities that you can’t do any other time of year: Go for a drive to see the changing leaves, visit a pumpkin patch, or go apple picking. Autumn is a beautiful season; embrace it and create some great memories.

It happens every year, but the change from August to September is never easy. However, if you properly plan and you make an effort to actually enjoy it, the transition will go much more smoothly.

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Maria Locker - CEO Mompreneur

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Lisa Ghaffari
September 6, 2013 at 5:18 pm

This is very true for my company Pacific Coffee Roasters Inc., Roasting Coffee from Around the World.  I have 3 children under the age of 10 going to school as well as a full time job as Director of Sales & Marketing for my business.  I usually work from home, which means scheduling and juggling home duties with business duties of making new contacts, keeping up with established contacts, cold calls, update calls, emails, and trying to establish new retail clients and coffeeshop clients.  This all requires a lot of time and especially quiet time.  September is the busy time of year for our industry which makes it more of a challenge to get all emails, phone calls and contacts done in a timely manner without losing that important window.  I will continue reading this page, it is very useful to me.  Thank you.  Lisa Ghaffari, Pacific Coffee Roasters Inc., Director of Sales & Marketing

September 25, 2013 at 7:36 pm

Thank you