December is a manic time for most of us- both in our business and our personal lives. Therefore it is even more important that we make sure we head into the festive month as prepared as we can be!

Here are 8 things that you need to do before December 1st:

Tell your clients when you are going to be away from your desk

Even the busiest person needs a break over Christmas and so you don’t need to feel guilty for telling your clients that you will not be available between certain dates. However, you do need to make sure that they know exactly when it is you’ll be unavailable, otherwise you risk creating unhappy customers. The best way to do this is by using an out-of-hours notice on your emails and as your voicemail recording. This way, you get the break you deserve, whilst maintaining your clients’ expectations.

Plan out and schedule your social media for over the holidays

By using a scheduling app, such as Hootsuite, you can maintain your social media marketing over the Christmas holidays, without you actually having to lift a finger in December.

Clear your desk

Loose paperwork not just an eyesore but can also cause a possible data breach. According to the General Data Protection Regulation, all personal data needs to be stored in a lockable, secure filing cabinet. Plus you should only hold data if you have a legal basis for processing it.

Now is the time to shred unneeded paperwork, securely store what is left and leave your desk tidy and ready for your return in January.

Start your Christmas shopping

Whether you are an online shopper, or prefer to browse the shelves to find the perfect Christmas gift, get your shopping started early. You will be saving yourself from a world of stress and panic if you get all your purchasing done in November!

Organise your office Christmas party

Not only is it harder to find availability the later you leave it, but also booking in advance will ensure as many of your employees as possible are available to attend. If you are struggling to find time to organise your work party, think about outsourcing the organisation to a virtual assistant.

Get all staff holiday pay sorted before you close the office

For most of us, our new annual leave cycle begins on January 1st. If you are in charge of monitoring everyone’s annual leave, make sure all of your staff know how much of their leave is remaining, what they are allowed to roll over and what will be lost.

Clear your inbox

It is time-consuming, but so worth it when you return in January!

And finally… clear out and clean the office fridge

Believe me – you will regret it if you don’t!

 

So are you feeling Christmassy yet? Or are you still shying away from the mince pies and tinsel?

 

How else do you prepare yourself for the holidays? Let us know in the comments below!