From the ScLoHo archives.  I originally wrote this in December 2009.

If you are in retail, this is one of the most stressful times of the year. Because it’s make it or break it time.

Should you extend your hours to be available to any and all potential customers? Will you be burnt out by the time you finally get a day off to celebrate the holidays with family? What about staffing, bonuses, or even survival in 2010 2014?

Hard questions, I know.

If you are in an office or sales environment, it’s also crunch time. The last two weeks of this month may be the least productive of the entire year, because of short weeks and Christmas/New Years.

Please don’t toss in the towel and take a mental vacation when you can be using this time to prep and plan for 2010 2014.

This may be the end of 2009 2013, but it’s also the beginning of 2010 2014. Do what you need to do right now and you’ll be thankful next month.