Is this the time of the year when your workplace is extremely hectic and overloaded with work or is it business as usual? Or is this the time of the year when everything seems to grind to a halt? You cannot get an answer from anyone for anything and seem to be unable to close a deal or make a sale.
December can be a very strange, even difficult business month. If you are in the retail marketplace or are a service-oriented business, you can find yourself so busy you can't think straight.
If you are in the medical field, it can be very busy because the weather has changed so more people are getting sick and/or over-consuming foods and beverages that make them ill.
In the investment arena, it can be very busy if clients want to shift investments at the last minute or it can be totally quiet depending on the stock market.
And, in real estate, it can be a really devastating month for sales.
Even if your workplace is one of the millions that are totally immune to business fluctuations that occur in December, you are still impacted by the additional activities you must do and participate in, plus the many distractions and additional stress that occurs this month. Even shifts in working relationships with others in your workplace are often strained to say the least.
Strategies to make your December productive
Your first objective should be to stay "in-control" during the month of December and your second should be to remain productive while dealing with the additional demands and inter-relationship shifts that occur this month.
The strategies listed below are based on feng shui principles that will serve you well during this often hectic month of the year.
* If you feel you are losing control, especially in a stress-filled situation, take 15 deep breaths. Start by drawing in air through your nose, filling your diaphragm, and then slowly blow the air out through your mouth. This energizes you to re-balance your thinking and eliminate stress.
*If you are annoyed because co-workers are distracting you, make a list of the 10 most important things you have to accomplish this month, rank them in order of importance and then do them. This becomes your intentions board and should be referred to every time you feel distracted or annoyed. It will energize the ability to remain focused and stay productive.
* If you are in investments, real estate or other marketplaces that drop during December, this is the month you organize your thinking and client lists and develop your game plan for the coming year. It is also the time to thank your clients by sending them notes of appreciation for their support and wishing them prosperity, good health and abundance for the New Year. Sincerity and gratitude will energize prosperity for your New Year.
* If you are in medical and service-oriented fields, this is the time to take care of yourself physically. December time commitments and the illnesses of others can create much unneeded stress and wear on your personal health. Do as much positive health maintenance as possible such as eating better (not worse), getting extra sleep and using your intentions board list to relieve personal distractions. Self- care and prevention leads to a healthier abundant life.
* Start each morning by mentally planning for a productive success-filled day. Place the following note on your calendar at work or on your mirror at home: I will have an in-control, productive and prosperous day today. Then smile.
Every time you smile throughout the day, you will remind yourself of the subliminal message you gave yourself first thing in the morning. It will energize being balanced and productive.
Staying in-control and productive are the most important gifts you can give yourself in December. At a time when chaos, distractions and over-stuffed schedules are the norm, maintaining balance in your personal world is difficult at best.
Using feng shui balancing tools such as deep breathing, removing distractions, planning for the New Year, taking care of your health and starting each day on a positive note, will help you stay on your in-control and productive game plan. Plus it will help you start the coming year with a competitive edge.
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Ms. Heydlauff is a feng shui consultant, public speaker, columnist and artist. For feng shui consultations and energy design work in the home or office call her at (561) 799-3443, e-mail her, firstname.lastname@example.org or visit her Web site, www.energy-by-design.com.