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Slow Holiday? Do These 5 Productive Things to Keep Busy

If you're not scrounging to make up some missed billables, the end of the year and start of the new year often brings with them a massive slow down. It's just that time of year when the world simply isn't as litigious.

So if you have time, you might want to consider doing some of the annual housekeeping or other tasks that often fall by the wayside. Below, you can get a few ideas if you're list has been fully crossed off, or needs to be added to, or just further procrastinated.

Catch Up With Colleagues

If you have the time during the day, it doesn't hurt to run down your rolodex (or smartphone contact list) and phone up a couple colleagues who you may not have spoken to in a while. The idea may seem a bit odd, but catching up with colleagues during the holidays is a good way to waste some of your working hours and might even put a smile on your face. Also, if it's possible, you might even consider meeting up with a colleague for a coffee, meal, or drink even.

Review Your Form Library

Every year, it's a good idea to look over your form library to make sure it's current. And no, you don't have to check every cite in every form, but it's not the worst idea to open up each doc to make sure that no one has accidentally saved over a form. ProTip: You can sort the files in the form library by last opened to see which forms didn't even get used in the last year.

Cybersecurity Check

When there's time to kill, it's never a bad idea to use that time checking on your cybersecurity system. Are your programs running properly? Is your backup actually backing things up? Do you suspect some employees aren't on their cybersecurity game? Now's a good time of year to plan a test of your system, such as by sending fake phishing emails to employees, or just requiring everyone update their passwords.

End of Year Back-Up

Along the same lines as a cybersecurity check, making sure everything is backed up before the end of the year, and your back up system is working properly, is easy and something that is worth spending a few minutes looking into.

Resume/Bio. Update

Every day you should be learning something new, and as a result, at the end of the year, your resume, or website bio. could probably use an update (especially if you want to justify your rate hike to clients). Spending an hour mulling over your accomplishments of the past year can help you assess your goals for the year to come.

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