November 01, 2013

The Chair's Corner: Holiday Management and Looking Ahead to 2014

Jennifer A. Rymell

It is hard to believe that the holiday season is upon us again. I have to admit that I always wonder where did the year ago and how did the holidays sneak up on me? I realize that I start getting Halloween costume catalogs right after the Fourth of July, but it never fails that I am the one paying the extra money for two-day shipping on October 29 so that my son does not have to suffer the embarrassment of trick-or-treating in a costume that Mommy made—especially when Mommy has never been known as particularly handy with a needle and thread.

For me the struggle to balance work, family, professional, and community activities is a challenge that I face all year long. However, during the holidays, with added obligations, it can turn a joyful time into a chaotic one. In addition to all the holiday festivities, we are also thinking about January 1 and all the things we need to do to start the year off right. Part of that is making New Year’s resolutions that we swear we will keep this year and thinking about the tax man whose deadlines also seem to sneak up on us.

This is why I am so excited about this holiday-themed issue of GPSolo magazine. It focuses on managing your holidays and presents topics to be cognizant of in the New Year. The Editorial Board has done a great job of featuring articles that address practical concerns such as “How to Market Your Practice During the Holidays,” as well as fun articles dealing with “Perils and Pitfalls of the Office Holiday Party” and “New Year’s Resolutions.” Also, we could not have a holiday issue without our popular annual “Techno-Gift Guide.” Who doesn’t salivate over all those great gadgets?

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