After the Leaves Fall

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I dread the first leaf drop of winter.  This is the time of year when it’s dark on the drive into work and dark on the way home.  I sink into a basement treadmill running depression until the first signs of spring.  My kids are cranky, my co-workers are cranky, and therefore I am cranky.  Below are 5 ways to invigorate positive energy and activity at both the office and home.

1.   Celebrate the year’s successes: At work identify key sales, valuable product releases and successful marketing campaigns.  At home highlight sports successes, strong report cards and fun family vacations.

2.  Identify New Year’s Resolutions: What do you want to achieve as a family, parent, company, team, or manager.  Just as important, what steps will you take to meet those goals.

3.  Put a seasonal spin on everyday projects:  Forgo the typical Thanksgiving and Santa themed projects.  Incorporate the more forgotten Sacred Plants of Winter Solstice, Boxing Day, or Lantern Festival.  Host office themed parties celebrating these days or introduce your children to the tradition behind these holidays.

4.  Optimize your time indoors: Use this time to catch up on reading, organizing, or planning for the upcoming year.  Make it a point to journal your activities in an effort to better prepare for upcoming work and school projects.

5. Celebrate the holidays: Whether as a department or a family, there’s much to be gained from taking a couple of hours out of the day to sit down, give thanks, and partake in a meal together.

How do you survive the winter months?


Marilyn Cox

Marilyn Cox is the Director of Marketing for Second City Works - the B2B division of the famed Second City.

You know the buzzwords; inbound, outbound, content, demand gen, lead gen, martech, social media, account-based, advocacy, customer success, sales enablement, and analytics.She studies it, plans it, executes it, experiments with it, and loves it.

Through discovery, creation, and innovation she's learned to say "Yes, And".Like business, her career is one big improvisational act.

She leads all aspects of the brand and culture, developing and executing a clearly defined, integrated marketing communications strategy.Marilyn is responsible for planning, organizing, staffing, training, and managing all marketing functions to achieve objectives of growth, awareness, customer success and making work better.

Marilyn exists to empower sales and support the customer. When not geeking out over marketing analytics, she can be found daydreaming about her unrealized dream as a professional wrestler with the WWE.

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