How to: Survive Busy Season

One of my favorite books, The Lion, the Witch, and the Wardrobe, describes a particularly bad environment as “always winter, but never Christmas”. This is a great way to describe busy season. 

Busy season is tough. It feels endless. It is physically, mentally, and emotionally exhausting.

Below are some tips to help your team not just survive, but thrive during busy season.

Picture Caption Contest

Designate one team member send out a photo or a meme to the entire team.  Each team member replies only to the designated team member a funny caption to the photo. All captions are accumulated than shared with the entire team. Team members guess who wrote each caption and vote on the best caption.

  • 1 point = Every correct person’s caption you guess
  • 2 points = awarded to team member with the best caption

Theme Days

Nothing bonds an engagement team like coordinating outfits. Create a schedule of theme days (e.g. Best Buy day where team members where blue shirts and khaki pants).  Get creative. 

Without disclosing the game, see if clients/engagement partner pick up on the theme. 

Personal plant

Have each member of the engagement team bring in a small, indoor plant.

The goal: keep it alive during busy season. 

Decisive Dinner

Isn’t it frustrating when the team can’t decide on dinner?

Have a team member list N+1 dinner options, with N being the number of people on the team (i.e. one more restaurant than there are team members). Each team member gets to eliminate a restaurant until there is only one left.

Another option is to write restaurants on pieces of paper and wad them into a ball.  Have team members shoot the paper into the waste basket.  Open the first “ball” that makes it into trashcan and order dinner from the associated restaurant.

Whine Night

Busy season is a time to dust off those puns. Whine night = wine night. 

Does complaining about a tough situation make it better? Usually not.  But, desperate times call for desperate measures.  Have your engagement team or start class over and uncork some vino. 

Bonus: Each person shares a “wine slogan” and the group choices the best (worst) one. 

Example wine slogans

  • Drink wine. It isn’t good to keep things bottled up.
  • If one glass of wine is good for you, just imagine what a whole bottle could do.
  • I saved some wine today…it was trapped in a bottle.
  • Tonight’s forecast: 99% chance of wine

High, low, buffalo

Over dinner, have engagement team members share their high, low, and buffalo (something random that happened) from the day.

This cheesy, summer camp activity is a great way to get to know each other better.

Other ideas

  • Bachelor/Bachelorette fantasy draft
  • Sporcle
  • Buy lotto tickets as a team
  • Chipotle two burrito challenge – productivity is awesome after this dinner

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