Most of us like the holiday season. It’s a time of year that we can relax and enjoy the company of our friends and family, while planning for the New Year ahead. The holidays can also be hectic and make it challenging to maintain focus, especially at work. There are many demands for our time during this time of year as we try to juggle parties, shopping, hosting visitors, planning for the New Year, traveling and work. Employees that are able to maintain focus on their job through the holidays can really stand out among their peers.
In order to help our readers to stay balanced and focused through the busy holiday season, we have listed a few easy tips. Here are 10 ways to stay focused and maintain high productivity during the chaotic holiday season:
Take a few days off. If you have a few vacation days left at the end of the year, take time to do a little shopping or enjoy a day with your loved ones. This will give you a chance to refresh and rejuvenate during the busy holiday season.
Create your to-do list and prioritize tasks. Get organized with your tasks and projects, both personal and professional. Try to consolidate your outstanding work into a digital or paper system for easier tracking and prioritization. This will also set a good habit for the New Year ahead.
Avoid multitasking too much. Work on one project at a time, so you can complete them successfully and then move on to the next priority. In addition, try to avoid working on personal and work-related tasks at the same time. Shopping online while participating with a conference call could be dangerous.
Get into the spirit. Being positive during the holidays can make a big difference in your performance, and the perception of you by your manager and peers. Most people do not like the Grinch.
Watch out for distractions. While at work, focus on work. You can take on the holiday chores during your spare time after hours and on your planned days off.
Take care of yourself physically. We should exercise more this time of year, not less. We should also pay attention to our sleep schedule because of the immense benefit of a good night’s sleep. When we make time for these activities, the rest of our schedule usually falls into place. We should also watch what we eat and drink because an increase in sugary foods and alcoholic beverages will impact the next day at work, both mentally and physically.
Don’t over-commit. With all the office parties, client events, and secret Santa exchanges it can be tough to keep your eye on the ball. Be sure to prioritize and balance your holiday activities with your work obligations. Don’t feel like you have to go to every department lunch, gathering or office party you get invited to. Keeping focused and maintaining a good work-life balance sometimes means saying no.
Remind yourself to stay focused at work. The trick is to forget about seasons and focus on today. Is today a holiday? If not, behave as you would in August. If you follow that procedure every day you work, it will be easier to stay focused and on track. On actual holidays or vacation days, forget about work and have fun – it’s that simple!
Do a self-evaluation. At the end of each day and week in December, review your level of productivity. Did you get done what you intended to? If not, what got in your way? Not being able to say no? Too many distractions? What could you have done differently and what will you do differently tomorrow?
Look forward to next year. The New Year is just around the corner. Anticipating new budgets and projects will keep you motivated for what you’re doing now.