I’ve given tips on staying focused at work during the holiday season in the past, but during this hectic, festive time of year we can all use some reminders.
With thoughts and stress on parties, shopping, family visits, vacations, and just trying to get things done at home - it’s difficult to stay on task at the office.
Here are some tips worth repeating to help you stay on top of things at work, and as an added bonus you’ll feel more at ease about your work-life balance too.
Make a plan for your kids during the holiday break. You’ll stay on task at work when you know things are covered at home. Line up some play dates during the holiday break, schedule some outings for the kids and the babysitter, and make a list of chores to be completed during the day. Whether your kids have supervision during the school break or are old enough to stay by themselves, everyone can help the household run smoothly. Even the youngest kids can be assigned some simple tasks; everyone’s contributions make the house run smoothly. When the kids have a plan you won’t be getting calls at the office all day. Plus, when you know everything at home is organized it’s easy to keep your mind on your work.
Get rid of the clutter on your desk. Are you really using all those files stacked in the corner? Clutter causes distractions, making relatively small jobs seem large when you have to dig to get to them. Clean up the papers. Removing clutter is removing distractions. An organized workspace helps keep your mind clear too.
Mix it up! Work on different tasks and mix up your schedule if possible. Adjusting your daily schedule helps work feel fresh.
Network! Now is the time of year to attend a networking event. Meeting new people and potential new clients will make that next cold call a little “warmer”.
Get some help. If several members of your team are on vacation, you might feel like you’re stuck doing twice the regular work-load. A staffing firm such as SNI Companies can offer professional temporary employees to carry some of the load. It’s hard to stay motivated if you’re truly drowning in work.
Set an example. Be of good cheer while those year-end deadlines are looming. Your mood is contagious, so have a good one. Others will follow.
A little pre-planning and organization will keep your mood and your work on-track this holiday season. And, finishing off the year right will set you up for a happy start to 2017!
Happy Holidays from all of us at SNI COMPANIES.