“It’s the most wonderful time of the year.”
The holidays are now in full swing. People are thinking about being with their families and friends, wrapping gifts, and indulging in holiday festivities. Even though the holidays are supposed to be a time of joy and happiness, you still have to juggle deadlines with you holiday spirit. It may seem difficult to stay productive during this busy time but it is possible. Here are a few ways to help you stay productive while enjoying the holiday season.
Don’t procrastinate. Setting up goals and priorities provides motivation to increase productivity and lower stress, and motivation is key if you have to take on extra responsibilities. A super-simple solution is to write down your most important priorities on your personal whiteboard where it’ll be easy to see. Once your first priority is done, you can check it off or erase it so you feel accomplished before starting the next task at hand. Doing this will help you remain upbeat and feel good about working through your to-do list.
Be prepared for days when you’ll be understaffed. Like summertime, the holiday season is a peak period for people taking time off. By using a shared calendar, employees can see how many people are off on critical days. People taking off may have work that will have to get passed off to others during this time. What helps is to know what others are working on. Write down all the goals and projects that people are doing to see who can take on additional work. Create an editable, online document and send it to those that are working with you. The key is to distribute all work evenly.
Incorporate holiday cheer into your work environment. It is the holidays, after all. You can decorate your office space, listen to holiday music while working, and have holiday themes on your computer. What you don’t want to do is do last-minute online shopping while at work. Avoid retail sites while you work. The added distraction not only hurts your productivity but also your wallet. If you decorate your office space, try not to go over-board. You want to feel cheerful without being distracting.
Planning a holiday celebration at work this year? Read 6 Questions to Ask When Planning a Holiday Office Party to make sure you don’t forget any crucial details!
-Anthony Fongaro, Quartet Blog Author & Editor