Let’s face it – the holidays can pose a challenge to our work ethic. From juggling ever-growing shopping lists, seasonal networking and social events and hitting end-of-the-year goals, it’s easy to let battling priorities wreak havoc on those professional deadlines.
Don’t let it.
We’ve rounded up a few productivity tips to help you manage the holiday rush and re-focus on what you can control to get more done during the most wonderful time of the year.
1. Be Intentional
While the concept isn’t anything new, knowing how to use your time wisely is especially important when you have multiple priorities vying for its attention. Spend a few moments each day or week — if that suits your management style better — to planning out which items must get done in order of urgency. This allows you to keep your attention on the things that matter most, so even if you don’t get everything done on that to-do list, the most important tasks are being addressed.
Pro-tip: Most professionals know what times of day they work at their best. Be intentional with your productivity by tackling your most demanding items within that window.
2. Don’t Be Afraid to R.S.V.P. “No”
Setting boundaries is key to leading a healthy, functional life — and no other season proves this more than the holidays. Sure, it feels great to get a slate of party invites and have a full social calendar for the months of November and December, but that doesn’t mean you have to R.S.V.P. yes. The pressure of attending every festivity or event can slow you down, and leave you feeling mentally exhausted. Evaluate each event and make sure it aligns with what you’re looking to accomplish (whether that be fun with friends or networking with potential colleagues) and go from there.
Take Time for Yourself
Feeling guilty about taking that brief walk during your workday? You shouldn’t. Taking time for small breaks or even requesting time off to handle errands can help you regroup and get back to your professional responsibilities more effectively. Establishing a reward system for yourself — like coffee breaks, etc. — is also a great motivator for keeping you on track with your goals.