The holidays are a particularly distracting and stressful time, at home and in the office. Between travel, shopping, relatives, parties, and other events, the weeks around and between the holidays and the new year seem to fly by… and productivity often seems to fly off to wherever your time goes.
Often typical tips and tricks to stay focused at work just don’t cut it. So what is the secret to time management during the holidays?
How To Manage Your Time Effectively During the Holiday Season
The truth is, there is no one secret that will help you keep efficiency and productivity up during the holidays. But there are a handful of tactics you can implement to help ensure that your to do list doesn’t totally overwhelm you!
First, give in to the holiday spirit.
Decorate your cube or office, listen to holiday music while you work, and maybe bring a batch of cookies or other holiday delicacy into the office to share. It is always easier to move on once you’ve acknowledged and addressed your feelings – excitement over the impending holiday season is no different.
Second, get down to business… with your holiday plans.
Sure, maybe when you get home all you want to do is eat dinner and watch re-runs of the Great British Bake Off. But this is the holidays! There’s no time to just sit around. You’ve got to make the most of every minute you have! Adjust your mindset to acknowledge that this season is going to be a fast paced one, and do what you can to be okay with that.
Third, recognize that it’s tough to manage it all.
You’re not the only one juggling what feels like more than you can handle. During the holidays you – and lots of other people – have a lot of conflicting priorities. Suddenly you have to live your normal life with the added pressure of preparing for family visits and making sure your kids make it on time for the holiday concert at school. It’s a lot to handle – but you can do it!
Once you’ve done these three things, you can delve deeper into conquering holiday stress!
Our Tips for Time Management During the Holidays
Managing life and work – and striking some kind of balance between the two – can be especially challenging this time of year. Here are our top strategies for doing it all during the holidays.
Recognize the things that have to be done, the things you want to be done, and the things that only get done on Pinterest. Prioritize accordingly. This may mean making some sacrifices, but that’s okay. Be sure the important things for work and at home are at the top of the list.
Create a schedule.
Put together a calendar with deadlines and blocks of time when you’re going to work on or accomplish certain tasks. If you have family obligations, be sure to note those as well. Having a visual representation of what’s going on in your life can help you make sure your personal life commitments and your work commitments are balanced in a way that you are comfortable with.
Delegate, delegate, delegate.
At home, let your kids decorate and give tasks to your spouse that he/she normally wouldn’t do (or pick up tasks without being asked). At work, tag team projects and take advantage of opportunities to collaborate. Teamwork really does make the dream work during the holiday season. If you’re going to tackle it all, you’re going to need to lean on others for help and that’s completely okay!
Hire a cleaning service.
Did you know you can hire a cleaning service to come in and clean your home just one time?! Book early, but save yourself the extra hassle of making sure your space is ready for your mother-in-law and get some shopping or wrapping done while your bathrooms are being cleaned.
Hiring a cleaning service is just one example of how services that you may or may not normally use can be extra helpful and worth the expense during the holidays. Taking this giant task off of your to do list will free up some time, and will relieve some of the pressure you’re feeling, which will help you to be more productive at home and at the office. TRUST US, it’s worth it.
Build time into the schedule for a pedicure or hour of relaxing on the couch by the fire with a good book. During the busy holiday season, we’re often so busy rushing around to meet others’ needs that we forget or neglect to meet our own. As a result, we end up feeling miserable. Don’t fall into that trap! Dedicate some time to treating yourself and you’ll be much better off.
Doing It All During the Holidays
This time of year is overwhelming every year, but you’ll make it through! Looking for more ideas to boost your motivation and productivity during the holiday season and beyond? Check out the following posts for some helpful tips:
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