The holiday season generally consists of a busy schedule, endless planning, and often; stress. How can we be most productive as the holidays are quickly approaching? Here are five tips to help you this week.
Create a List
Create a to-do list of all the things that need to be done. From big to small. Include your personal tasks as well. Sort through, and remove tasks that can wait until after the holidays. This will help you feel less pressure having a smaller list, and allow you to focus on the most important tasks. As well as help your brain stay organized and feel more in control of your schedule.
Tackle All Your Big Projects First
Tackling your big projects first is great for productivity. As the days get closer to the holidays you are likely to feel more distracted. Capitalize on your brainpower when you have it. Focus on your complex projects first – and get them out of the way. When those are finished, only the smaller tasks remain including the mindless tasks that are easier to get done. Not to mention you will feel more relaxed knowing you prioritized your most important tasks, first.
Separate Yourself from Distractions
Whether you work in an office or work from home – strive to limit your distractions. If you work from home – isolate yourself as best you can to a location in the house that is quiet and away from the activity of the household. The same applies in the office. Grab a pair of headphones to keep you focused and in the zone on your workload.
Although this may seem counterproductive when you are trying to get multiple things done before the holidays, you’re more likely to be less productive this way. Your brain is already in overdrive with a million things to focus on. If you have numerous tasks that need completing – set timers throughout your day to work on each task, instead.
Allow Yourself to Take time Off
Whether you get a few days off, or you normally work on holidays – take some intentional time off. By doing so, you can save your errands, gifts, baking, cooking to these specific days. Consider designating some “me time” during this time as well. For example, booking a massage, making yourself a healthy dinner, getting a workout in. Any and all of these things will help reduce stress and keep you focused before a holiday.
How are you best being productive before the holidays?
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