With the holiday spirit amongst us, or at least distracting us, it’s hard to stay focused on business the last 2-3 weeks of the year. There are parties to discuss, treats to eat and online shopping to finish!
Customers are busy too so meetings get cancelled and phone calls go unanswered. (This doesn’t apply if you work in retail!) How can you get some work done and keep your employer happy?
Take part in the office holiday activities so you don’t feel left out and to build relationships with your co-workers. Then politely leave the office cooler and get back to work.
Managers notice who is continuing to buckle down and who isn’t. If you’re a manager, you need to lead by example with regular hours and keeping focused on productivity.
The slow times are great for completing tasks requiring concentration or that have been hanging around. You don’t want to be working on the same boring spreadsheet in the New Year, right?
Make a list of tasks you want to complete during each day or the week. Reward yourself with a break at the treat table afterwards.
Clean Your Office
Take advantage of the quiet to file that stack of papers and clean your work area. I’m amazed how quickly the dust builds up. Starting the new year with a clean workplace will get the creative juices going.
Year End Planning
Do you have year end reports or tasks? This is a great time to complete them or at least get a head start.
The reduced demand on your time is the opportunity to reflect on the past year and plan for the next. Develop goals and an action part so you’ll be ready to implement when returning back to the office in January.
It’s just as hard for me to stay motivated as the next person, but these tips keep me focused and result in productive work. How do you stay motivated during the holidays?
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