Let’s face it: the holidays are exciting and fun but can sometimes drain you of your desire to do anything work-related. If you’re like me, all of the hustle and bustle makes it difficult for you to maintain your productivity level. Whether you’re taking classes or trying to complete tasks at work — or both! — procrastination can creep in and prevent you from accomplishing all of the things on your plate.
Here are five tips to help you stay on track as the year winds down:
1. Plan ahead.
If you tend to become overwhelmed when the Christmas buzz sets in, craft a plan! Use a calendar and mark down all of the things you need to get done for work or school before the holidays — and note when you have particular events that will keep you from your work (like office parties or family gatherings). Making a plan will help you see the timeline you’re working with and will show you when you have a minute to actually focus on something other than work.
2. Set realistic goals.
While you’re making your plan, set a few goals too! Consider what you want to accomplish before you break for the holidays and keep it simple. Maybe you want to confidently ace all of your finals or wrap up a project at work. Writing down your goals will help you keep your priorities in check and will push you to finish all of your tasks in a timely manner.
3. Incorporate holiday spirit into your day – but don’t get carried away.
Don’t completely neglect the holidays in an effort to stay focused. Decorate your space at work or chat with classmates about their holiday plans. Take a few minutes to enjoy your favorite holiday activity during this festive time so you don’t feel deprived while you’re trying to work. Finding a good balance is the key to success!
4. Stop multitasking.
If you’re working on something school or work-related, try to quell your urge to fit in more than one task at once. Don’t rush — you’ll get everything done. Also, stop online shopping or browsing Pinterest while you’re working! Not only are you wasting time, but you’re making it harder to focus on tasks you actually need to complete. Multitasking can lead to less productivity, studies show, and can set you back further!
5. Don’t stress.
This is the most important tip of all: don’t stress out about your workload. People often forget what the true meaning of Christmas is because they get wrapped up all of the chaos. Don’t let this happen to you. Make sure to take some time with your loved ones to enjoy the holidays and if you’re lucky enough to get some time off work, cherish it!
Bonus tip: Don’t forget to recharge.
When you return to work or school after your holiday run, you might be exhausted if you don’t take some time for yourself to rest up. Taking time to relax will help you transition into the new year with unwavering productivity after a long month of attention-grabbing holiday cheer.
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