How to Stay Productive at Work During the Holidays

How to Stay Productive at Work During the Holiday Season | Work Productivity Tips | The Sophisticated Gal
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It’s the most wonderful time of the year! It’s the holiday season and that means lots of Christmas parties and events at work, which can make it very easy to get distracted and not get as much done as you want to during the work week. The holiday season is a great time of the year not only for all of the holiday festivities, but it’s also a great time to remain focused on those projects you have left for the year and get a jumpstart on those 2018 projects.

While you may be feeling like it’s impossible to be productive during this time of the year, I’m here to tell you that you can be and in fact, you can turn it into a time to be focused on getting ahead! Keep reading for 5 tips on how to be productive at work during the holiday season.

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#1 Write Down Goals for the Week

First things first, knowing what your goals are for the week and setting these beforehand can make a HUGE difference for your productivity. By setting goals, you are also setting your intentions for the work week. Is there something that you’ve been putting off for awhile? Or is there something you could do this month that will help you be more productive throughout 2018? Make these goals for yourself! Another quick tip: try to tackle these goals early on in the week! Your Friday self will thank you for tackling those bigger projects early on in the week, believe me 🙂 
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#2 Plan for 2018

Like I mentioned in the point above, this is the perfect time to start planning for 2018. While many people might take the week between Christmas and New Years off, I personally love that time when it’s quiet in the office to focus on planning the projects and goals for 2018. It’s a huge help once you are getting back into the swing of things in the new year after the holidays are over and it can really set you up for success in the new year.
So mark off time during the work week to do some planning for 2018! Even if it’s just for a half hour, it will help you have a more productive year in 2018.
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#3 Time Block Your Day

I’ve talked about time-blocking on here before, it has been a game-changer for my productivity! By blocking off time throughout my day for specific tasks/projects, I have been able to get more done in the day since I am making sure that I tackle specific tasks within the time block that I’ve set for myself and limit my distractions (more on that below). Time blocking has proven to be very effective for many others, myself included, and in an article written on Fast Company it’s been suggested that time-blocking could be a replacement for the to-do list (say whattt?!).

#4 Prepare for Your Performance Review

It’s that time of the year again (at least for a lot of companies)…for your annual performance review! Did you think that a performance review is only meant for your boss to give YOU feedback?! Well, you’re wrong and here’s why! Your annual performance review is a perfect opportunity to talk about goals for the new year with your boss and to list the accomplishments you’ve had during the year, especially if you plan on asking for a raise. So, preparing for your performance review ahead of time will not only impress your boss, but it will also make you feel prepared walking into the meeting. 
Related Reading: How to Slay Your Next Performance Review

#5 Minimize Distractions

During the holidays, it can be so easy to get distracted by all of the holiday festivities and discussions going on around the office. It’s totally fine to be involved in these festivities, but make sure that you put a plan in place to minimize other distractions throughout the workday so you can make sure you achieve that to do list you wrote for yourself.
If you feel like your phone is ringing off the hook this holiday season, then try putting your phone on airplane mode or “do not disturb” for an hour or two so you can focus on those high priority projects you need to get done!

#6 Enjoy Yourself & Have Fun!

This is such a wonderful time of the year, so don’t forget to take some time and have fun. By staying focused on your to-do list during this time of the year, it will help give you more time to enjoy the holiday parties and festivities! 


Have you gotten a head start on planning for 2018? Let me know in the comments below! 

How to Stay Productive at Work During the Holidays | Work Productivity Tips | The Sophisticated Gal

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  1. Hi, Kristen, thank you for sharing this! I needed this today, especially when Christmas break is just around the corner! I’ve literally put slash marks on my wall calendar to see how many days left ’til Christmas. HAHAHA!

    I use the bullet journal system, but that content calendar planner looks nifty! I might look into that to separate my work stuff from blog stuff. Thanks again!

  2. I can definitely relate to feeling a little bit of “senioritis” as we approach the holiday break–I teach preschoolers. I make sure I stay in the game by reminding myself that each day with these little ones is so important for their learning, with only a few days left before break, we have to maximize our chances to learn together and really cement the skills that they’ve grown in this semester!

  3. Work really slows down during this time of year, so it gives us time to pick away old files, clean out our storage drive, and have time to plan out things for 2018. As much as I would love to hangout and relax during the holidays, I find a ton of creativity and inspiration for work during these weeks, so I definitely use that to my advantage to brainstorm ideas, and create plans for events, sponsorships, advertising and more. Thanks for sharing your tips here!

  4. Work has been slowing down and the days are just dragging! I always feel like a task is going to take me a large portion of the day but I finish before 10 a.m. I try to ignore that the holidays are coming up to some extent so I’m not distracted.

  5. I love these tips!! The fact that Christmas is almost here has been motivating me like CRAZY to actually get things done. I’m determined to get all of my blog work finished before Christmas weekend so that I have a few days to spend and devote to my family. I’ve already started planning for 2018, which is just crazy to me!

  6. I work from home (for myself) so it is easy for me to get distracted – especially around the holidays! I keep a planner and try very hard to stick to a schedule, which does include time for breaks throughout the day so play with the dogs! 🙂

  7. These are SUCH good tips! I usually take some time off from work in January but this will be the first year that I won’t be (sigh). I definitely find myself being pretty lazy between Christmas and New Years but you’re right! It’s such a good time to tie up any loose ends and prepare for 2018. Gotta start the year off right. 😉 xx

  8. These are great tips! Sticking to a schedule and time blocking is a great way to stay productive and avoid veering away from your task. I find myself doing this a lot! Thanks for sharing.

  9. Setting goals…I really need to start writing mine down and sticking to them. I just keep them in my head and by the end of the month, I can’t even remember what my initial goal was!

  10. Haha ironically, I’m reading this while I’m at work! Our work is SO slow during the holiday season, so I do some 2018 planning, 2017 reflection, adult coloring book (for the art therapy) and read some blogs/professional development books!

  11. This is so well-timed because I’m actually taking a break from work right now to comment on blog posts. It’s so hard for me to stay focused at work, mostly because my birthday is tomorrow and duh, Christmas. Planning for 2018 is definitely a great way to get motivated.

  12. Great tips! I find myself shopping online for gifts at work during the holiday season and working on posts for my blog. I tend to be so distracted at one of the busiest times of year. I love your tips!

    Xo Courtney Drew

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