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!