It’s crunch time! Whether you’re wrapping up end-of-year business at the office or trying to squeeze in cookie baking between caroling and ice skating, it’s a season where you can truly have too much of a good thing. But with a planned approach, it’s possible to maintain peace and productivity throughout the holidays. Read on to learn how you can not only survive, but thrive right through the New Year.
Use your calendar. More importantly, stick to it! This applies to both work and play; decide what you want (or need) to accomplish and plan accordingly. On that note, don’t make commitments before consulting your schedule and determining if it’s reasonable. And it’s okay to politely say no; after all, we’re all overextended this time of year and your friend/relative/coworker should understand.
Take some vacation days. While this may sound counter-intuitive, taking time off may allow you to focus on one thing at a time – like your family – and allow you to return to work refreshed, recharged, and ready to be productive.
Avoid multitasking. Sure, we all do it — but that doesn’t make it effective. In fact, one study found that a mere 2.5% of people are able to multitask successfully. Trying to do multiple things at once makes it nearly impossible to do any one thing well or quickly. In addition, multitasking detracts from our enjoyment of special moments – your child’s number of holiday concerts will be limited, but those texts you’re answering are in endless supply. Be mindful, and try to focus on one thing at a time during this hectic time of year.
Remember that it takes a village. The holidays are all about coming together. If your plate is full, consider asking those around you how you can help one another. That may mean collaborating on a project at work to ease individual burdens, or orchestrating a neighborhood carpool for school activities. It’s a perfect way to both foster a sense of community and enjoy a more peaceful season!
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