Vacations, gift exchanges, office parties, snow days and the smell of cookies in the air. There are many reasons why office productivity reduces drastically during the holidays. Don’t reduce yourself to “getting less done” this year, follow these tips to get more done at work.
1) Set goals.
Maybe it is a project you want off your list before the end of the year or maybe you just want to see your desk again! Whatever it is, write it down on a sticky note and place it where you will see it often.
2) Set meetings with yourself
…and put them on your calendar, with reminders. You will be amazed at how effective this simple step can be. Set aside 30 minutes at the end of every day, or maybe 1 hour at the end of the week, dedicated only to reaching those goals on that sticky note.
3) Work alone.
Since many folks are out of the office during the holidays, prioritize your task list to reduce the need of input from others. Obviously, this is not always possible, but if you have a task or two that needs input from many different people, see if you can push that out into January. This will free up your brain space for things you do have control over.
4) Develop a plan.
Having a written plan in place for the coming year has an amazing effect on your psyche. Since access to productive co-workers is limited right now, use this time to get yourself prepared to hit the ground running in January. Check out these tips for writing a simple communications plan.
5) Embrace the silence.
Though the holidays bring great distraction and commotion to the work place, they also tend to bring moments of eerie silence and desertion. Embrace it, plug into your favorite Pandora station and turn up the production. In fact, you may be surprised at how much you get done when no one else is around.