From decorating the house, to shopping for holiday gifts, to preparing for relatives to stay over, the holiday season can pose a huge distraction and added stressor to workers. It's also a vital time for businesses to perform at their highest degree. As such, it's important to stick to your business's strategic short-term and long-term goals. Although it's certainly no easy task, there are several ways in which you can make staying focused on work during the holidays a little more plausible:
Separate work and personal responsibilities
Try not to worry about holiday chores and other personal obligations while at work. The more you worry about personal stressors and other responsibilities, the more likely it is that you’re going to get distracted from the reason you go to your workplace: to work.
At the end of every day/week, reflect on what went well and what didn't. Were there too many distractions that caused you to postpone a project’s completion? Was there a tactic that you used that went really well in helping you stay focused and motivated? Understanding how you work best and what you should avoid doing while working can be a huge help, especially during a stressful time like the holiday season.
Rather than trying to do too many things at once, which can become overwhelming and stressful, try to work on one thing at a time. This allows you put your focus on one thing until the task is done versus multiple different projects.
Create to-do lists for time-management purposes
Create clear to-do lists so that you have a visual reminder of what's on your plate. This can help relieve any anxiety and overwhelming feelings you may have by being able to visualize responsibilities, both personal and work-related. From there, decide what level of priority each of the tasks are.
Develop clear expectations early on for yourself and your employees
Setting clear expectations before the start of the holiday season is crucial for keeping your employees informed and focused. If you know that you're schedule is going to be changing, or that there will be new projects approaching, sooner is better than later. This can also be a great time for setting measurable, reachable goals for your company's success during the holidays.
Focusing on your work with all of the holiday distractions IS possible, but it takes extra effort. Are there other tactics that you use to stay focused during the holiday season? Let us know your input in a comment, on our Facebook page, Google+ page or on Twitter!
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