For many, Christmas is the most wonderful time of the year – we finally have time for our nearest and dearest, we savour festive food, drink Gingerbread lattes, not to mention the mountain of presents waiting for us! Reasons why we just can’t get enough of Christmas are countless. However, the last weeks before Christmas can be hectic and full of stress, restless nights, chasing deadlines and fretting whether you can get everything prepared down to the last detail.
We’ve come up with some top tips of how to survive pre-Christmas rush and still squeeze in work!
Forward planning is essential. As Benjamin Franklin once said ‘By failing to prepare you are preparing to fail’. Planning gives us a sense of direction and there are many benefits of forward planning. Think through everything you need to do and identify potential weaknesses. This will allow you to avoid confusion and you’ll save your precious time and energy for your most important projects and goals.
Ask for flexible working hours. Is the pre-Christmas rush making it difficult for you to maintain your work life balance? Ask your boss for some flexibility during these last weeks of the year. Before sending a request for flexible working hours, show your employer that you have thought this through. Present a precise plan of how your new schedule is going to look like and how it will benefit the business as well as your performance and career progression.
Deal with important/difficult tasks first. By dealing with important tasks first you make sure you start working day focused. Everything seems to be important? Then, complete the hardest chores first – by ticking the worst task off your to-do list, you allow yourself to deal with more pleasant assignments. As Mark Twain said, ‘If you eat a frog first thing in the morning that will probably be the worst thing you do all day’.
Embrace technology. Is there any task that can be automated? There are numerous things that can be easily done by technology: customer follow-up, thank you notes, scheduling social media posts in advance or setting up automatic payments for invoices. By incorporating relevant technologies into your everyday life, you will save lots of time and energy that can be used for high-priority things.
Think about the consequences of not completing your tasks on time. Dealing with work-related things is not what you want to do during your break. On the bright side, you can turn this pressure into an incentive that will keep you motivated until Christmas.
Christmas brings joy and brightens gloomy winter days. However, stress related to work often peaks during the last weeks of the year – that’s why it’s so important to plan everything well ahead. We hope that these strategies will get you through Christmas fever so that you can truly get into the festive spirit and enjoy your well-earned and well-deserved holidays.