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The Holiday season, while enjoyable, can make balancing our work and personal lives difficult. Whether you are working remotely, traveling, or in the office, here are 6 tips to help you stay productive this holiday season…
1. Take Vacation Days and Give Advance Notice
November and December are always busy. It’s the end of Q4 and keeping revenue and performance high is crucial, but so is your life outside of work. Don’t let precious vacation days expire, use them for vacations, family time, or maybe just to unwind this holiday season. You should also keep in mind that your manager will be dealing with a lot of time off request, so make sure to plan early and give him or her enough notice.
2. Manage Deadlines BEFORE Taking Time Off
You should be able to come back to work after time off with a clear head, and without being more stressed than before. If you are taking days off from work this holiday season, start managing your deadlines ahead of time so you can leave without being overwhelmed. You should also manage expectations with your managers and coworker, especially if you know there are certain days you will not be accessible. No one enjoys eight missed calls from the office on a day off.
3. Watch Out for Holiday Distractions at Work
While you shouldn’t bring your work home with you more often than necessary, you also shouldn’t make a habit of completing personal tasks while in the office. If you are spending time at work buying gifts, sending holiday cards and looking up recipes, you will start falling behind.
4. Attend your Office Holiday Party
During the holiday season it’s easy to convince yourself time spent at a work party could be better spent preparing for all the things you have going on at home. But remember, work parties are about enjoying yourself just as much as it is about thanking co-workers, managers and bosses for all their hard work.
5. Stay Healthy and Don’t Overwhelm Yourself
We are almost at the end of the year, don’t give up now on all your healthy habits! And if these habits are beginning to slip, take some time for yourself this winter. Remember, this is flu season. If you work in a small office your chances of getting sick are even higher in close quarters. Make sure you are getting enough sleep, exercise and Vitamin C!
6. Be Thankful at Work
The holiday season is about being thankful. You don’t have to get your employees, coworkers or managers gifts, but showing your appreciation will make both them and you happier. A few things that are often appreciated are white elephant gift exchanges or homemade food in the office. This year Hoopla organized a toy drive for children in the community, which was a great way for our office to celebrate the holiday season.
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About the Author Linnea Goldstein, Co-op
Linnea Goldstein is a Marketing Co-op and Northeastern University senior, working in communications, marketing and public relations. When Linnea isn’t at work she enjoys reading, sailing and being outside.