For me, Christmas still seems a long way away but the build up is already beginning. I even know people who have already bought presents!
Even if that is not you, you may be starting to think about all the things you need to get done to be ready for the festive season. This normally includes all the work you want to complete as well as any of the tasks associated with the festivities themselves.
This combination can result in stress levels and pressure rising. Being prepared can make the lead up to Christmas and the New Year go much more smoothly. I've put together some ideas on how to be prepared so that you can make the most of the holiday season.
Get On Top Of Your Tasks Now
Try these tips to stay in control and keep your focus!
Start thinking now about what you need to have in place to allow you to relax over the holidays.
Know what must be done vs what should be done.
Be realistic about timeframes and what you can actually achieve.
Consider what you can delay to till next year.
It’s easy to try and cram everything in and feel that you have to work all the hours you can before you take a break, but this generally means it will take longer for you to unwind when you do stop.
Be really clear on what can wait - don't fall into the trap of wanting to get everything done because you think you will feel better. If it doesn't have to be done or you simply can't get it done in the time available, then schedule it in at a more appropriate time.
If it can't wait, look at what else can wait. Assess the impacts of waiting and then decide what you are going to do first. Consider getting help from someone else - a friend or family member may be able to help if you don't have team members to assist.
When taking on new commitments, be realistic - can you really get it done with all the other work you have on your on plate? Just because someone else wants it urgently, doesn’t mean that you have to deliver it!
Aim for a smooth run up to your last day before you break and know in your mind what can wait if you don’t get it done.
It’s tempting to think that you have to get absolutely everything done so you can relax but, if you make a conscious decision to let it wait, your brain and body will thank you by not worrying about it till the New Year!
Be Kind To Yourself
Mental Health is being talked about all over the place now. It is really wonderful that we are being encouraged to talk about and to look after ourselves. Make sure you consider your well-being, not just now but throughout the year.
Remember - looking after yourself isn't something you should only do when it feels like you can't cope any more. You need to look after yourself all the time to try and prevent problems from occurring.
Often, we create situations ourselves because we don’t want to let others down. In doing so, we let ourselves down.
So remember - if you don’t take care of yourself, you won’t be able to work, be with family and friends, have fun, etc.
Taking on too much work can lead to quality issues, stress or letting people down. This can be the people in your personal life or in business life.
Be confident in telling people what you can’t do - if you’re too busy that’s a great thing! You’re in demand!
Whether you celebrate Christmas or not, it is a wonderful time of year. So much going on, so make sure that you are in a position to enjoy it! Thinking now will help you be ready and excited about the Christmas season rather than just being grateful for a chance to crashout!!
I work with people who are finding it difficult to get stuff done and can no longer see the wood for the trees! Sound familiar? Check out my top tips at toptips.bridginggaps.uk