How to stay on top of your work and personal obligations during the holidays

The time is nearing, and deadlines are looming, and the holidays are right around the corner. I know it is hard to find the time to get work done without having your thoughts focused on baking cookies, decorating, and buying gifts. Here are some tips to help you get everything you need completed.

Make a list. This is very important. Once you actually see your list you may be able to cross out some things that can be delayed until after the holidays. Now that you made your list, prioritize it and then recruit members of your family, friends, and co-workers to help with different tasks. If you are hosting a holiday party, suggest a potluck instead of you cooking all of the food, this will be very helpful!

Examine your time. I find the best time for me to get work done is late in the evening or early in the morning; I like to work when it is quiet. Think of other times when it is quiet, maybe lunchtime or after 5 pm in the office? For me, I’ve found working on airplanes hugely productive. I can block out the sounds with my iPod and clearly focus on a few tasks while flying to my next destination. If you are more productive with your job in the evening, try to go into work a little later and get some personal things done in the morning.

Capitalize on your relationships. For me, making cookies for the family is fun, but different varieties are completely overwhelming. I coordinate with my friends for a cookie swap and get all different types. Then I can turn these cookies into gifts for family and co-workers. This can help keep the cost of holiday co-worker gift giving down to a minimum.

These all may not work for you, but give it a try. The best advice we can give you is to not stress! It is important to get your professional work completed and spend time with friends and family…that is all you really need to do.