The holidays are coming! We all know that the holidays can turn into a real mess for a business. You have sales to run, budgets to meet, presents to buy, and family to spend time with. This can all cause what I like to call a holiday headache. I have had them, and I am positive that you have suffered from this stressful issue as well. You can easily get distracted and frustrated and soon you burn out. We don’t want that to happen so here are some tips to prevent your holiday headache this year.
Make a To-Do List and Stick to it!
This is a crucial step in order to organize your hectic schedule for the holidays.It doesn’t have to be on paper, because if you are like me, then you lose the written lists that you make. You can create a digital list that will work just as well. Decide what you need to do, and what can wait. This way you can take off some of the pressure you have. Not too mention, be clear about what you can and can’t do at functions you have to attend.
Don’t bring work home, and take care of yourself
This should be an all the time thing, but do not bring your work home with you. I am always guilty of this, and I know that some of you are too! Taking your work home is an added stress that you do not need. It causes you to overthink problems and stress more, which can also lead to little sleep. This brings me to the second part of this topic, take care of yourself. This is something we all need to do, you are the only you that you have! You can’t get a new body if you run your current one ragged, we are not that far along in technology. Get plenty of rest and eat right, otherwise, you will be too wound up to get much of anything accomplished.
Stay Focused and Do Not Overcommit yourself
Distractions come in many forms. At work you may want to squeeze in shopping during lunch or a break, but don’t do it. Focus on work during work hours, and take care of the rest after you are done. Taking on too many tasks is another way to crash quickly. Focus on what has to be done, and do not overwork. You can only do so much, don’t fool yourself. This is a time of year that you need to find time to enjoy yourself as well.
Most of all, have a fantastic holiday season!