Follow the five tips below for keeping your focus on the
job during the holidays.
Plan for Down Time
You know it's going to happen, so
why not plan for it? It's not uncommon for companies to
restrict the number of employees eligible to take vacation
at the same time. If you are one of those people who celebrate
the holidays in a big way, then sign up for time off during
the holidays as soon as the vacation schedule hits your
Suggest a New Employee Benefit
Employers are constantly looking
for ways to improve their benefit packages without spending
a lot of money. Suggest to your employer that they offer
all employees one two-hour lunch during the holiday season.
If you need to, remind them most employees are taking
the time anyway. This new benefit will be well received
by employees and will allow the company to cut down on
unexpected absences or tardiness.
Resist Taking on New Projects
By the time the end of the year
rolls around, most people are giving all they have just
to finish what's already on their plate. Adding a new
project to an already full plate can easily send you over
the edge. Hold off on starting new initiatives until after
the first of the year. You will return from your hiatus
refreshed and ready to go.
Don't Skip the Gym
Seasonal stress comes with the territory.
Customers expect deadlines to be met, even when they are
out of the office preparing for the holidays. You can
kick back a bit, but this is not the time to go into slow
motion. Maintaining your regular workout routine can help
keep your energy level up and your weight gain down.
Shift Outside Commitments
Is your December calendar filled
with social events while your January calendar remains
empty? Are you spending hours in traffic trying to keep
all of your social commitments? How about a new tradition?
Shift a few gatherings to January and February so you
can avoid constantly leaving work early during the end-of-year