Yes, December is still a month in which we have to go to work and produce. But wow, it can be hard to stay focused with everything that is added to our plates. It’s likely that thinking about our job and the work that has to get done will be elbowed out of our minds as we begin the downward slide to the end of the year.
But the work still needs to get done, and we are the only ones who can do it.
What are some ways you can stay motivated during the holiday season? Here are a few simple ideas.
- Stop feeling guilty about taking time off. Americans take fewer vacation days than their professional counter parts in other parts of the world. Many of us stockpile our personal time off only to realize that we can’t possibly use it all. The Holidays are the perfect opportunity to spend some time away from the office. You can go holiday shopping, decorate, or just spend time at home with your family.
- Get a head start. Year-end tasks can creep up on us just as we are trying to get out the door to celebrate the holidays with our families. Start NOW looking at all the things that need to be finished by the end of the year or just after the first of January. Create lists to keep track of tasks and start on them right now. Prioritize your personal needs with lists as well so you can make sure you can get everything done without rushing. (PS: A coach is great help with this one)
Clean your office. This might sound like an odd suggestion for the end of the year, but it will help you feel more on track and motivated to keep working. We accumulate so much clutter throughout the year and the end of it is the perfect time to ditch everything you won’t need as you move into the holiday season and the year ahead. Business sometimes slows down around the holiday so use this time to unclutter your office.
- Throw that office holiday party. Celebration and relaxation are powerful motivators for you and for your staff. Don’t forget to get into the spirit of things and throw a holiday party to show everyone you care about them. Depending on your budget you can have a party at a fancy restaurant, a bar, or even if you own office. If you host the part off-site, give your team the afternoon off to go home, get ready, and head to the location with their spouse or another guest. If there is drinking involved, provide a designated driver. You’ll want everyone to be safe!
Stress truly is optional at the holidays . . . I promise. Take it slowly, one day at a time, and you’ll be able to enjoy the season.
Do you want more ideas for motivating yourself and your staff during the holidays? Contact me, Cheri Britton, for one on one coaching or motivational speaking.