5 Tips to Keep Productivity High During the Holidays

December 12th, 2013 by

holiday breakMany people use their vacation days to take extra time off from work in December in order to spend quality time celebrating the season with their family and friends. Because of the excitement that is generated during the holidays, employee productivity can temporarily decrease. However, putting off work before your vacation means you’ll have more work to complete when you make your way back to the office.

Incorporate these five tips in your work routine for the next several days so you can enjoy your time away, instead of worrying about all the assignments you need to do when you return:

Prioritize Your To-Do List

Create a list of all of the tasks and projects you’d like to complete before you leave for your holiday vacation. Work hard to complete as many items on your list as you can. The more items you cross off, the less work you’ll have waiting for you when your vacation is over.

Review Calendars

Ensure that your coworkers are aware of your holiday schedule, and also make sure that you are aware of their schedules. This is especially helpful if you’re working on projects with other people. Eliminate confusion or the potential to drop the ball by tying up loose ends and coordinating due dates before you leave.

Focus on Work at Work

When getting bombarded with the exciting sights, sounds and festivities related to this time of the year, it is easy to get distracted from your work. So you don’t have to spend time on the weekend or the evening catching up on your work because you were making gift lists or looking up a holiday recipe online, focus on your work obligations when you are in the office.

Help Your Body Help You

December isn’t always the greatest month for your health. Coworkers bring goodies into the break room, people spend several hours in a day shopping, and holiday parties make nights longer than usual. To make up for all of these things, exercise and sleep more to help your brain and body stay alert and function properly.

Leave Work at Work

If you follow all of the tips above, you will likely not have to work on any of your company projects during your holiday break. Your time away from the office should really be spent focusing on your loved ones, friends and yourself. Use this time away to relax and recharge your brain so you’ll be ready to work when your break is over.

For additional ideas on how to keep productivity high at your workplace, please call a member of CAI’s Advice and Resolution Team at 919-878-9222 or 336-668-7746.

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