Writing end of year reports, reconciling budgets, finishing big projects at work and at home, planning work parties, shopping for gifts, hosting family gatherings: still only 24 hours in a day?! How can you do what you need to do and still enjoy spending time with your family and friends? Read on for 3 time management tips to help you thrive this holiday season:
Keep a balanced plate.
No, we’re not talking about food, or a literal plate. We’re talking about the plate that is your work/home/social life, the one you tend to overload during the holidays. Balancing the areas of your life means that you cannot do it all. And that is fine. You don’t have to say yes to every invitation or holiday task. You’re human and you need to set aside time for yourself to avoid holiday burnout. Figure out what you absolutely must do, what you want to do, and how much time may be left over to take on anything extra.
Be present where you are.
Back to that plate again. Wouldn’t life be wonderful if it were like one of those divider plates where nothing overlaps? Unfortunately, it’s not, so there will be times when personal concerns enter the workplace and vice versa. Accepting a bit of chaos and aiming for adaptability in your schedule can help you stay on track. Take care of emergencies at work or home, but then get right back to the task at hand. Don’t dwell on concerns you’re not immediately able to address; getting stuck in a stress loop is the worst possible expenditure of time.
Remember you don’t have to take care of everything on your plate alone, at work or at home. Your employees can take on more of those smaller tasks so you can tackle the major responsibilities at work. Delegating tasks works for you and your team members, especially when you show them how much you value their contributions. When it comes to your personal life, let your family and friends help with tasks like holiday decorating and cooking. This may require letting go of some of your control over how things are done, but it’s so worth it. Working together also strengthens relationships.
A personal coach is the perfect addition to your team when it comes to working out a holiday schedule that works for you!
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