How to Survive the Holiday Season at Work
The holiday season is upon us, and for many of us, that means extended hours at work. With all of the extra commitments that come along with this time of year—parties, shopping, travel—it can be tough to stay focused and productive at the office.
Here are a few tips to help you make it through the holiday season without losing your mind (or your job).
1. Get Organized
The first step to surviving the holiday season at work is to get organized. Make a list of everything you need to get done between now and the end of the year and break those items down into smaller, more manageable tasks. Prioritize those tasks by the deadline, and then start working on them one by one. This will help you stay focused and on track, and it will also make it easier to ask for help when you need it.
2. Stay Connected
With all of the holiday parties and vacations happening this time of year, it's easy for communication to break down at work. But staying connected is crucial if you want to survive the holiday season unscathed. Make sure you touch base with your boss or coworkers before taking any time off and set up an out-of-office message for when you're gone. You should also keep an eye on your email and voicemail while you're away, just in case something comes up that needs your attention.
3. Don't Overcommit
It's tempting to say yes to every holiday party or project that comes your way, but try not to overcommit yourself this season. You're only human, after all, and there's only so much you can do in a day (or a week). Choose your battles wisely, and focus on the things that are important to you (and your career). Your sanity will thank you for it later.
The holidays can be a tough time to manage work and life commitments, but it's not impossible. By getting organized, staying connected, and avoiding overextension, you can make it through the holiday season without losing your mind (or your job). So take a deep breath, put on some Christmas music, and get started!