4 Tips for Staying Focused at Work During the Holiday Season


Our Suggestions for Keeping Your Head in the Game During the Holidays


With Halloween over and done with, the holiday season has descended upon us. As Thanksgiving, Hanukkah, Christmas, Kwanzaa and other celebrations all fall in the last months of the year, balancing work and personal life can be demanding. It’s important to have a plan during these stressful times to ensure that you can stay on top of your work while also taking care of other duties. It can be easy for your mind to stray when you have other things than just work to think about, so we came up with a list of things to do to help keep you focused during the holidays!


Take a few days off.

This is inevitable for every holiday season. Apart from the actual holidays you’ll have off to celebrate, plan to take a few extra days off to prepare before each holiday you celebrate. Use the extra time to get your Christmas shopping done or to gather food and supplies to host family gatherings. Whatever you do around the holidays, it can get stressful – even having a day or two to simply relax and not worry about work or other obligations can be beneficial.


Don’t take your work home.

This is generally good practice for any time of the year, but especially during the holidays, since the holiday season is usually more tense than other times. With the end of the year approaching and the amount of responsibility that comes from working and taking part in holiday celebrations, it’s important to separate the two. Spending too much time thinking about your job rather than allowing your mind the space to focus on other aspects of your life may prevent you from accomplishing what you need to as well as getting in your way of being fully dedicated while you are at work.


Start working on your end-of-the-year tasks early.

If you celebrate Christmas and know you need to do Christmas shopping, get started as early as you can so you don’t have to worry about it last-minute. If you host Thanksgiving dinner or any other event, schedule the date, time, and place far in advance so you and your guests have more than enough time to plan and prepare.

If you have big projects and assignments at work that fall at the end of the year, do what you can to start working on them with plenty of time before your deadline. Get a little bit done every day or create a schedule for yourself to follow at work that gives you an outline for every day or week. Stick to a routine. Be sure not to commit to too many things and to rid yourself of distractions that interfere with your workday – no online Christmas shopping in the office!


Make time for yourself.

Did you know that stress can actually be physically harmful to you and your body? Stress is an every day occurrence for many people, but during the holidays and the rush to get end-of-the-year priorities completed, that stress increases tenfold. A good way to combat that stress is to first follow the tips above, but to also make time for yourself!

Set aside an afternoon, a weekend, or even just a lunch break or two to give yourself some personal time to do something you enjoy. Read a good book, take a short road trip, visit a new restaurant, buy yourself a Christmas present. Allow yourself a moment here and there to relax. 2018 is almost over – make the most of what you have left!



Thursday, November 8, 2018
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