5 Ways to Manage Your Time During the Holidays
Having a work/life balance is tricky enough as it is. Add in the holidays and everything seems to get three times as hectic. Feeling overwhelmed already? Here are five tips to help you out:
Be like Santa and make a list
Write down everything that needs to be done and organize it into sections according to importance and time sensitivity. Make sure to include both work and personal tasks.
Remember to delegate
This goes for your work and social life! Collaborate with colleagues to get projects completed before the holidays. Hosting a turkey dinner? Ask guests to help you out by bringing rolls, side dishes, drinks and desserts. This will cut down on prep time, leaving you more time to socialize. Don't forget to ask for volunteers to pitch in on cleanup!
Keep your schedule in a visible location
Compile your work schedule with your social schedule, along with everyone else's in the family. Make sure it's posted in a visible location in your home, as well as your workspace, so everyone can see who needs to be where on any given day!
That being said...
Don't be afraid to say no!
It's impossible to be everywhere at once. Decide which commitments are important and make sure to schedule yourself some downtime.
While you're at it...
Don't just give presents, be present
Schedule time to be unplugged from your work. Use autoresponders, if needed, and make a point not to access emails and social media while spending time with your loved ones. It can wait.