How to Stay Productive and Motivated at Work Around the Holidays
It’s the end of the year and let’s be honest, all that’s on our minds is every holiday under the sun. With Thanksgiving coming up this week, Christmas soon to follow, and then New Year’s not too long after – it’s hard to stay productive at work. Not to mention all the distractions and fun events that come hand in hand with the holidays – Friendsgiving, Secret Santa, Potlucks, and much more. When working at a PR Agency multitasking is in our blood, but sometimes these fun events can leave us feeling a bit unproductive – and that’s never good! It’s time to take charge of these last couple months because 2019 will be here before we know it! Here are a few tips to stay productive and motivated at work for the remainder of the year.
SET DAILY GOALS
Sometimes we get so ahead of ourselves and write down everything we need to accomplish during the week – we cross off items as we go and think, “wow I still have so much to do” when we should be focusing on the tasks that we ARE crossing off. Start writing down daily goals for yourself and accomplish them! Before you end your day, skim the list and think of what you accomplished for the day. You will end your day on a high note, ready to take on your next set of goals! *Cue Christmas Theme Song* (is it too early?) “Making a list, checking it twice”…then cross it off.
PUT YOUR SCROOGE GOGGLES ON
By this, I don’t mean go all bah humbug, but rather tidy up your desk, close your millions of holiday-related browsing tabs, tell your co-worker the New Years plans are going to have to wait until lunch, put your phone away and get to work. If you treat your desk like a no distraction zone – you will be more productive before you know it.
NO TURKEY GUT THIS YEAR
EXERCISE. It’s proven that when you exercise it boosts your productivity levels! By increasing blood flow to the brain, you will be that much more ready to tackle the project you’ve been putting off. Here at our public relations firm we have a “Swole Sister Sweat Schedule” where we plan workout outings after a long day – it’s a great way to sign up for fun workout classes and bond with your coworkers outside of the office!
Think back to when you were in elementary school and the teacher would bribe you with candy, well…bribe yourself with holiday treats. When you knock out that press release you can head to the kitchen for the Christmas cookie you’ve been eyeing since 8 am. This will help with your procrastinating ways.
Remember there’s a light at the end of the tunnel. Work hard, so you can play harder with your coworkers and family around the holidays!