It begins with the short work week right before Thanksgiving.
I head out of the office on Wednesday and don’t return until four days later. By that time, Black Friday shopping and holiday decorating have sufficiently cemented me into seasonal work mode. The rapid succession of extended weekends will keep me there until New Years if I let it.
I’m distracted. I’m counting down the days until the next weekend or vacation. I’m worrying more about Christmas lists and holiday meals than I am about monthly sales goals and marketing campaigns.
Unfortunately, businesses - including the one that employs me - do not shut down for the month of December. And they tend to take things like customer service and earning a profit just as seriously as they did for the first 11 months of the year.
This is when I find productivity tips, like the ones below, the most helpful.
5 Ways To Be More Productive During The Holidays
Have a busy morning - get up on time (or early if possible), eat breakfast, start dinner, sort the mail. Beginning your day with accomplishments will make you more productive the rest of the day.
Stop multi-tasking - while conventional wisdom suggests that you get more done if you do multiple things at once, multi-tasking is the kiss of death when you’re already prone to distraction. Focus on one job at a time, do it well, and move on to the next item on your list.
Make lists - keep your objectives in front of you and mark your progress during the day.
Eliminate distractions - turn off the internet, close your email program, turn off your background noise makers (TV, radio, co-workers) and let yourself completely focus on the task at hand.
Schedule time for holiday activities - whether it’s shopping or wrapping gifts, setting aside time early in the season to attend to all your holiday chores will ensure that everything gets done without taking away from your productivity at work.