With Christmas literally around the corner, competing demands and expectations can make you feel easily overwhelmed and even burn out. Holiday planning, guest preparations, present shopping, relatives, school holidays, work parties, is getting crammed into overflowing schedules; causing stress, anxiety and irritation. The result is diminished productivity and motivation. below are 5 easy techniques to protect ourselves in the busiest fortnight of the year and move into 2019 running, instead of crawling.
Create your to-do list and prioritize tasks. Write down all the tasks you wish to achieve before Christmas. Once you get a visual of all your commitments, decide which to eliminate or and which can be pushed into 2019. The psychological relief of clearing your mental clutter and then removing some burdens is immense.
Watch your sugar and alcohol intake as these two items are the culprit to poor sleep quality. Exercising in nature or 5 minute of mindfulness during this time will also help to burn off that exhausted energy and maintain those endorphin levels; providing more motivation in the morning to fight another day.
Be strict on compartmentalising your time. Focus on work when you are at work and try not to multi-task. If you do need to get those last minute Christmas gifts, aim to leave work a little earlier rather than trying to do it in the middle of the day.l to avoid distractions.
Don’t over-commit. Be sure to prioritize and balance your Christmas activities with your work obligations. Don’t feel like you have to go to every Christmas event or office party you get invited to. Don’t be scared to say no!
Look forward to next year. The new year is just around the corner. Buy a 2019 calendar and start to write down anticipating new budgets and projects along with personal holidays and goals which will keep you motivated for what you’re doing now.