How to Stay Productive at Work During the Holidays

The holiday season is among us. The weather is colder, the days are shorter and it’s harder to stay motivated at work. The month of December always seems to fly by as coworkers scramble to get things done before vacation. Because of this, your to do list increases while your motivation decreases. All everyone really wants to do is bypass all their work and fast forward straight to the holidays.

While that may not be possible, there are ways you can utilize your holiday cheer to motivate yourself at work. And even if you’re not into the holidays, these tips will work any time of year. Here are three tips to stay productive during the holiday season:

Turn up the tunes

We all have those mornings where it feels impossible to get out of bed and go to work. It’s cold outside, you’re wearing the comfiest pajamas and the bed is just too cozy. If this sounds like you, try creating a music playlist to listen to while getting ready. Playing something upbeat will make you move more quickly and the music will put you in a good mood. This will help you get ready faster and with a smile. Try creating a playlist for the length of time it takes you to get ready. That way, when a certain song comes on you know you only have about four more minutes before it’s time to head out the door. So next time you feel like hitting the snooze button, put on your favorite song, and dance your way to work.

Bonus tip: make a festive holiday playlist to really get in the spirit.

Treat yourself

I always feel more motivated when I have something to look forward to — be it Thanksgiving dinner, a weekend away, or even just a night in watching movies. Set goals you would like to accomplish and reward yourself. At work, these rewards don’t need to be anything extravagant. For example, once you finish a task treat yourself to a walk around the building to stretch your legs and refresh your mind before the next assignment. You could also reward yourself with a trip to the snack room or a few minutes of personal phone time. Rewards will motivate you to get the project done more efficiently (especially if it’s something you’re not particularly looking forward to).

Stay organized

During the holidays, I constantly feel like I have a million and one things on my to do list. With people in and out of the office during the holiday season, there’s always something that needs to be done — especially if you’re the one preparing to go out of the office. When I manage my time properly, I’m definitely more productive. Keep yourself on track and resist the urge to shop for presents when you’re on the clock! I recommend creating a running to do list and prioritizing. There’s nothing more satisfying than crossing something off your to do list. Check out this article for more helpful tips: 5 Time Management Tips for Professionals.

Bonus tip: color code your to do list with fun colors to brighten your day.

Once you’ve implemented these three tips to stay productive and motivated at work, don’t forget to have a little fun too! Decorate the office with lights and tinsel. Play a prank and wrap your coworker’s desk in wrapping paper. Coordinate an ugly holiday sweater day. Happy Holidays!

Author credit: Emily Hayman

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