I’m not trying to be Scrooge here and I know that you might be looking forward to your holidays but really, if you are the kind who has a lot going on in his/her life (a workaholic, you say), you can actually make use of the holidays to be extra productive with work. I’m not saying you still work your heart out but you can make your post-holiday work easier with a few work touch ups over the holidays.
During the holidays, you will have less work-related media. There will be less people calling you, texting you, emailing you and you might even forget a few of your officemates’ faces for a while. (And be thankful about it.) This is the perfect time to do some “spring cleaning” over your digital trash. Delete useless messages, contacts and refine your entries. Make way for more productive communications come 2013.
To strengthen your network, you can also use this time to hold special dinners or small gatherings that are absolutely work-free. Even a few cocktails or afternoon tea will do. What is important is that you make way for better camaraderie (especially if you’re managing teams) and this will leave feelings of inspiration and good vibes to your colleagues/ clients.
If you are on the constant pressure of having to release media all the time, the holidays will also be the perfect time to get some press releases out. Less companies will be working hard for this (well, maybe not after reading this article!) but the people who work for the media still has to fill space so this is a good time for you to cozy up to them. Still, don’t forget your Christmas goodies.
After Christmas and when you’re feeling the New Year’s “start right” spirit, you can also take time to simplify your resolutions and determine 3 major goals for your business or career for the incoming year. Don’t be overwhelmed and just make 3 your maximum. This way, it’s easier to remember and it’s easier to align your day-to-day tasks to them.
By taking time to do these, you can make your work life easier and you’ll breathe better as the New Year unfolds. Hope that didn’t ruin your holidays, though!