With the holiday season upon us, you might find yourself struggling to stay on top of your work. There are so many things to get done, both in and out of the office, that you might feel yourself falling behind before the festivities even begin.
Well, there are a few easy ways that you can take back the holiday season without giving up any of the things that make this time with your loved ones so special. The trick is to make the most of your time. And if you’re not quite sure how to do that, here are five ways to make every moment count this holiday season:
#1. Organize your Time
During the holiday season, it may seem like you’re on vacation, but there’s no reason that you can’t use the same skills at home that you use to stay organized at work. To-do lists, in particular, are a great tool for two reasons: (1) they allow you to know exactly what has to be done. And while that’s helpful on it’s own, to-do lists can be even more helpful when you include the amount of time that you expect each tasks to take. That way, you can make sure your list is doable, or ask for help if it’s not. And (2) to-do lists lower your stress by reminding you that you are indeed getting tasks done. This is an overwhelming time, so it’s nice to have a visual reminder of what you’re accomplishing to keep you motivated.
#2. Do Your Shopping at Once, but Your Wrapping in Stages
If you can, have a list of all the gifts you’ll be getting for your loved ones and then buy them all in one day. It may feel tiring to do it this way, but it ensures that you’re not going back and forth to the mall multiple times. This is much easier if you’re able to do it early, since shopping malls tend to become exponentially busier the closer we get to Christmas.
If you plan on doing your Christmas shopping online, the same rule applies. It’s best for your productivity if you do it all at once and get it out of the way instead of coming back to your Amazon account thinking to yourself, 'Alright, what was I thinking of buying Aunt Sheryl?'
Wrapping on the other hand, can be done in stages as is most convenient to you. If you have an extra ten minutes while you’re waiting for something to come out of the oven, spend that time wrapping a gift. It’s easiest to do this if you’re able to dedicate a space of your house to gift-wrapping; that way, everything is already laid out and you don’t have to spend time finding the tape and pulling the wrapping paper out of the closet.
#3. Use the WalkTop when You have to Catch Up on Work
For most of us, it’s impossible to get through the holiday season without working, but with WalkTop, you’ll actually enjoy the opportunity to get back to the grind. That’s because exercise naturally lowers cortisol and gives us a chance to stretch our legs when we tend to spend a lot of time sitting around the tree during the holiday season.
#4. Get Up a Bit Earlier (but Make Sure to get a Good Night’s Rest)
Whether you’ll be getting some time off from work this holiday season or not, it’s a good idea to give yourself an extra hour in the morning to get things done. You’ll find that this time of the day is the most productive for two reasons: your guests will likely still be asleep, and your social engagements will probably take place later in the day. So, brew yourself some coffee and greet the day productively.
#5. Prep Meals Ahead of Time
During the rush of gift-shopping, family time, and end-of-the-year work pressure, it can be easy to forget meal prepping. But if you’re going to have the energy to get through this holiday season, it’s important to make sure you’re getting healthy meals along with the eggnog and sweets. Take an afternoon before the chaos begins to buy all of the ingredients you can so that you can have both frozen meals and fresh fruit at the ready. It will save you time and keep you energized through the holidays.
And that’s it, five easy ways to manage your time during the holidays so that you don’t lose out on productivity or family time! When you make the extra effort to make this crazy season a bit more organized, you can spend more time with family without stressing out about things like errands, work or staying healthy. You’ve got everything covered.