For most busy professionals, achieving your career goals during holidays and enjoying them can be tricky. Especially when there are seemingly endless work stresses involved. Many people bring their work home with them, and the holidays are no exception. In fact, the end of the year is often the busiest time for most businesses.
But blurring that line between work and home takes a toll on your emotional well-being after a while, and it will likely keep you from truly enjoying your time with family.
Fortunately, there are things you can do to combat stress and enjoy your holiday. With a little
planning and preparation, you can separate work from pleasure and still achieve your end-of-year goals. Here are a few tips from I’ve researched on how to do just that.
1. Scheduling is Your Friend
Write down every event, meeting, and plan you have for the next few weeks. Be detailed with times and, if you have to, include smaller things, such as shopping, cleaning, or decorating. If possible, get help with those things from family or outside sources, such as a cleaning service.
Carving out time in your schedule for everything you have to do rather than just the big things will help you see where your time is going and allow you to adjust accordingly. Getting organized is crucial in making sure you’ll be able to finish all your projects on time.
2. Plan ahead
For many professionals, the thought of keeping work only at work is laughable. Some of us simply can’t imagine a night without answering emails or putting out metaphorical fires over the phone. However, it’s crucial to prepare as much as possible ahead of time for any contingency so that you’ll be able to have some peace once you go home for the day.
For example, if you know the holidays are good for your business, put together a marketing plan that can capitalize on it. As any successful entrepreneur knows, a strong marketing plan is essential for achieving end-of-year goals.
By clearly defining objectives and target markets, a a marketing plan provides a roadmap for success. Without a plan, businesses can quickly lose sight of their goals and end up wasting time and resources on ineffective marketing campaigns.
A well-crafted marketing plan will take into account the specific products or services being offered, the competition, and the most effective channels for reaching potential customers.
Whether it’s a marketing plan or balancing time-off requests to ensure your business stays staffed through the end of the year, having a strategy in place before can make all the difference.
3. Learn to Say ‘No’
Once you’ve made the decision to separate work from home time, stick to it. Let your colleagues know you’ll only be available for emergencies once you leave the office, or set a certain amount of time each night for answering emails.
Once that time is up, stop what you’re doing, take a deep breath, and enjoy the rest of your night. If necessary, you might even conclude your work day with a little meditation so that you can clear your mind and relax. Not taking on more work than you need to is one of the best ways to make sure your career goals are secure during the holidays.
Eliminate the fluff, prioritize your tasks properly.
4. Share Your Goals
As Eric G. Reid points out, everyone needs a cheerleader now and then; choose two or three people in your life who are positive and supportive and let them know what your goals are. That way, when you need a pick-me-up or when you’re feeling stressed, you’ll have someone there to cheer you on and keep you motivated.
5. Manage Your Stress to achieve career goals during holidays
It’s important to know how to manage your stress and anxiety. There may not be any way to prevent those feelings when you’re busy with end-of-year projects, but you can certainly learn how to deal with them. Getting enough rest, exercising daily, eating well, and learning breathing techniques or meditation are all great ways to battle stress.
Likewise, you can do yourself a big favor by optimizing your home for positive thinking; that is, in addition to reducing clutter and incorporating healthy physical behaviors, also try to go easy on yourself.
Remember, nobody’s perfect and the holidays can be a stressful time for the best of us.
However, with a little business-minded planning and some personal self-care, you can face the end of the year knowing you’re more than ready for everything to come!
This post was written by Guest Leslie Campos at Wellparents.com