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5 Ways to Manage Your Workload in the Run-Up to Christmas

Christmas time always creeps around faster than expected, the month of December seems to come and go in the blink of an eye. Employees check over the list of things to do before the end of the year and instead of ticking off the workload, they realise there are far more left to do than expected right before Christmas break! Don’t worry, in order to keep you stress-free this year, here are 5 ways to manage your workload in the run-up to Christmas.

Over 60% of employees are mentally distracted from their jobs by Christmas as early as mid-December, according to a study from HR data analysis company Peakon.

1. Focus on what’s urgent

Make a list of duties that can realistically get done before Christmas. Focus on the urgent tasks and do them one at a time so they can be ticked off with satisfaction as soon as they are done. There is no point in keeping items on the list that will take far too long and that are not even urgent in the first place. Can they wait until the new year? Only list the most urgent items and focus on them.

2. Call on helpers

If the workload is too much and causing stress, call on helpers. It is not just Santa who needs helpers after all! Arrange tasks amongst co-workers who are already familiar with the type of work needed. Spread the load and if there is something someone else can help with, then why not ask them? They might be happy to help. It is Christmas after all!

3. Decorate your workspace

Decorate that desk to get in the festive spirit! This will bring the mood up and make the desk look extra Christmassy too. Everyone in the office will be jealous of your decorative display. Why not pop on some Christmas tunes to create a cheerful atmosphere? This will boost morale in the office in the run-up to Christmas and that work list will get ticked off in no time at all.

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3. Time off work scheme

It is always good to avail of any time off work schemes with your employer during the run-up to Christmas and over the Christmas period. Balance Time is an option which is a flexible time currency to cater to important non-work commitments as and when they arise. It helps balance employee time over the Christmas period, one of the busiest times of the year. This means if there is an appointment that needs to be scheduled, Christmas shopping, or a favour that needs to be fulfilled during the working day, Balance Time can be used. Employees then make back that time within 1 week (or as specified by the manager). Balance Time is intended for sporadic work/life conflicts that occur.

5. Take a break

Without regular breaks it is difficult to stay focused as our brains get tired and we tend to lose concentration. It is important to take regular breaks to refresh. Why not eat that mince pie that is staring at you on your desk and make a nice cup of tea to gather your thoughts before carrying out your next task or attending that work meeting.

The holiday season can be a hectic time, but with the right strategies, managing your workload in the run-up to Christmas becomes much more feasible. By prioritising tasks, setting realistic goals, delegating when possible, maintaining a healthy work-life balance, and staying organised, you can ensure that you not only meet your professional responsibilities but also have the time and energy to fully enjoy the festive season with loved ones.

Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year!

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