As the Christmas holiday approaches, office workers get just as excited as everyone else. However, it's a bit challenging to enjoy the festivities when you're still swimming at work. It can take a mental toll, which creates a situation where you find it harder than usual to stay focused at work during the holiday.
Naturally, you want to get everything done, so that you can get some relaxation in and enjoy what the season has to offer. Nobody wants to return to a huge pile of work for the new year. So the question becomes, what can you do to prevent yourself from intensely working during the holiday?
There are five simple tips below that should help you where your productivity is concerned, so you can stay focused before Christmas.
1. Take Advantage of Apps
Even in a world that all but lives on technology, people are still not taking advantage of the digital age as much as they should. There are so many traditionally manual tasks that can now be very easily automated. To that end, one of the best tips to stay focused at work during the holiday is to tap into the endless library of software designed to make your work life more convenient.
One of the best examples of a focused automation app is IFTTT. It's an acronym that translates to "if this, then that," which is the perfect explanation for the program's workflow. When you have basic tasks to take care of on different platforms, an outcome from one can trigger you to act on another.
The app's point is to have these interactions, and the subsequent results automatically take place, which leaves you with time to focus elsewhere.
2. Make a Mental Adjustment Through Changes in Habit
The more productive you are, the better the chance that you can get through all you have to do before the Christmas holiday begins. Though productivity tends to be measured in terms of output units, much of it involves a worker's mental space. The truth is if your mind is not in the right place, it's going to translate to a substandard output.
Changing your habits is a good way to adjust your psychological space, which results in a greater work rate than before. For example, you can use a proven time management strategy, such as the Pomodoro technique. Implementing this simple change into your workflow allows you to take breaks more efficiently and stay sharper as you work.
You may even want to consider other simple actions, such as doing light exercise, establishing a schedule, and drinking enough water. You would be surprised to find out how much these simple actions can make a difference in your performance. Before you know it, you are no longer going to have to worry about your ability to stay focused at work during the holiday.
3. Implement Stress Coping Mechanisms
Most people associate work with stress, and it's not hard to imagine why. While lighter and normal forms of stress, such as that required to get through a bout of exercise, are healthy, chronic, and prolonged stress is not. Unfortunately, this is the version that a lot of people go through in their daily work lives.
Some think that when remote work is a part of the mix, it makes things much easier. However, because of equipment gaps, isolation, and other factors, remote work can sometimes be even more stressful than its traditional counterparts. If you ever thought you couldn't stay focused at work during the holiday before, the stress makes it a lot worse.
Thankfully, with the right stress management mechanism in place, you can return to a state of mental balance, which allows you to proceed with your tasks that much more effectively. What can you do to achieve this outcome?
Implementing an ergonomic setup is one of your best bets, as the increased comfort and fit between you, your environment, and your tools can only benefit your productivity.
4. Implement a Work Shutdown Ritual
It is very likely that you are seeing this concept and lamenting about the fact that you've never heard of a work shutdown ritual before. If you haven't, then that just goes to show a big part of the problem with the state of the world's workforce. Even those who are not displaying extreme qualities are workaholics to some degree.
You need to do your best to remember that you are a person before you are a worker, and you cannot allow whatever job you have to dominate your life. Therefore, it becomes necessary to put systems in place that help you separate your personal life from your work life.
Establish your work hours, and ensure that you give your all to get your work done during that designated time. When that time ends, it's time for you to have your life without work creeping in. An appropriate work shutdown ritual helps you to adopt such a habit.
As you are winding down and going through whatever customs you establish, your mental space slowly exits work mode, which allows you to relax better.
5. Keep an Organized Workspace
Now you've come to the final tip to keep yourself as productive as possible, as you focus on getting work out of the way before the Christmas holiday fully sets in. Both traditional office workers and remote employees have dedicated workspaces that they use to get their jobs done.
From a practical and mental standpoint, a disorganized workspace can hamper productivity more than people realize. However, because the effect tends to be more mental than physical, it's easy to gloss over the fact that this is even happening.
However, it would help if you went the extra mile to ensure that you are in a workspace conducive to your best work rate. This may involve being optimal with your desk's real estate, changing your office furniture, implementing better cable management, etc.
The method you used to go about this is up to you, but you are going to be surprised at how much an organized workspace improves things.
Finally, do not forget to check out Autonomous Christmas Holiday Sale 2020 to get the best deal.
Cover image by Freepik
Get exclusive rewards
for your first Autonomous blog subscription.