This time of year is typically the busiest for companies as they close out projects, renew contracts, scramble to meet end-of-year deadlines, and prepare for the new year.  With the added flurry of holiday activity, it’s challenging to keep stress at bay.  However, it is possible.  We want to share our tips for keeping the holidays bright without getting sucked into the black hole of anxiety.

#1 Plan Ahead

First, take an inventory of upcoming events, family activities, and work commitments.  Be sure to include all holiday party invites, client meetings, work deadlines, and your children’s Christmas recitals.  Once you have compiled your list, determine the ones you must attend, the ones you want to attend, and those that you can decline. 

Add all the events and activities to your calendar, so you have the full picture readily available.  

#2 Stay Focused

With your schedule up to date, you can now plot the times you will complete work tasks to meet deadlines.   Here’s where you can determine the nights you can work late in order leave early for your child’s recital.   Each day concentrate on the tasks you outlined specifically for that day.  Focusing on one day at a time will help you maximize your time at the office, so you don’t have to take work home with you.   

#3 Embrace the Holiday Season

If you follow the first two steps, it will be easier to enjoy the holiday festivities.   We recommend participating in activities that put you in the holiday spirit, such as caroling, attending a Christmas fair, viewing holiday lights, or volunteering in a soup kitchen.

If you find your mind wandering back to other commitments, consciously nip the thought in the bud.  Use mind-over-matter to just be in the moment.  Remember you have a plan in place to tackle those obligations at another time. 

Have a Happy Holiday Season

So, there you have it – three great tips to enjoy the season amid stress.  We hope you have a very happy holiday season!

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