Now is a good time to create a plan and map out what needs to get done between then and now in order to free up time to relax, unwind, and spend time with family and friends during the holidays.
Reassess your goals
Take a quick look at this year's goals. Are you on track? What are you realistically going to complete before the end of the year? Now is the time to decide what is priority and what can wait till next quarter. Decide what to focus your limited time on, and then create a schedule for the time you have left.
Schedule Work and Play
Schedule the work that needs to be done and the parties that need to be attended. By scheduling the work for the next couple of weeks, you can realistically see if there is physically enough time to get it all done. If not you may have to delegate or outsource.
Delegate as much work as possible. If you work for yourself get a virtual assistant to help you with your work load. Get family to help with the holiday preparations. Start by not taking on too much and the holidays will be happier for everyone.
Give advanced warning to clients or other business contacts when you are taking your holidays. If everyone is aware in advance they are less likely to come looking for you when you are just about to knock off for the holidays.
Balance Work and Relax Time
For some, a complete break from work will not be possible, so if you're not allowed to completely stay away from work, make sure you have enough free time in between work. Take a look at the days you are scheduled to be off and plan the time with family and friends. Advanced planning is key when it comes to holiday scheduling.
Remember that being overworked is often your own fault. Do you say no often enough or set the boundaries required in order to live a happy and balanced life? Sometimes you may not have the option to say no, but when you do, make sure you make the correct decision.
Don't waste your holiday time feeling guilty. Life is for living and guilt is a wasted emotion. Be present over the holidays, and when you are working, work. When you are on holidays, don't think about work. Focus on the people who are around you-the important, special people who you want to spend time with during the holidays.
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