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How To Stay Productive During The Holiday Season

Young woman in office jubilates at deskIt may seem like everyone is on vacation during the Christmas holidays but this simply isn’t true. In fact, this is the perfect time to get work done. Here are three things you can do to stay productive during the holiday season and all year long.

Tear up your to-do list. If you are like most people, your to-do list is never done. That’s because you know you always have tomorrow to complete these tasks. But what if this weren’t so? By that I mean, what if you had no choice but to complete these tasks because you had no place to park them? One of two things would happen. You’d either get the work done that day or you’d realize that not doing so would have little or no impact on the your work. In other words, you’d soon see that you were working on items that should have never made the list.

Move one thing forward a mile. In this day and age, it’s so common to multitask that we often find ourselves moving ten things forward an inch, rather than one thing forward a mile. Stop it! What’s the most important task you need to complete this week? That’s the item you should be working on. The rest can wait.

Delegate. It’s exhausting, not to mention inefficient to try to do everything yourself. Yet, most leaders continue to do so without realizing the impact their actions are having on others as well as themselves. You have a staff for a reason. Give them the tasks that are a bit of a stretch for them so they can learn and take the time you’ve just gotten back and do something more productive–Hit the mall and buy your staff a holiday present!

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