Ah, it’s the time of year where you feel pulled in so many different directions. There are traditions to uphold, family and work gatherings to attend, gifts to buy. You’re constantly making that list and checking it twice—or are you?
With all the “things” this time of year, it’s easy to feel overwhelmed by it all. Things get lost in the shuffle, you feel stressed, and, as a result, everything suffers.
Use these tips to save your time and sanity this holiday season and into the New Year:
Make a List
To ensure that you are keeping track of the tasks you need to accomplish, a To-Do list is essential. It’s a great way to objectively know what you must complete by the end of your day and to prioritize your tasks accordingly.
A helpful tip is to end your day by making a list of what you need to get done the next day. Then, when you start your workday you know exactly where to begin.
Additionally, physically checking items off a list gives you a sense of accomplishment and productivity. And, productivity breeds productivity; therefore, when you feel productive you’re more likely to stay on course to get your tasks done.
Bonus tip: Having a separate list for both your professional and personal tasks allows you to write things down as you think of them. By writing it down, you can let go of it at the moment, stay focused on the task at hand, and then deal with it at the appropriate time.
Limit Your Distractions…and Multitasking
Distractions and multitasking are surefire ways to destroy your productivity. Distractions are everywhere. From your emails to your phone, it is so easy to succumb to distractions that ultimately ruin your productivity.
Paper To-Do lists and calendars allow you to avoid such distractions. When you use your phone to make lists or put things on your calendar, the temptation to use those devices can be more exciting to the task at hand. But, paper lists and calendars allows you to deal with those random things that you need to remember to do without falling into the rabbit hole of distraction.
On the same note, multitasking doesn’t aide your productivity. To combat the temptation of multitasking, set a timer. Give yourself a specific amount of time to really focus on the task you need to complete. When that time is up, give yourself a little break, then set the timer again. That timer holds you accountable while incorporating needed brain (and physical) breaks.
Use a Calendar
Being able to visually see your schedule really helps you prioritize your tasks. Therefore, a physical calendar that you write your professional and personal responsibilities in allows you to recognize how you’re scheduling your time and to avoid over-committing yourself. At this time of year, over-commitment is a drain on your productivity.
A digital calendar is nice to schedule reminders, but a physical calendar allows you to glance at your schedule and make quick decisions based on your already scheduled commitments. Therefore, a physical calendar is a must for anyone balancing professional and personal responsibilities.
CPS can help you design and print your To-Do lists and calendars. In fact, these would make great Holiday or New Year’s gifts for yourself and/or your staff. Contact us today.