The holidays can be a nightmare for productivity. There are work parties, family get togethers and shopping to be done. We all know what it’s like!
As great as the holiday season is, it is also a really great way to derail your path towards achieving your goals. You’ve worked hard all year long to be consistent, stay organized and get stuff done. You’ve been rocking at life and you don’t need an entire month to get off schedule at the end of the year. One solid month (or more!) of being less productive than usual will set you up for failure. It is really easy to consistently do things as long as you consistently do them. If you have the opportunity to slack off for a bit, odds are that you’re going to continue slacking off.
How To Stay On Top Of Your Goals During The Holidays
Make a plan
If you’ve read any of my other posts, you knew this was coming! You may have to go week by week during the end of November and through December instead of planning your whole month. Things pop up. You need to plan to be flexible. Write out all of the scheduled events you know are going to happen. Then fill in your working time. You can still attend everything and have a lot of fun. You don’t need to sacrifice the work you are doing for yourself, whatever it may be. You can have your cake and eat it too around the holidays.
If you normally get work done in the evenings and you now know that some of those evenings are going to be filled with other commitments, then you need to make adjustments. I know you’ll be out of your groove, and I know that this may be difficult because we work better at certain times of the day, but you’re going to have to find another time to fit it in! You may have to get up a few hours earlier and sneak it in during the morning. Yes, that is going to suck, but you’re going to feel so much better when you know you’ve already accomplished your goals for the day when you’re sipping back on fancy drinks during your party. It is better to adjust than to let it slip! How bad do you want this, anyway?
Remember Your End Game
It is so easy to let things slip during the busiest time of the year. But, remember your end game. What did you want to accomplish by the end of the year? Are you there yet? If not, make a list of achievable goals that you know you can clear off your plate. Be realistic. December probably isn’t the best time to start producing a course or a huge project. Just tie up loose ends by the New Year
Keep It Simple
Avoid overwhelm. Keep a routine that makes you feel calm. I find the holidays very stressful because I’m normally not following any routine. Choose one thing that is non-negotiable that can keep you grounded during this time. Also, just remember that it is okay to say no. You can turn down invitations if it is becoming too much. Keep shopping simple by doing it online. Make sure you are spending enough time on self care. This is a great time of the year but it is very draining. Do whatever you need to do to keep yourself productive and happy during this time!
You have goals to crush in the New Year! See you there!