How to Stay Motivated During the Holiday Season

The holidays are upon us, and while they’re a lot of fun, all of that festive cheer can make it difficult to get any work done.  So whether you are currently employed, or are looking for a job, here are some tips to help you stay on track during the holiday season:

Make a list of what you would like to accomplish by the end of the year.  A great way to start off a New Year is by tying up all of the loose ends from the previous one.  When you’re checking tasks off your list as you complete them, you are more likely to get them all done.

Make rules for yourself.  The world doesn’t stop for the holidays.  If you’re currently working, your employer is still going to be evaluating your productivity.  If you’re looking for a job, opportunities will still come and go in December.  Set guidelines for yourself, such as, “I will work on my report for two hours before I talk to anybody.”, or “I will send out ten resumes every day before 5pm.”  These little rules can keep you on track in even the most distracting of environments.

Allow time for some fun stuff.  Don’t push yourself too hard.  Remember, that a healthy work-life balance is good for you.  In between all of your work, make time for some holiday fun.

Work on projects that you enjoy.  When you’re not in the mood for work, it is a lot easier to motivate yourself to do tasks that you enjoy, than it is to do the ones that you dread.  Of course, sometimes those unpleasant tasks are unavoidable, but if you have the option, stick to the work that you enjoy.

Make plans for the New Year.  January is the perfect time to start new projects and to try new ideas.  Make a plan for what you want to achieve in the New Year.  The excitement for the year ahead will help you stay on track in December.

With all of the holiday treats, parties, and general excitement, work can fall lower on the list of priorities.  However, if you make an effort to stay motivated, you won’t get behind and you’ll be ready for the year ahead.

(Written by Karen Bivand)


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