What You Need to Do Before You Start Your Holidays

The holidays are almost here.  Whether you are currently employed, or looking for a job, the holidays are a great time to unwind and to spend time with your family and friends.  However, before you get too relaxed watching holiday movies and sipping eggnog, make sure that you have completed all of these pre-holiday tasks:

Make a list of what you would like to achieve when you get back.  When you return from holidays, it can be a bit of a challenge to get back on track.  If you’re working, you may have forgotten which tasks need to be done.  If you’re looking for work, it may be tough to remember where you left off.  When you leave yourself a to-do list, it’s a lot easier to hit the ground running when you come back in January.
Clean up your office or your work station.  Tidy up before you go on holidays.  If you’ve left your desk a mess, and other people are in the office, they are going to think that you’re a slob.  Also, it’s hard to get a fresh start in the New Year when you’re dealing with last year’s mess.

Do something nice for the people around you.  When you’re unemployed, your friends and family are forced to ride the job search roller coaster with you.  Do something to show them that you appreciate their support.  When you’re working, your coworkers deserve your appreciation.  Bring in a treat that everyone in the office can enjoy.   

Make a list of your accomplishments for the past year.  We are all so busy, that it is easy for us to forget about everything that we’ve accomplished.  If you create a list of your accomplishments, it will show you how much you have achieved, and it may come in handy later on.

Send season’s greetings to your coworkers and your networking contacts.  Take the time to send out holiday greetings.  This sentiment shows that you care about them as a person beyond what they can do for your career.

Nobody wants to do much work on the last day before the holidays, but if you close your year out right, you will be off to a good start when you come back to work in January.  Happy Holidays!

(Written by Karen Bivand)

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