Work-Life Balance During The Holidays…Is It Possible

Balancing your work and life during the holidays can seem impossible. You still have to be productive at work, while also finding everyone on your list the perfect gift.

After all of this you still have to find time to make it to all of the Christmas parties, and at least pretend you’re not too tired to have fun. It actually is possible to balance work and life during the holidays, and here are a few tips on how you can accomplish this seemingly impossible feat.

Set Boundaries

When you start setting boundaries you are simply putting some guidelines in place on how you are going to spend your time during the holiday season. This can give you a lot of freedom and flexibility so you can actually enjoy your time at work, and more importantly with your family. One of the most effective ways to set boundaries is to create a schedule.

Discuss with your bosses, co-workers and family which days you’ll be in the office, and when you’ll be at home. You will also want to let them know if you plan on working late in order to meet pressing deadlines. Simply communicating your schedule and plans can relieve a lot of holiday stress.

Be Present

One of the best ways to make it through the holidays with your sanity still intact is to stay focused on the present. If you are at work refrain from looking at all of the holiday photos friends and family keep posting on social media, and you definitely don’t want to spend the day shopping for gifts online. When you are at work stay productive, this will prevent you from falling behind so you won’t have to stay late at the office during the holidays. The same also applies when you are at home. Don’t check work related emails or spend hours in your home office, instead spend the time enjoying yourself and focusing on family.

Establish Priorities

Don’t try to say “yes” to every Christmas party invitation, chances are there is no way you can make them all. This also applies to every last minute project that turns up at work. You do not have to accept every one, and chances are no one expects you to.

Before the holiday season really “kicks into gear” take a few minutes to go over projects at work with your managers and co-workers. Decide which ones must be completed before the new year, and separate them from the projects that aren’t as important.

This one simple step can relieve a lot of holiday stress and pressure on everyone. While you might not want to say “no”, it really is the best way for you to preserve your sanity during the holiday season.

When you take the time to prioritize your schedule and set boundaries you’ll find that it is easier to be present in the moment, and this will ensure that you have fond memories of this holiday season.

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