The holiday season is in full swing and we know how difficult it can be to manage personal, professional, and patient life. With so many irons in the fire, you might feel like you’ve reached your breaking point. Fortunately, we’ve come up with top time management practices that we use and love!
Make Lists–Check Them Twice
No, you’re not Santa. But you can definitely use his organizational style to keep yourself in check. Making lists help you lay out what you’ve got going on for the day, week, and month. You can choose to make lists digitally on your phone through your notes app or a list specific app. Or, go old school and bust out pen and paper to get those muscle memory benefits.
Set a Timer
Whether you’re doing admin work or simply trying to keep your office or home clean, blocking your time can help keep you focused. Setting 15, 30, 45, or 60 min increments can help you stay focused and on track with whatever tasks you have at hand. Additionally, blocking out your time can help you avoid procrastination because you know how long you plan to spend on a task, thus making it more manageable.
With the holidays, it’s easy to get off track. Between parties, family, friends, etc. you may begin to feel like you’re being pulled in twenty different directions. Don’t be afraid to set boundaries and let people know when you need time and space to complete tasks. You’re not yourself when you’re stressed and distracted.
Practice Saying NO
With all those fun holiday parties after work and on the weekends, saying no can get pretty difficult. In fact, you may be tempted to say yes to everything! But it’s important that you learn how to say NO. And, it’s important that you learn that no is a full sentence. As tempting as another holiday party maybe, your good health is even more important. If you feel inclined to make up for your absence, offer to set up a day and time for lunch when all the craziness of the holidays settles down.