Well, it’s that time of year again. Holiday season is upon us and the most wonderful time of the year as it is known typically signals the end of another very grueling (and hopefully) successful year. While many employees are busy planning holiday parties and trying to squeeze the last little bit out of their annual vacation days, it’s important to remember that there is still business to be done. By finishing strong, you can put an exclamation point at the end of an already positive year and be ahead of the game when the new year rolls around.
Plan accordingly. For many businesses, the holiday season equates to extra time off. On top of the normal time off for holidays, many employees use a significant amount of their vacation in December as well. While it is important to use this time to refresh and even out the work/life balance that so many of us have trouble maintaining, the added time off also means less time to finish what needs to be done. Resist the natural inclination to let your productivity level decline as a result. If you have time off approaching, plan accordingly and map out what assignments need to be completed and when. By establishing personal deadlines, you’ll have a better understanding of which days to focus on each respective project and be able to hold yourself accountable for staying on track.
Get answers. The end of the year can often be an ideal time to get answers and wrap-up some of the projects that seem to have been going on forever. Clients typically like to tie-up as many loose ends as possible at the end of the year to get a fresh start at the beginning of the next. Without putting too much pressure on them, bring up past projects that they have been non-committal on before and see if it’s worth revisiting in the first quarter of the next year. Companies will often have annual budgets with additional funds that may go unused if they don’t allocate them by the end of the year. This could be an opportunity to introduce a program in the coming year using a past budget. Good or bad, try to get an answer one way or another!
The most important thing to remember is that you’ve worked hard and earned a little R&R before the new year. Take care of business in the office so you can enjoy a stress-free and relaxing holiday season at home.