Avoid the Holiday Slump: Stay Productive

It’s that time of year again; the Holiday Slump. Beginning with Thanksgiving and staying until after the New Year, the Holiday Slump refers to several weeks between the holidays where employees typically suffer from a lack of motivation, burnout from all the work they have done and stress for the holidays. Here are some ways that you can avoid the Holiday Slump and stay productive in the office.

Utilize Free Time
In previous posts, we have mentioned that taking breaks throughout the day is very beneficial to employee’s productivity. With that said, it can seem counter- productive especially if you have a growing pile of paperwork and a deadline coming up. But taking a 10 – 15 minute break to take a walk,  look through a magazine or use the time for Holiday related tasks can actually be a great way to stay productive at work and cut down on Holiday stress. Just be cautious that you do not take too long of a break.

Automate Crucial Processes
Take advantage of software that can reduce the time and labor of daily, time consuming tasks. By automating your Accounts Payable, Human Resources and customer services processes, you can organize, route and centralize documents, improving operations and costs. Not only that, but automation gives employees something that always seems to be  missing- time. This comes especially handy around the holidays.

Stay Energized
The winter months seem to drain us of our energy, with the days getting shorter and crash diets and a copious amount of turkey and pumpkin pie. When you feel your energy falling, get up and move, eat high protein snacks and stay hydrated. When you are taking your break avoid eating over eating or eating junk food in front of your computer. It will make you tired and slow you down.

Set Goals
Because we’re often thinking about our upcoming family parties, vacation time and what we need to get done on our personal to-do list, our work is put on the back burner. This is why setting challenging yet attainable goals is important during the Holiday Slump. It will keep you motivated. So write down your goals and keep track of your progress, you’ll be pleasantly surprised with the outcome.

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