A Stress-Free Productivity Guide for the End of the Work Year

Everyone is looking forward to Christmas, the New Year and spending quality time with friends and family. While called “the most wonderful time of the year,” for most companies the holiday season also tends to be the most hectic. Below are a few tips on how to maintain productivity and keep the stress at bay this holiday season.


Develop a Schedule of Urgent Tasks

There’s no doubt there will be a few tasks that need to be done before the year ends. As December wraps up, businesses everywhere are scrambling to finish their 2017 projects. To ensure that the year ends smoothly, take some time to sit down with your coworkers and employees and compile a list of tasks that need to be completed, in order of urgency. This will help you to determine the importance of tasks, and whether or not you can schedule them for the next year. Ask yourself: “Does it matter if this gets completed on December 15th? Or can it wait for January or February?” For the next few weeks, only focus on completing the most urgent tasks. Making a wrap-up plan will allow your team to efficiently complete any required projects before the year ends.


Schedule tasks for 2018

With so much going on, it may seem unnecessary to look ahead towards the coming months. However, time flies by quickly and you should to at least start planning an outline for 2018. Planning ahead for the first few months of 2018 will allow your company to be organized and ready to tackle the new year.


Address and Update Any Workflow Needs

The end of the year is the perfect time to address any workflow bottlenecks in your pipeline. Are certain business processes a burden on your team? Is your office overrun with paper documents? It’s important to ask these questions and find solutions for 2018. InStream offers a number of workflow automation solutions that will transform your company’s efficiency and productivity for the new year.


Don’t Forget to Have Some Fun!

Tis’ the season! While things may be stressful at work and last-minute tasks need to be completed, it is equally important to set aside some time for holiday fun. Office Christmas parties and Secret Santas, are fun ways for employees to unwind and celebrate the festive season, while also fostering company morale. Such events are perfect opportunities for co-workers to connect and get away from office stress.

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