With Christmas just a few weeks away and the countdown to the end of another busy year is in sight, it can hard to stay focused. It is easy to come in to work that little bit later (due to an office party or a few too many drinks after work) with the Christmas vibe and wanting to finish your Christmas shopping, your productivity may take a knock.
We love the festive party season but we still have targets, deadlines and meetings to attend, not to mention projects that need completing before the end of 2017 so we need to stay focused. Here are 5 top tips on staying productive throughout the party season which we hope will help you function a bit more effectively.
1.Your ‘office’ can be closed but clients don’t have to know that
For many, when children break up from school, Christmas is a time when many parents take some deserved time off work to spend with the family. If you decide to close the office for a few weeks and return in the new year, the service of a virtual office is a must. A virtual office service includes; call and mail handling and meeting room/conference room use. Calls go through to our reception and can either be diverted to your mobile or a message can be taken which is then emailed to you. Clients needn’t know that you are at home, on holiday or entertaining.
2.Create an achievable plan of action
Write a list of all the things that really need to get done before you finish for the holidays, there must be things that can wait until January when you return.
Keep a separate list, ideally in a different note book and call it your ‘To Do Book’. In the book you keep a week-by-week list of what you need to get finished by the end of the week. We cannot tell you how fulfilling it is when you see all of your tasks crossed off by the time you finish for the weekend. Having a different book just helps keep your notes separate from your normal everyday note pad.If you are not a fan of paper, there is a wonderful App called, ‘Wunderlist’ which is very good and you can create lists on your phone and link them to your colleagues and employees.
3.Never be afraid to ask for help – that is what we are here for
Christmas cards to be written, parcels to sent, projects that need completing, it is a busy time and that is why our reception team are always on hand to help. Whether you have the extra post, receipts that need sorting for your bookkeeper or some typing that needs doing, just phone reception and ask for help. From booking a taxi to a table in a restaurant to accepting your internet order as you are the office – leave it to our reception team as they will only be too happy to help.
4.Plug in to avoid distractions
December is a month of singing Christmas songs and often the office banter goes up a level or two, it can all be a bit much especially if you are trying to concentrate. Zone out and put your headphones on and tell your colleagues that you are not being rude, you just need to focus on what you are doing. A bit of Magic FM always does it for us! Another tip, if you have a laptop bring it to work and take yourself off to either the lounge, The Dock Club or one of the co-working spaces and enjoy a bit of peace and quiet.
5.Coping with a hangover
If you have a slightly fuzzy head due to one too many mulled wines, take yourself out for some fresh air at lunchtime. There is nothing worse than staring at a screen with a hang-over, go for a brisk walk around the block or have a hot shower in one of our on-site showers. Make yourself a sweet cup of tea and ask reception to screen your calls. Remember to drink lots of water, eat lunch and have an early night!
Christmas and New Year is all about spending quality time with your friends, family and loved ones. During that interim after Christmas and before everyone comes back to work in January, it is quieter on the phones and email so if you can, slow the pace of work down and relax, recharge and so you come back to work full rejuvenated.
Happy Christmas everyone!