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With November and December right around the corner, it won’t be long before phone calls start going unanswered, and emails are being met with out of office notices.
On top of this, productivity levels start dipping as our news feeds begin filling up with vacation photos, Christmas plans and year-end festivities.
However, there’s still a bit of time before the end-of-year slump hits, so here are 7 easy things you can do right now to make the most of the time left.
1. Set goals and stick to them
Now is an important a time as any to be disciplined with your goals. As always, it’s best to not be overly ambitious, so list down the big things you need to complete before the end of the year. To further help you, break out these goals into smaller milestones so it doesn’t seem too overwhelming.
2. Stop putting things off
There is never a good time for procrastination, but with the end of the year looming, deadlines become even more critical now. Manage your time so that you’re able to take care of pressing issues early on (and giving yourself a bit of buffer time if the need arises).
3. Fill in the gaps
We’re huge advocators of work-life balance, but if you’re able to use the time you spend in queues or commuting replying to non-urgent emails or catching up on reading reports, you can easily gain an extra hour. This also ensures you’re spending your time at work focused on what matters.
4. Plan for breaks
There is no point powering through a day if you’re going through routine blindly or don’t spend any time reflecting on what is happening around you. Being self-aware and present is as important as checking that box off your to-do list. By scheduling break times – and sticking to them – it makes sure you’re taking care of your mental health without disrupting your workday.
Technology can be one of the biggest distractions in your day. If there is a task or meeting that demands your full attention, switch off your phone or put it on silent and keep it out of sight. You might be amazed at what you can accomplish in three hours when you’re not distracted by social media, emails or news blogs.
6. Be selective with who you meet
The end of the year is a great time to catch up with old contacts and meet new connections. However, make sure you’re not spending too much time out of the office socialising, especially if you’re already struggling with year-end workload.
It may be a report that needs writing, an audit sheet that needs a second pair of eyes or just an assignment you could use some help with. Delegating work and doing so early can pay off in the long run. Just ensure you’re not putting unrealistic deadlines and you’re spreading the workload fairly across your team. After all, a burden shared is a burden halved.