The holiday season has arrived, but things are very different this year. Due to the COVID-19 pandemic you’ve been working from home most of 2020. You’re thankful to have this flexible work arrangement but that doesn’t mean it’s easy to concentrate.
Working remotely inevitably comes with distractions but even more so during the holiday season. It can be hard to concentrate on work when so much fun is right around the corner. Here’s how to remain focused and driven during the most wonderful time of the year.
4 Tips to Stay Motivated When Working Remotely This Holiday Season
Start Each Day With a Plan
It’s easy to fall into a pattern of inefficiency when your day lacks structure. Set yourself up for success by starting each day with a to-do list. Having all the tasks you need to accomplish right in front of you will help you stay focused. If you start to veer off course, a quick look at this list will remind you of everything you need to complete before quitting time.
Focus on Work
The holidays are fun but curating a memorable experience for loved ones can require a lot of effort. You’re certainly not alone if you use a bit of company time to do a little shopping or menu planning but this can be a slippery slope. What started as a quick 10-minute break can easily turn into an hour of online browsing. In addition to losing valuable work time it can also be difficult to transition back into work mode.
Working during the holiday season isn’t always fun, but remember why you’re doing it. Your job provides the financial means to purchase gifts for loved ones, serve a delicious holiday meal, buy festive home décor, and make donations to help those less fortunate. Changing your way of thinking about work during this time of year will help inspire you to keep doing great things when you would rather be out enjoying the season.
Take Vacation Time
If you have paid time off saved up from the year, now is the time to use it. Knowing you will be getting a break from work to fully immerse yourself in the holidays will keep your spirits up. The last thing you want is to have to tie up loose ends on your days off or leave extra work for your colleagues because you slacked off before vacation.
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