Have Yourself a Productive Little Christmas
December 6th, 2017
‘Twas the night before Monday and all through the house,
not a thing was prepared… not even a blouse.
The lunches were packed without a single care given
and the house was too dirty for even the mice to live in.
The working women were nestled all snug in their beds,
while visions of to-do lists danced in their heads.
If this sounds familiar
and you need a little holiday pep
Don’t be worried –
Follow these 5 simple steps:
1. Identify your personal motivating factors. For example,
-A big glass of red wine after work
-A raise or bonus
-Being liked by your coworkers
-A great work environment
-Having 1 hour of alone time every day
-A stable future
-Making an impact
2. Give yourself daily reminders of these motivating factors. For example:
-For red wine: Set out the glasses and the bottle in the morning before you leave
-For a raise/bonus: Make a list of nice-to-haves that you would buy with the extra cash and leave it on your desk
-For approval from coworkers: Give out a few genuine compliments at work
-For alone time: Schedule this out on your calendar as a meeting with yourself so that you see it all day
-For a stable future: make a vision board of your future aspirations and place it in a visible spot
-For making an Impact: Keep thank you cards and nice notes from your friends, family, and coworkers in an envelope in your purse to look at when you need encouragement
3. Get up 5 minutes earlier than you normally would and create a to-do list for the day. Add in your work tasks, your social events, your work out time, etc. and stick to it as best you can throughout the day. Crossing one thing off the list will make you feel accomplished and motivate you to keep going.
4. Collaborate on at least 1 task a day. Talk through a task with another coworker. Invite a friend to help you decorate the house. Get your partner to come to a new fitness class with you. Studies show that having just one other person to collaborate with you will increase interest in the subject.
5. Add something fun to the mix. Listen to Christmas music while you are writing emails. Drink your favorite beer while you’re cleaning the house. Stop by your favorite lunch spot while you are out Christmas shopping. This way you have something to look forward to while you are getting your work done.