The holidays are a busy, busy time. From malls, restaurants, and (gulp) the traffic, the Christmas season is always super hectic! This is especially felt in the workplace. The last few weeks of the year mean double the usual deadlines, the work rush, and inevitably, the stress.
As a proactive bunch, young adults like you, a.k.a. “Millennials,” always want to stay on top of your game despite the holiday work rush. You also value work-life balance so much that productivity has become a vital part of your day. After all, the more you master being productive, the more you will get done in less time!
And so, to help you become more productive as the year wraps up, we’ve rounded up 5 productivity tips you can use to survive this holiday work rush!
1. Lessen the use of gadgets at the start of your day.
The first thing many Millennials do once they wake up is check their phones. Don’t. Put your gadgets on “do not disturb” or airplane mode, and stop yourself from checking messages and notifications until at least an hour after you wake up.
The first hour of your day is important. It sets your mood and gives you time to set your agenda for the day. Checking your notifications first thing in the morning, especially amidst all the holiday work rush, may push you to spend the rest of your day being reactive, constantly replying to messages and emails between your tasks.
2. Display your time management skills.
Plan things ahead, and do your best to stick to your schedule. Deadlines? Christmas shopping? Holiday reunion with old friends? Utilize your phone’s calendar to arrange not just your work activities and deadlines but your personal errands and engagements, as well. Having a calendar is a great way to stay on top of things, and when you’re on top of things, stress can feel much more manageable.
Seriously, take a break when you feel you need it. Rest is underrated. So many of us feel like time is wasted when we take breaks or step out for a breather.
Millennials may be prone to “vacation shame.” This means that they feel guilty for taking a break or going on vacations. Imagine feeling ashamed for needing and asking for vacations, even around Christmas! But rest is so good for you that it’s necessary. Even the most well-oiled machines need rest; what more you? Soldiering on at work despite being exhausted or stressed out is a one-way ticket to burnout. A well-rested body is a more productive one.
4. Learn how to disconnect.
In this digital age we live in, it’s hard to stay focused on one task when we’re connected all. the. time. Information, entertainment, and friends are all just a click or tap away.
But you need to ignore all those when you have a deadline looming. Put your phone on silent, turn off your notifications, or simply keep your gadgets away from you. That way, you won’t be tempted to check for messages every 15 minutes.
Train yourself to know how and when to disconnect. Set a specific time to work, and a specific time for social media. And just think—the sooner you finish your work, the sooner you can go back to your online Christmas shopping!
5. Make sure your body gets the right nutrition.
At the end of the day, none of the productivity tips will work if your body is not getting the right nutrition it needs to keep up with this crazy holiday rush. Everything still boils down to what you feed your body. So make sure you eat well and drink well.
You can never go wrong with powering up with fruits and veggies. As for drinks, go back to the basics—good old milk. The newly formulated BEAR BRAND ADULT PLUS is an adult milk drink that now has 100% B-Vitamins (B1, B2, B3, B6 & B12) that may contribute to the reduction of tiredness and fatigue, plus 100% Vitamin C for the normal function of the immune system. Having a glass of the new BEAR BRAND ADULT PLUS will help give you Tibay and Lakas nutrients. Be productive at work and meet all your deadlines.
With the Christmas work rush now upon us, we hope you’re taking good care of yourself. Remember, productivity is only the result of a body that’s well nurtured.
Have any productivity tips of your own? Do share them with us in the comments!