Office working at Christmas time

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For most of us, today will be the last day of work for 2014. Yippeeee – can’t contain my excitement! However, for some like me, who doesn’t have enough holiday left to spend the entire 2 weeks sitting in front of a fire, watching dire tv and eating more than I’ve consumed cumulatively all year, I’d thought I’d write what I plan to do to make sure I am still productive in this Christmas period. And here they are:

Set out a list of tasks that can be started and completed before everyone else comes back after Christmas. If you never finish anything – it probably won’t feel like you’ve not achieved much. It may be Christmas but my line manager is still expecting some serious output for when everything returns to normal. Focus on the tasks where it requires you and nobody else – I realise that this can be quite a challenge in some jobs.

Reflect: When we only have hours to go before the countdown of 2015, everyone will be thinking of their past year. What was good, what wasn’t so good and what do they want to do differently in the coming year. Take the same opportunity to do this with your work life. Evaluate what you are doing – something slightly easier to do when you don’t have people stopping at your desk asking you questions every 10 minutes.

Objectives: This really is an output of that ‘To reflect’ meeting you put in the diary with one attendee (yourself). If you realise that you’ve achieved some all of the objectives you set out, then add new ones! If you’ve realised that some are not achievable, can they be adjusted? Have a plan ready in your mind for when your line manager comes back and you can begin 2015 really on the right foot!

Training: Another one that may come out of your objectives, are there any areas that you could develop if you received training. I’ve found that everyone says they would like to attend training courses in that and the other but hardly ever get around to doing anything about it. Between the lull of Christmas and New Year is perfect, you have time to look around and see what’s on offer. Another reason for you to be straight back on it when everyone’s back in 2015.

Plan: When it gets hectic, my planning goes out the window. Set yourself up for success in the new year by planning your next actions, and get ready to send out those emails to colleagues that you need to speak to once they are in the office. You know they’re not going to reply during Christmas. Why let your email get lost in the jungle of emails they are going to come back to on their first day and just piss them off when they come back in the office. Instead, wait until you know their in the office, then it will go straight to the top of their pile and you weren’t that person sending them a billion emails in anticipation of them returning to work!

So there you have it – my plan for my christmas holidays and working from home days. A lot of reflection and a lot of planning so that you’re raring to go whilst everyone else is sharing their new found diet and exercise regime for the new year. Which one will have the most benefits I wonder?

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