Tips for Not Falling Behind at Work during the Holidays

Yikes, there are less than two weeks left in the year! Among the last minute shopping, cooking for get-togethers, preparing for guests and traveling to see friends and family, many of us are feeling spread thin this holiday season. At work, the story is similar, with vacation and personal time throwing a wrench into last minute projects to wrap up the year. Here are tips to help you not fall behind at work during the holidays:

Stay Organized

These days, staying organized is so much easier said than done! Luckily there are many tools to help us out. Easiest of all is the trusty to-do list! List out your work priorities, their due dates and schedule your time accordingly. This will keep you on track and help ensure nothing important falls through the cracks.

Communicate

Do you have vacation or personal days coming up? Remember to tell your supervisor and teammates. This will give them an idea about your bandwidth and also help prevent important tasks from being forgotten.

Ask for Help

Yes, everyone is busy, but that doesn’t mean you’re not allowed to raise the white flag in a desperate situation. Ask a teammate if he/she can help you with that project you haven’t had time for yet. Also consider talking to your supervisor about everything on your plate before the end of the year, because your supervisor might become flexible on due dates for your deliverables.

Don’t Over-Commit 

If you know full well that you don’t have the bandwidth to help with a project before the New Year, don’t commit to it. Although you might feel bad saying “no,” just remember that it’s better to be honest with your boss and colleagues than not following through.

As 2013 wraps up, many are struggling to keep their heads above water, especially at work. Take a deep breath and follow our tips, because we are in the home-stretch of holiday madness!

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