The holiday season is often full of joy as we spend time with friends and family. Yet, celebrating during the holiday months can also be quite a lot of sensory input for our physical and mental health.
As the season progresses, that input can sap energy and leave professionals feeling unmotivated or overwhelmed. Feelings of lackluster motivation can also lead to being unproductive at work, an all-too-common outcome.
Professionals looking to stay motivated and productive during the busy holiday months need to make some specific changes. In the aftermath of the holiday season, members of Young Entrepreneur Council look back in order to share the tips that worked for staying energized or productive during the holidays. Here are some things to remember when the next holiday season nears:
1. Realize Competitors Have Slowed
Staying motivated during the holiday months is easy to do when you realize that everyone is slacking while you can get ahead. Realizing that your competition is letting their guard down, not making sales and not grinding or hustling can be a big motivator to work even harder. You can pull ahead in the race while they sit on the sidelines. Working harder, not only smarter, can pay off huge. – Shay Berman, Digital Resource LLC
2. Shift Your Focus
We have offices in both the U.S. and Japan. During the busier time here, we shift our focus on business development and fundraising to our Tokyo office, as there are no holidays there. – Ben Ries, Imageous, Inc.
3. Have Strict Time Management
It’s natural to wander from your core work routine during the holiday months, but that doesn’t mean you can’t still be productive. Each evening, plan out the core tasks that you want to achieve the following day. Schedule blocks of one to two hours where you are focused and making real progress on your tasks. When needed, take 30-minute breaks to recharge and regain focus. – Connor Gillivan, FreeeUp
4. Work On One Task At A Time
Trying to tackle too many tasks at once could be what’s holding you back from better productivity. Often we’re so overwhelmed with tasks to complete that we try to do a little bit of everything, only to make a small dent in the pile of work that we need to complete. By working on one task at a time, you’ll discover that not only will you be engaged with it, but you’ll also finish each task quicker. – Anthony Will, Reputation Resolutions
5. Stay Hungry And Innovative
When the holidays hit, the key is to always stay hungry and innovative. I always like to think that if I’m not working, there is someone out there working twice as hard to take away business from me. Time is always ticking, and you can’t lose momentum in business by being complacent. – Lorne Fade, VR Vision Inc.
6. Make The Most Of The Holidays
I love the holidays! Why? We eliminate all of our competition since we are the only buyers this time of year. While every other company is taking extra time off, we go into high gear. Every year our acquisitions team buys more properties over the holidays than any other time of the year. It’s easy to get motivated for that. – Tarry Summers, KP Real Estate Group
7. Take Time To ‘Turn Off’
During the holiday months, I respect a pre-decided hour at the end of every day to “turn off.” This hard stop allows time each day for holiday events, dinners and family time while not feeling guilty for missing work. Before the week begins, I plan at what time each afternoon or evening I will “turn off” before functions begin. My days remain productive and I show up to celebrate excellently. – Caroline Beckman, Nouri Life
8. Devote Time To A Single Task
I pick up strategic to-do items that I have not been able to focus during the busy time of year. These items typically need deep thinking which is often interrupted by hustle and bustle of busy days. During holiday months, I am able to devote long hours to a single problem that span actually working on the problem, reading and researching, and often brooding over during long walks and coffee. – Bramh Gupta, RoboMQ