‘Tis the season to be tidy – for many of us this is a time of reflection, looking back at past achievements and forward to future opportunities.
The growing list of year-end preparations and errands can be overwhelming – but it doesn’t have to be.
These five tips will help you stay organized during the holidays and get a head start on the new year:
1. Create a To-Do List
A To-Do list is a great way to make sure no task goes unnoticed, stay on track and be held accountable. Grab a notebook, create a new Google Sheets document, or “Hey Siri, create a new reminder…” – just get started.
2. Set Deadlines and Stick to Them
Always set due dates – deadlines help keep you on target. They let you plan ahead better, provide structure and keep you on point – set it and get it done.
3. Keep Your Work and Home Space Clean
Let’s start the New Year off by celebrating National Clean Off Your Desk on Monday January 9th.
Keeping a tidy work space makes you look more professional, makes you more efficient, ensures you have space to work, helps keep sensitive information safe, keeps you on task and helps keep stress at bay – roll up those sleeves and get to organizing.
4. Simplify Your Tasks
Large projects can be overwhelming – but they don’t have to be.
Break them down into smaller tasks or steps with set due dates. Steps provide a logical approach to project management not to mention, when all the steps are complete – the project is done.
5. Do One Thing at a Time
Ever heard the saying “multi-tasking is a myth” – it’s true.
Multitasking means being partially engaged in several activities, rarely giving your complete attention to any one. When you switch away from the main task to do something else, you’re increasing the time it takes to finish that task by an average of 25 per cent – do one thing at a time.
We hope you have a joyous holiday season and a productive New Year!