It can be difficult to balance work and home life as Christmas time gets closer. Should you worry about sending out that last email, or getting home in time to wrap last minute presents? According to a survey by MetLife, 42% of working people find December to be one of the most stressful times of the year.
So, what can be done to keep the balance during holiday season? How can you keep up productivity at work while also keeping up to family expectations? Try out these suggestions:
Make A Daily List of Tasks
A task list can help you sort out your work priorities for the day, and once you’ve checked everything off the list, you’ll be free to go home and not have to think about work for the rest of the evening. If that last minute email isn’t on the list, chances are you can get to it the next day and don’t need to feel guilty over it.
Keep Work and Home Separate
The best way to balance work and home life is to keep it separate. If you’re already at work for eight to ten hours, try not to do any work once you get home. Put away your work phone or that paperwork you’ve been carrying around and spend some quality time with your family.
Skip The Weekend Sleep-Ins
Weekends are the time for gift shopping, house decorating, and family quality time. Don’t spend half of your weekend mornings sleeping away. Set up a workable schedule so that you have your morning free for whatever needs to be done that day.
Try out these suggestions for a less stressful December. If you can achieve greater balance during holiday season, you can cut down on stress, fatigue, and guilt too!