Monday, December 19, 2011

Crazy Christmas Weeks

Happy Monday!

Today is the first day of two weeks that can be kinda crazy. Some folks take this week off to get ready for Christmas. Others will vacation next week—the week between Christmas and New Year—because so little gets done.

However, some of you are stressing because it’s end-of-month, end-of-year and you may have quotas to reach, goals to accomplish or tasks to wrap up...in addition to all the Christmas craziness.

Here are three suggestions that get you closer to sending 2011 out on a positive note while lowering your stress level:
- Do a Master To-Do List. Write down everything you need to do before the end of the year…everything…personal and professional. You may be a little overwhelmed by what you see but having a list helps you set priorities and keeps you from forgetting things.
- Ask more questions. You can’t get everything done and asking questions helps you focus on the things that are truly important to you and others.
- Get a little more organized. Don’t leave your house in the morning, don’t leave your desk at lunch or the end of the day, and don’t go to bed at night without taking 30 seconds each time to straighten a few things up. The cumulative effect is stunning. 30 seconds here and there will get you organized and keep you organized. Walking away from your work area on December 31 and being able to look back and see it organized is a great way to send off the old year.

Start with the To-Do List. It’ll only take a couple of minutes. Do it right now.

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