This will be my last post for 2011, it is sad yet exciting to think that the year is coming to a close. It’s been an exciting year—Charlie Sheen went crazy crazier, Kim Kardashian got married, the St. Louis Cardinals won the World Series, Apple introduced the world to Siri, protesters gathered around the world thanks to Twitter, Kim Kardashian got divorced, Kate and William got married, and Bin Laden is no longer, but I digress, because the post I actually sat down to write was on the topic of staying on task despite the anticipation of vacation time.
I’m on this topic because I like many others am prepping to go on vacation, so as I write this blog all I can think about is sleeping late, celebrating the holidays, seeing friends and family, drinking tasty beverages, and most importantly sleeping de-stressing.
Now my last day in the office is today, however I haven’t been able to stay as focused as I would like (hence that first paragraph). The anticipation of watching A Christmas Story for 24 hours is too exciting to keep me fully focused on my work (and trust me there is A LOT to do before I leave this afternoon). As I’m sure I’m not the only one feeling the stresses before a “stress free” holiday I thought I’d share some things that work for me (or usually work for me) to keep my head in the game.
- Feel Distracted? Take a Walk. If you’re desperately trying to concentrate on a task and your mind keeps wandering, your body might as well wander off with it. Take a break, clear your mind, and come back to what you were doing with a fresh perspective.
- My favorite—Make a List. Write down all the outstanding items you have to do. It’s always a great feeling to cross things off.
- Only Do What HAS to be Done. If something has to wait to be addressed when you're back in the office-keep in mind that that is okay. It is not a life or death situation (unless you're a medical professional, world leader, soldier, etc...). So if it comes down to leaving something unfinished, don't let it ruin your time off.
We hope these pointers help you enjoy your time off and we here at EmploymentMetrix will see you in 2012! Seasons Greetings, Happy New Year, and thanks for reading!