Did you know that Christmas is a dead end? The finishing point? The last stop at the station? Forget the New Year, or the many months stretching out into the future. Christmas is the deadline. We must get everything done before December 25.
Why do we put this pressure on ourselves every year? We make ourselves elaborate “To-do” lists, including Christmas shopping, Christmas cards, Christmas cooking and catching up with everyone before Christmas day. Why? Does everyone suddenly disappear in a puff of smoke on December 26? It’s no better at work. We run around trying to get everything done before the holiday season begins. For some people however, working hard to have a clean desk by Christmas Eve means that it’s easier to relax while on holiday. By doing this, we know that when we come back we can have a clean start to the New Year.
Although you may feel the pressure is on right now, it’s a time to be realistic about what we can achieve. Try to find a balance between feeling satisfied with what you have accomplished and burning yourself out. Take a step back, a deep breath and be sensible. Say NO to unrealistic demands. In line with this be reasonable about what others can achieve and don’t pressure them to get unnecessary things done. After all, the work will still be there after Christmas because sadly work never completely disappears for most people.
And to get the most out of your well deserved holiday…
- While you are on holiday have email free days. Avoid obsessive checking of emails and refuse work-related calls.
- Enjoy your last days of holiday. If you can, compartmentalize. Do not start thinking or worrying about work until you are there.
What other tips do you have for making the most out of your summer holiday?