Top 5 Productivity Tips During the Holidays
- November 15, 2017
- For Parents
- Run a Timer Blitz
Pick a specific task, set a timer and simply get as much done as you can in the allotted time. Sometimes we put things off because we feel like they are going to take FOREVER. When the buzzer rings, walk away and don’t feel guilty if you didn’t finish. That laundry isn’t going anywhere! You may be surprised at how much you can accomplish in a short amount of time.
2. Use the Lesser of Two Evils Strategy
When you have more than one task to accomplish, start with the one you despise the least. Then use the less-despised item as a “reward”. Yes. It’s a mental trick. No. It’s not truly a “reward”; however, it allows you to realize that even though certain things have to be done, there are ways to motivate yourself and start checking them off.
3. Draft a Team
Make a list of all the tasks that are overwhelming you and then a list of people who can help you. Hire a neighbor or college student to wrap gifts, make returns, run errands, help with chores or care for your kids. Remember it’s ok to admit that you need help! It’s also money well spent to reduce your level of stress. We use a similar approach when working with students and individuals. It often takes a team, and knowing who can help and how (then enlisting support) can make all the difference in the world.
4. Lay Out a Timeline
Plug ALL of your commitments into a calendar and work specific tasks in between them. This can be done online but, for many, the act of physically writing it out helps to process and make decisions. Look at the entire week at once, and be as specific as possible. On a given day, map out your time in chunks (4 – 4:30 update gift list; 4:30 – 6:00 shopping; 6:15 – 7:15 make and have dinner, etc.). By doing this, you’ll maximize use of your free time and increase your productivity.
5. Cut It Out
Ask yourself which items on our list can be cut this year. Are all of them ABSOLUTELY critical? Your friends and family will forgive you if you don’t get your holiday cards out in time or purchase a store bought dessert. Do you really need to make 20 types of cookies? Make spending time with the people who matter most a priority.
For more information and access to tools, guides, and other tips, visit us on the web at www.Solutionsforstudentsuccess.com. Or Contact Solutions for Student Success for a free consultation on how to develop Executive Functioning Skills.