Balancing life is hard for anytime of the year. When it comes to your work and social life, you have to make time for others and also yourself. When you add the holidays and all of the holiday activities into the mix, the need to balance becomes a lot harder, especially if you’re huge into the holidays.
All the holiday fun makes it easy to abandon or slack on your work (especially as an entrepreneur), and you probably debate on doing so quite a few times, but there is still work to be done during the holidays. With that being said, it’s also important to make sure you’re taking the time to have fun and doing all the festive things that the holidays are about. This is why you have to balance and I have a few tips that can help you do so!
Plan how you use your time.
Your time is very important and you want to make the very best of it so you can get the most out of the holiday season despite what your workload level. You also want to make sure that you’re using your work time wisely because if the important things don’t get done in time, then you will become stressed.
Create and stick to a schedule.
Scheduling is very important and a great way to help make sure you’re using your time wisely as well. Schedule in when you’re going to work, what you’re going to work on, and when you plan on getting it done. On the flip side of that, you can plan your holiday activities ahead so you know what to look forward to and you’re prepared for it. It will make balancing the holiday season go a lot smoother.
Say no and set boundaries.
Saying no is not only one of the most important things, but also one of the hardest things to do. It’s especially hard if you work for yourself because then you have to tell yourself no. If you’re working for an employer who wants to add on a workload or you have a coworker trying to get you to do their job, set those boundaries and tell them no. It’s not just about trying to enjoy the holidays, but also about not adding more stress to yourself. If you work for yourself, it’s easy to pile yourself up with work and stress yourself out, but you have to learn when it’s time to stop. On the flip side of things, sometimes you’ll have to say no when it comes to doing holiday activities. Adulting sucks, but there’s still work to get done and if you’re behind or have important work that needs priority, you have to get those out the way which will free that weight off your shoulders.
Give yourself a little extra grace.
The holidays can be a hard time and it’s a moment in the year that gives some the chance to become a kid again. It’s also a time that may be hard to go through due to past events. Whichever the reason may be, give yourself a little extra grace. You’re a human who sometimes need to have an unplanned break and that’s okay.
Incorporate the holidays to your work space.
Sometimes when you’re working, especially if you’re not a fan of the work you’re doing, it can get a little sad or depressing when you want to go out and play. If you’re able to, incorporate the holidays into your work space by decorating it. Adding a little touch of decor can really help make everything more fun and could be just what you need to push through. You can also choose to drink something festive while doing work, such as hot chocolate or eggnog!
Working during the holidays isn’t always going to be fun (or fun at all for some), but you have to balance in order to make the best of the holidays. Once you get a good schedule going, you’ll be glad that you made the time to plan things out and you can enjoy your holidays to the fullest!
Are you good at balancing during the holidays? Is there anything you would add to the list?