The holiday season, while whimsical and festive, is full of distractions. Many people take extra time off, and there are plenty of other things (holiday parties, gift shopping, recipes for the upcoming meals) to think about besides work. BUT there are some incentives to staying motivated throughout the holiday season- so, if you so desire, buckle up and make this a productive time – while still enjoying the magic in the air!
1) Money: While shopping for presents, holiday decorations and food for feasts can really take a toll on your bank account, there are opportunities – for those willing- to offset that spending with some extra cash. Many companies, especially in the retail industry, are hiring extra hands for the holiday season. Seasonal jobs are offered by many merchandisers, as well as within hospitality, to meet the demands of shoppers, travelers, and people enjoying the holiday season in various ways. So if work tends to be slower in December, take advantage of your extra time and replenish your wallet!
2) “Feel Good” Work: As our parents always taught us – the holiday season is about more than gifts. Take this time to go the extra mile when it comes to your clients, partners and colleagues – to spread some of the joy. Whether that means putting in some extra unbillable work for an account, or sending a simple e-mail to your clients to remind them you are thankful for their business and loyalty – going the extra mile will mean a lot to those around you, and will make you feel good as well.
3) Get Ahead-While many of your clients and partners may be out of the office throughout the holiday season – don’t give in (completely) to the temptation to slack. Putting in some extra work when you can will make your holiday vacation feel even more deserved, and will allow you to head into the new year feeling on top, instead of behind. Things will pick up again in January before you know it, so enjoy some of this down time, and use it to your advantage.
Even with the tips above- make sure to enjoy the holidays!