4 simple work hacks to avoid stress this festive season
It is that time of the year again. There is that pleasant nip in the air, the kind that heralds the beginning of month-long festivities across this diverse country of numerous faiths and colourful expressions.
For the corporate employees though, festivities do not always mean a holiday. Many of them do not manage to get off work during the festival days. And this is a tricky situation faced by many, no matter which sector they are in. Stressful workplaces can, however, take a toll on the health and quality of lives of employees. In a survey, conducted by Cigna TTK Health Insurance, 89% of Indians responded saying that they suffered from stress as compared to the global average of 86%.
Well, with the festive season approaching, it’s time you took the control back with work-life blend. While keeping your job is important, you cannot give the festivities a miss, either. Here are some tips on how to make the best of both worlds by using the effective work-pleasure hacks given below:
- Decide your priorities: Get the best returns from a work day by prioritizing your to-do list according to importance and urgency. Time is crucial especially when your mind is partially focused on celebrations. So, organize and complete the most pressing tasks first and then go on to the next. Tick off tasks as they are done. You could try scheduling ‘time blocks’ for each task, such that you do not get overwhelmed and demotivated by the sheer amount of work you have.
- Keep distractions at bay: Holiday season can be quite distracting for obvious reasons. Whether it is the holiday stress, emails to be answered, or quick questions from your colleagues, distractions can interfere with the work schedule you had planned. Keep a time buffer for all the possible distractions that can come your way, so that you don’t have to ignore important work. Work hard to party harder!
- Plan and schedule everything: It's good to plan all that you want to accomplish but it's important to be disciplined when following your plan. Follow your planner and carry it everywhere you go. Whether it is work, shopping, or visiting your friends, the planner should have all the day’s activities jotted down. This will prevent the possibility of burnout and unnecessary stress during this season.
- Be kind to yourself and others: When everybody else is on vacation, your colleagues might be feeling a little low or unproductive, as they have to be at work. This is an opportunity to show empathy and reinstate faith in the company’s values and policies. Take time out to bring the festive cheer to work. Consider perks like gifts, interactive sessions, and shorter work days so that tensions are low and work gets done.
Ready to rock-n-roll? Have fun and Happy Monster Holidays to you ;)