The holidays are just around the corner and with them are a much-needed break. For many, especially if you’ve recently started a new job, it’s tempting to skip the holiday downtime for fear it will reflect badly on your productivity. Truly though, with a bit of planning and heart, these 4 holiday season career benefits
1. Taking breaks improves productivity
It’s easy to believe that working late and not taking time off means you will get more work done. However, recent research has found that when working long hours, employees lose creativity while also find it hard to maintain the same intensity level in their work. So, by working yourself too hard, it could actually be detrimental to the quality of your work.
A better strategy is to budget your time around daily, weekly, monthly tasks.
Especially if you’re seeking to maximize the career benefits of the holiday season.
To help manage the workload try assembling a plan. Take early stock of all high-level tasks that must be finished before your break. Write these into your schedule and tag them for importance. This is your mandatory list.
Secondly, form a list of mid-level tasks. These are the non-immediate-but-overall-important tasks that will greatly benefit current and upcoming workflows.
Lastly, write yourself a bonus list. I find this one the most fun to write. These are the tasks that if you got to them, it would be considered stepping ahead of your goals. Be specific here to help guide the process.
What small elements would boost your current progress to the next level?
These 3 lists combined will not only gain you traction on the current momentum, but they’ll also greatly ease your mind when away from the office.
2. You’ll be healthier
If you don’t take the time off to relax and unwind, you are putting yourself at risk of becoming overly stressed. We all know stress has negative implications for your health with outcomes such as high blood pressure, heart disease, and depression.
It’s important to look after yourself, as well as your workload.
With an increase in spending and pressure of family, it can be easy to lose focus on your self-care needs at this time of year.
Now is a great time to use those massage gift certificates or max out the annual health benefits package. Book the acupuncture, check-in with the chiropractor, make the time for a little pampering.
3. Quality time with loved ones
Chances are that if you’re working long hours, you don’t get to spend as much time with your loved ones as you’d like to.
By taking this annual leave from work, you set time aside to connect and appreciate, whether it be at home or on a trip together. Spending time with your friends and family may be just what you need to unwind and improve your mood after a stressful period at work.
4. Work-Life balance is important
If a good work-life balance is not met in your job, it’s likely that you will start to build negative feelings towards work or your employer. In order to be happy at work and maintain the drive to work to the best of your ability, it’s important for you to balance work and your personal life.
There is so much to do and see in the world, which just isn’t going to happen from the confines of your office. Take a break and experience new things, or you may regret it later.
If you’ve been meaning to take up a new hobby, this could be your chance to give it a go and you never know, it may even open doors to new opportunities in the future. Step away from the computer and go enjoy yourself over the holidays!
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