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During the end of the year, productivity can start to take a toll if you’re not focused. Holiday commitments can be distracting. PTO plans can be disruptive. And the stress that inevitably comes with the end of year rush can be distressing. But it is possible to maintain a balanced life and stay productive at work amidst the rush of the holidays without turning into a total Scrooge.

Here are several ideas to help you maintain balance, enjoy the festive season, and stay on point at work.

Embrace the Season

If you dread the sound of holiday music before it even starts playing (as early as October in some cases), you are certainly not alone. From the mad rush of Black Friday to the near-constant barrage of holiday-themed advertising, it’s easy to get burned out on all the holly and jolly celebrations. While plenty of people seem perfectly able to get into the holiday spirit, there are plenty of reasons why the holidays can cause so much stress.

Spending time with family who may not get along and dancing around social niceties while you run into old acquaintances and neighbors out of a sense of social obligation can be trying, even for the most patient types. In addition to the need to be social and jolly for two long months, coming up with and purchasing creative gifts that tell your loved ones exactly what they mean to you adds an extra layer of financial stress to the holidays. The pressure alone to buy a nice present for every one of your family members is enough to make some want to hibernate through the holiday season. And of course, holiday travel is its own special brand of torture. But there is a reason this time of year is considered special by so many. Find what makes it special to you and your family, and lean into those memorable moments without letting them take over your entire life to help you stay balanced through the holiday season.

Do More with Less

It’s easy enough to avoid holiday burnout by merely reducing your commitments. The holidays can get bogged down in too many parties, too much food, too many decorations, and too much traveling. Work stresses on top of that are compounded by vacations and planned absences that can be a real strain on the team. But if you want to simplify your holiday season quickly, keep these three ideas in mind: decorate less, shop less, and travel less. These are some of the highest tension inducing holiday activities. Reduce your stress level by actively reducing your holiday commitments. Once you can pare down and focus on the activities and people that are most important to you, you’ll be able to relax a bit and enjoy the holidays while still showing up 100% at work.

Be Intentional with Your Time

In a rush to do everything possible to celebrate, it’s very easy to forget why we bother. Depending on what holidays you celebrate and what your family or cultural traditions are, meaning is different from person to person. But that certainly doesn’t mean there isn’t meaning. Remember that in order to get everything done, you need to be very intentional with your time, both at home and at work. Know what’s most important to you and your family during the holidays. Prioritize what needs to be done now and what can wait for the new year. For most of us, the holidays are about spending time with the people who are important to us, coming together and being thankful for all that we have, and celebrating the conclusion and beginning of another year. Keep those thoughts in mind when things get stressful and when life seems more hectic than it should be.

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