As winter hits, temperature, hours of daylight, and productivity all drop drastically. How drastically? Well, independent research by Liisa Toompuu has shown that the biggest slowdown for both North American and European users was Christmas, when activity levels in North America dropped by 52% and in Europe by a whole 63%.
So what can you do to avoid the holiday slump? Here are 3 useful tips to keep productivity a priority.
- Organize: Lists are your friend. Using tools like calendars, task managers, and to-do lists are a great way to prioritize assignments. Having a tangible list of obligations makes it much easier for the brain to visualize what needs to get done next. Using lists is also a great way to plan out and communicate your tasks and schedule, allowing you to take time off with family and also focus work time for maximum effectiveness.
- Focus: Avoid multitasking. With gift giving just around the corner, it's easy to try to bite off more than you can chew in an attempt to take advantage of those holiday bonuses. But by concentrating on one task at a time, you will stay more focused and accomplish more.
- Relax: Don't Be Afraid to Take Time Off. This may seem counter intuitive, but taking time off has been shown to increase your effectiveness in the long run. Taking a few extra days to spend time with family and maybe take care of a little holiday shopping will not only rejuvenate and refresh the mind, but it will help break the monotony of the winter work cycle.
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