Staying on top of things during the holidays is always difficult, especially when you own a business or are in a profession where this time of year is the busiest. It seems there’s always a long to-do list in both halves of your life–work and personal--and never enough time to get them both taken care of. Traveling can exacerbate things, cutting into your work time and taking you away from friends and family simultaneously.
It’s important to come prepared when the holidays roll around and to get organised, which will allow you to make the most of your time. Here are a few tips on how to do just that.
It’s in the bag
If you’re traveling a lot–or work from both home and office–it’s imperative to have a good bag. A large, flat messenger bag with several pockets will work wonders for keeping you organised and will be easy to travel with.
There’s an app for that
Don’t rely on your own memory to help you get through the busiest time of the year; look for apps for your smartphone or tablet that will help you be as productive as possible. You can also get some assistance with your downtime, too; check out Pocket, which will save any article or other reading material you find on the web so you can read it later (like when you’re stuck in the airport). Bonus: you don’t need an internet connection to read saved items.
You likely carry around a laptop and phone at the very least, and those need juice to keep going, so it’s a good idea to invest in a portable battery charger. Being stuck with a low battery during an important meeting or phone call can ruin your day (at the very least).
The Sound Of Silence
Traveling can be a noisy undertaking, especially during the holidays when every place you go is crowded. Take along earplugs or noise-reduction headphones to ensure you’ll be able to concentrate on what you’re doing, or just to be able to take a timeout for a few minutes. Having the luxury of being able to block out the sounds of a busy airport or train will help you relax, focus, and stay on top of things.
Take your vitamins
The holidays are no fun when you’re sick, so make sure you’re getting enough essential vitamins and bundle up during cold weather. Traveling can put you in a situation with a lot of germs, so ask for orange or vegetable juice on the plane and keep a small bottle of hand sanitiser with you just in case.
Get your priorities straight
It’s okay to say no sometimes. When you have a lot going on and someone asks for more of your time than you can give, be straight with them and let them know you just can’t do it. Prioritise as much as possible and keep the most important tasks at the top of your list so you’ll always know what needs to be done and where your time constraints lie.
This guest blog was written for Smiley by Julie Morris, an experienced professional Life & Career coach from Delaware, USA.