Read how a hat and a diary can help maintain your work-life balance in the run up to Christmas!5 top tips to reduce festive frazzle this christmas

December can often feel quite pressured. You want to get ahead of all your activities before you break up for the festivities, but that means your work-life balance can get a bit out of kilter and before you know it you are exhausted!
Sound familiar?
Now we have a few weeks left, I thought I would share my top tips to manage your work-life balance over the latter part of 2016. Choose what works for you, and then keep them for 2017 and beyond!
Time block
How many people carry around a mental “to do list”. A virtual list that feels never ending? Transfer you daily list between now and you leave into your diary – either paper or online – and ensure you are realistic with the time that you need to do it! This will help you be easier on yourself about what you can do in the time you have, as well as prioritise what needs to be done first.
Reduce Distractions
EVERYTHING needs to be done immediately. There is a last minute rush as people start to get a bit “demob-happy”. The key to staying in control and productive, and reducing your stress levels, is to remove distractions. If you need to work on a particular project alone, make it clear to colleagues that you aren’t to be disturbed (unless it’s urgent!). I’ve been in open plan offices where this has been shown through putting on headphones, adding something visual to a desk that everyone knows means “unavailable” or even wearing a hat! Yes, you read that right, a hat! What all these things indicated was “DO NOT DISTURB” – everyone knew and respected this.
Buffer time
It may seem obvious, but how many of you don’t give yourself time between meetings to move offices or even time to settle back after 60 minutes of minutes and agendas? Likewise, don’t cram your diary to the brim. You need a “buffer time” to allow for unexpected things!
Dinner date
If you don’t do anything else, the least I want you to do is to book out your lunch as an appointment. It is so easy when you feel busy and under pressure to sacrifice your own wellbeing. YOU NEED TO EAT. Get up and stretch your legs and eat well!
Plan, and plan some more
Give yourself 30 minutes at the end of each day to reflect on what you have achieved, and what you want and need to do the following day. Mentally declutter before you leave, and celebrating your triumphs creates a positive and success mind-set. It also ensures you don’t take up any “cognitive space” thinking about what you need to do at work when you get home!
Ultimately, you need to be gentle on yourself. As you have heard me say a thousand times, you can do anything but not everything. People want our presence not presents; want our company, not our Christmas cake!
Let me know how you are managing your work-life balance in the run-up to the festive season by joining my group The Balance Collective with Clara Wilcox.

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