You have succeeded every year: get your work done before the holidays. Okay, every time it is fixed firmly, but then you also have something. Then you can close the door behind you with confidence and start enjoying your well-earned rest.
But this year it looks bleak. You have more work than ever before and it seems that something is added instead of going off every day. How could you ever have planned your vacation so stupidly? And why have you still not structured your work better?
Putting your head in the sand or getting stressed out doesn’t help. What does help is a smart approach? So here are ten tips to keep a cool head.
1 Stop self-blame
Blaming yourself now (or having someone else do that) is a waste of your time and energy. This is not the time to worry about your unstructuredness. Or to think that your work would automatically be less in three weeks. It is as it is: lots to do, little time.
Tell clearly and in time that you are going on vacation, then others can take it into account and it will be easier to accept if you say no to new things.
3 Be creative
You can use every hour during the last working week before your holiday. So find creative solutions for the time that is likely to leak away. For example, ask yourself if you have to go to that meeting on the other side of the country in person. Can that not be dealt with by telephone?
4 Work in smart times
Skipping your breaks in a busy time seems to make a profit, but that is disappointing. You become less energetic and therefore get less finished. If you still want to spend a little extra time in your work, do so at smart moments, for example, before dawn or during an evening.
5 Create an overview
Take a moment to map out what needs to be done, you will earn it back later! If you work with GTD or another sound system, that overview will be in no time. Otherwise, you will have to sit in front of it to note down what things should happen.
6 Make a screening
Consider what you need to do before your vacation and what you can postpone. From now on you can park the pass-on things. You won’t worry about that anymore; they will be discussed in a few weeks.
7 Hang time on your tasks
Determine per task how much time you need for it. This will prevent you from spending too much time on tasks at the beginning, which will end you in trouble. Add up the total time you need and compare that with your available time. Really not enough time? Then use tips 8 and 9, for example.
8 Seek help
If nobody knows that you are short of time, they won’t help you either. In fact, they just throw more on your plate So clearly state that you are stuck and ask for help. Often there can be more than you think. A colleague who has already finished the holiday and wants to take something over.
9 Request a postponement
If you see that you are really not going to save something for your vacation, don’t wait until four o’clock on Friday afternoon. Please indicate in time that you will not make it and consult on alternatives. Sometimes things are much less urgent than expected.
10 Getting started
You have done the preliminary work. Now the real work comes! Get started decisively, stay focused, stick to the planned time (and pauses!) And amazed to see the enormous productivity you have again this year. If it is more difficult than planned use one of the tips again.…