It’s the time of the year for vacation days and holiday parties. But as experienced Sacramento executive recruiters, Pacific ExecSearch knows it can also be the time of year that’s most difficult to stay productive at work. How can you both enjoy the season – and get your job done? Here are some tips to help you:

#1: Get organized.

It’s easy to get overwhelmed during the holidays. To help you stay on task, it’s important to get organized. Make a list of “to-do’s” and prioritize each one. Some will be absolutely essential, while others might just be nice to cross off your list. Once you know what you have to do, create a workback schedule for getting the tasks done. When you define your tasks and have a schedule to stick to, it will be far easier to work through them.

#2: Set realistic expectations.

Some times of the year are simply busier than others. So if you know your schedule will be jam packed in the next few weeks, then take steps to set realistic expectations for yourself and those around you. For example, set up an email notification letting people know you’re in meetings all day, so you’ll get back to them within 24 hours.

#3: Remain focused.

The holidays are full of distractions, making it hard to get work done. So if you need to, close your office door, or decide to only check your email twice a day. It’s up to you to carve out time at work that’s free from holiday activities – so you can get your job done.

#4: Don’t be afraid to get help.

Be sure to ask for help when you need it. If you’re feeling stressed and know a co-worker could more efficiently finish off a task, delegate it to them (if they’re willing to take it on).

#5: Set boundaries.

It’s important to not only be realistic with others, but with yourself as well regarding what you can take on. In other words, know when to say “no.” If your schedule is beyond busy, then politely turn down new requests. Taking them on will just stress you out and make you less productive.

#6: Take advantage of break time.

You’re going to burn out if you don’t take breaks. Even just a 10- or 15-minute break can work wonders on your mental health. So even though you’ve got a lot to get done, don’t neglect yourself or your health in the process.

Is one of your “to do’s” this holiday season finding a new job? Let Pacific Staffing help. As experienced Sacramento executive recruiters, our professionals can help you find the opportunity you’ve been searching for. Contact us today to learn more.