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Staying focused at the office during the holidays

Jonathan Cronstedt shares his tips on how to keep the holiday spirit from completely taking over

“Lack of direction, not lack of time, is the problem. We all have 24-hour days.”

–Zig Ziglar

With the passing of Thanksgiving, the holiday season is in full swing. From now until mid-January, I, like many, have a full calendar of events – not to mention the running list of all the people I need to shop for gifts for and all the traveling I’m going to be doing. It’s no wonder that many people feel overwhelmed this time of year and find it difficult to stay focused on their work.

Many people feel they don’t have enough time to complete tasks this time of year, but I happen to agree with Zig Ziglar. Our time frame hasn’t changed; it’s that with everything on our minds, we lose our direction and focus.

I’ve compiled a list of tips that will help you remain focused on your work and keep yourself headed in the right direction.

  • Clear your mind. Write down all of the lists you have floating around your mind. Put everything you need to remember on paper. Once those lists and items are no longer taking up mental space, it will be easier to focus on your work-related tasks.
  • Make priorities. Prioritize according to your deadlines. This is an especially crucial step if you plan on taking time for a vacation. You want to be sure you don’t have any loose ends hanging while you’re out of the office.
  • Don’t overbook yourself. Allow yourself to say no to an invitation. Don’t feel guilty if you aren’t able (or willing) to attend everything. It’s vital you have time to recharge yourself.
  • Take care of yourself physically. Don’t skip your time at the gym! Not only is it a good habit to maintain, but spending time at the gym is a great stress reliever.
  • Avoid multitasking. Don’t try to start your holiday shopping on your lunch break. It will only leave you more stressed out and frazzled.

When all else fails, don’t be afraid to allow your mind to wander for a few minutes. Give yourself five minutes to think about something other than work. Let your mind wander over your to-do list or to an event you’re looking foward to. Once your five minutes are up, put it out of your mind and move on with your work day.

The most important thing to remember is what the holiday season is all about: spending time with those most important to you, being thankful for what you have and giving to those less fortunate.

What’s your favorite way to keep your focus during the busy times?


Jonathan Cronstedt is the CEO of Empower Network, LLC. Empower Network is a leading affiliate marketing and direct sales company that’s helping tens of thousands enjoy the “Empowered Lifestyle.” Jonathan enjoys travel, spending time with his wife and red wine.

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