Between finalizing end-of-year reports and staying upbeat in the cold, it can be challenging to remain productive at work during the holidays. On the other hand, this is the perfect time of year to reflect and redirect your efforts, start working toward making next year better than ever, and, of course, end this year with a bang. Here are a few tips to help keep you on track:
No, not New Year Resolutions, goals to accomplish before the end of the year. It’s easy to get wrapped up thinking about the holidays and what next year will hold. So set yourself one or two manageable goals that you can accomplish before 2016 hits. Having specific tasks to complete will help keep you focused and prevent an end-of-year slump. You could order your Inspire Catalogs, or schedule a One-on-One Session with a SAGE support specialist, just to name a few!
2. Don’t Beat Yourself Up
Even worse than being overwhelmed by the looming New Year is focusing on things that didn’t get accomplished this year. Did you miss deadlines for projects? Or never finish reading the book on your nightstand? Schedule a block of time to review the challenges that prevented you from meeting some of your goals over the past year. Make notes of the things you can improve on, and let the rest go. As playwright Samuel Beckett said, “Try again. Fail Again. Fail better.” Give yourself a break and begin 2016 with a fresh slate.
3. Make Updates
Gather up any straggling business cards and contact information you’ve accumulated this year and make sure your SAGE CRM tool is up-to-date. Scan any relevant documents and get rid of the clutter on your desk. While you’re in the CRM, go ahead and schedule tasks and follow-ups to stay in touch with clients in the New Year. Now you can relax and know that no one is going to get lost in the holiday haze.
4. Get a Gold Star
Imagine that you’re standing in front of your coworkers, family, or friends. They’re about to hand you a Certificate for Excellence for 2015! What is the award for? Reflect on the past year and write down your favorite accomplishments. Maybe you made a million dollars in sales. Or did you bake the best apple pie of your life? No matter what it was, remembering your successes is the best way to pump yourself up for another year of greatness.
5. Renew Project Management
Many people resolve to get organized in the next year. Don’t wait until January 1 to figure out how to get started. Research new project management tools to implement in your personal life or in the office. Todoist and Wunderlist are popular options. Download a few free trials and find a system that you think will help you be more productive in the future. You’ll have more momentum if you can hit the ground running.
How do you stay productive in December?
Leave a comment below telling us how you are using SAGE products to accomplish your end-of-year goals. If you need help with ideas, get in touch with one of our account executives to learn more about utilizing SAGE products in the New Year!