3 year-end tips for a work from home professional

It’s that time of year when the holiday season is at your doorstep, and as eager as you may be to welcome it with open arms, you know that you still have lots to wrap up and a host of deadlines to meet before you can plunge into the vacation mood. For a work from home professional, juggling family, social and professional engagements can get particularly challenging as you approach the year end. There are plenty of things on your mind from planning the impending festivities, to the shopping, to maybe even travel arrangements, so ensuring that you are on top of your game on the work front can be quite a difficult task.

If you are a work from home professional who loves to plan ahead, here are some valuable tips to help you stay focused and organized during the last two months of 2018.


Make a clear distinction between your work and social commitments

As a work from home professional you are probably already adept at separating personal and work responsibilities, however with the fast approaching holiday season, you may find your mind getting easily distracted. The best way to tackle this is to earmark your work hours. Once you have fixed your schedule, make it a point to shut your mind to any diversions. Instruct your family members to keep away from your work area during your working hours so as to allow you to concentrate without interruptions.

Resist the temptation to let your mind wander as you begin to day dream about the upcoming holidays. Remove from sight any object that might trigger the distraction – it could be a photo or even a fidget spinner. Be strict with yourself so that you can give a hundred percent attention to your work.


Set clear daily, weekly and monthly targets

An effective method of making optimal use of your time is to assign yourself a daily target that steadily moves you towards accomplishing your weekly and monthly goals. This means that you need to organise your work into smaller pieces that are achievable in a day. Make it a point to follow this daily work time-table without any excuses or exceptions. You may promise yourself a little treat upon achieving your target at the end of each day if it helps you remain better motivated and disciplined. Now all you have to do is maintain the same pace and schedule – and voilà you will beat the deadlines in good time before the year ends.


Avoid having more on your plate than you can chew – don’t over commit

Although its usually a good idea to show initiative and enthusiasm at work by volunteering to take on greater responsibilities, this may not be the best time to do that. Try not to overwhelm yourself by unnecessarily increasing your workload and commit only to what is reasonable, especially keeping in mind the hectic holiday preparations. You can always get back to your work with twice the zeal when you return to your desk in the fresh new year.

The trick is discipline, balance and restraint – the three magic words that will see you safely through your professional commitments during this exciting but crucial year end phase.


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