How to Plan Ahead for Your Work and Get Organised for the Christmas Holidays
With the holidays rapidly approaching, this is often a time when many organisations and people are at their busiest, both at home and at work.
There are often demands from clients and customers to complete projects and orders, and you, no doubt, will also be very busy personally. Whilst this can be a wonderful time of the year, it can also be a very stressful one. Here, at ‘Ordered’, we are busy preparing for this special time of year, and we thought that we would share some of our experiences in getting ready for the Christmas holidays, and to get on top of your workload.
First, and foremost, plan ahead, and get things organised! There is a great sense of achievement in knowing that you will be one (or hopefully even more than one) step ahead once the holidays are over, rather than spending this special time worrying about the things which you still need to do at work.
Secondly, here are a few tips to help you through the festive season!
- Clean up your mail boxes
If you have unwanted mail ensure that these are deleted. Categorise your work mailboxes, and ensure that each item of mail is placed in the correct category.
- Do you have any projects which have not been completed this year?
If so, identify these, and give thought as to how you are going to prioritise and organise these in the New Year.
If you are waiting to hear back from third parties, then chase them up before the holidays If you are due to revert to somebody regarding a project, drop them a note telling them that you are aware of the matter and that you will be attending to it – and when. This will reassure your customers and clients that you are aware that the matter is outstanding and that you have diarised a time within which you will be addressing the matter. Another advantage is that it will also reduce chasing emails to your inbox whilst you are away from the office.
- Give your work space a good tidy up
Are there any papers that can be disposed of? Should documents be transferred into digital media or scanned to your computer? If you have unwanted stationery or machinery, ensure that these are disposed of, so as not to clutter up your work space. By doing this before the holidays, you will be able to return to a neat, tidy and organised work environment when you return to work.
- When the holidays commence, ensure that you have a tidy desk and work space
When you return to your tasks in the New Year, it will be much more encouraging knowing that everything is organised, and that you can focus on the tasks which need attending to, rather than reviewing your in-tray to remind yourself of what needs doing. Consider making a list of your priorities for when you return. Remember that a tidy desk is a tidy mind!
- Don’t forget the all-important Christmas decorations,
which lifts all of our moods – and good luck with the fairy lights!
Please do not hesitate to contact us at ‘Ordered’, if our services may be of interest to you.
Finally, may we take this opportunity to wish you a very Merry Christmas, and enjoy the holidays!