The holidays often bring up feelings of stress and anxiety for many reasons. And this year, our collective anxiety might be amplified due to the current situation in the U.S. But you still need to work and stay on task in your industrial or shipyard job. So how can you stay focused during the busy holiday season? Here are a few tips to get you started.
We often hold up multitasking as a virtue, but that’s not always the case. The human brain is not designed for multitasking. Instead of doing more in less time, the result may be far less effective than you intended. When you try to multitask, you’re moving quickly between tasks, and you can easily let important details fall through the cracks. Instead, you should prioritize.
Make a Priority List
Prioritization is about determining which tasks are most important and should take your full attention. You can leave easier tasks for later when the stress of your more difficult tasks are completed. Make a list of the things you need to do on the job and at home to ensure every obligation is being met in the right time frame. Regularly review your list to make adjustments as needed.
Set Your Work/Life Boundaries
The holidays are busy. That will be the case even this year when we all feel like we’ve been forced to slow down. But that means you have to make sure that your work doesn’t bleed over into your personal life and vice versa. Set boundaries with your time, as well as your expectations. Communication with everyone will be key to ensuring that you maintain a low-stress holiday season.
Practice Self Care
However, you establish your boundaries, make sure you’re taking time for yourself this holiday season. When stress is high at work, it can impact your stress levels at home and even cause physical symptoms such as heart disease or even a stroke. Self-care may be a trendy term right now, but it’s essential. It’s not just about locking yourself away from distractions, but about how you treat yourself kindly and with compassion. Do things that make you feel good and maintain a healthy balance.