Getting Career Lion Ready for the Holidays
With my operation last Monday, Friday was my last working day. Beforehand, I had to have everything at the office all straightened out. Not just my work, but also my workplace as we are all moving around with the transformation of our floor to an open office. As I was not sure how I would feel after the operation, all of my Christmas shopping also had to be done. At the end of the year, there are so many things that you would like to wrap up to start fresh in the new year. However, we only have a given amount of time and I bet none of us feel like working during the holidays. Can you use some tips to still get everything ready for the holidays? Find them on this week’s blog.
Prioritize To Do Lists
On the blog, we wrote about to do lists more than once. We are major fangirls. However, sometimes it is not just about making a list. It is more about what makes your list. This year I made multiple lists. Each one of these four has its own purpose, but all four ensure that you will be ready to leave the office peacefully and ready to take on next year’s challenges.
- Must have’s – What things need to be done this year that cannot possibly wait for 2018? Deadlines, agreements, handovers etc. I wrote down everything that I had to do before even thinking about leaving the office before the holidays.
- Nice to have’s – There are also those to do’s that appear working through your “must have’s” or in your inbox that would be great if you got done, but are not critical. There is no great business risk if you don’t get to it. Your world doesn’t collapse, but it would be a better place if you got it done. Well, these make your “nice to have’s list”.
- Flags – Interesting things or questions that you will investigate further when the opportunity presents itself, a.k.a. when you find a little breathing space. There is a lot of flagging going on in my mailboxes these days.
- Wishlist – Wishlists are not just for gift ideas for yourself. Whenever you think of a great idea that should not get your full focus at this time due to for instance time or budget constraints, add it to your “wish list”. I have one for all of my projects. Usually, excel files where I add some information in order to prioritize when the time is right.
For me, the “wish list” is a little bit more concrete than the “flag list”. All emails or topics that have not yet been investigated get a flag. After an investigation, I will know whether to forget about the subject altogether, add it to my “nice to have’s”, “wish list”, or worst case “must have’s” if it turns out the urgency of the topic was underestimated.
Examples of to do’s on my “flag list” are questions by email from colleagues that I would like to dig into a little deeper. I will need some time to see whether it is indeed something we will need to pick up after the holiday’s (“nice to have’s”), can plan on the longer term (“wishlist”), or isn’t an issue at all (my favorite!). This type of emails will be marked as non-urgent using either a priority setting my colleagues and I agreed on or a general statement at the beginning of the email. Something that can be very helpful if you have an overflowing mailbox. In a time-crunch and you are unsure about the priority, try replying to emails without a clear priority or level of urgency asking them to clarify when they will need an answer. This way you are sure to work on your “must have’s” first and enjoy a carefree holiday period.
Are you off already? Or do you have another week of stress to finish 2017 off with a bang? How did or do you plan to pull it off? Share it with us in the comment section below.