8 Ways to Keep Yourself Motivated During the Holiday Season

mindset Nov 26, 2018

No one quite understands what the holidays mean to those of us who have both a family and career. The planning, logistics, shopping, meal prep, and holiday shopping along with client appointments, emails, shopping for client gifts, and closing out projects before the new year.

And that's just over the Thanksgiving weekend. 

Those closest to us don’t fully understand the level of multi-tasking required to keep it all together. 

It's enough to make you want to stay in a food coma for a week or two.

The key however it find the right balance between holiday prep, relaxation, and work. Yes, there are going to be days you don’t feel like doing much of anything.

Except....enjoying the leftover stuffing and freshly baked pie!

The holidays can be overwhelming for many, but you want to guard against holiday burnout.  It's hard to reboot from this type of fatigue so keep your motivation level up throughout the season.

Try these techniques to keep your spirits up while you're "doing it all" during the holidays. 

  1. Share the load. You've heard this before....stop trying to be Wonder Woman. While you could probably do it all yourself, why should you? Consider what absolutely needs your hands on touch (in my case my wicked mac-n-cheese) and what could be passed on someone else. Enlist the help of temporary staff or hire a seasonal personal assistant for local errands, and consider a virtual assistant to help with email correspondence and phone calls. There's no shame in asking for help and lightening the load. Focusing on what you do best, will keep you fired up and motivated throughout the holiday season.
  2. Plan your time wisely. Life is short so spend your time on what matters most....your family and loved ones. You can get a lot accomplished in the days between holiday gatherings if you plan your time well which will give you time to celebrate and enjoy the season. By scheduling things you, you'll continue that forward momentum.
  3. Stick to your self-care routine. I recently introduced The Miracle Morning into my morning routine and it's made a world of difference in my daily productivity. Spending precious time alone in the morning before going about my day centers and keep me focused. I don't necessary believe the holidays are a great time to start a new routine, but they surely are the best time to stick to an established one. Set a timer to stay on track. You'll be surprised at how much better you'll manage the activities of the season.
  4. Allow for some flexibility....and forgiveness. Ok, I know this sounds contradictory to the previous suggestions, but in truth they work hand in hand. While it's important to try to stick to a routine and create a plan of action, you have to allow yourself some room for the unexpected, unanticipated and unforeseen. Remember the saying, "we plan and God laughs." When things pop up that take you off path or off schedule, learn how to roll with it and make the necessary adjustments to your previously laid out plan and schedule. It will allow you to still get things done while remaining in the holiday spirit.
  5. Take a few days off. I know it's hard to leave work at work, particularly for entrepreneurs, but if you have vacation days left on the calendar or have neglected to take a few days off this year....take the time now.  I know it can be hard to come back to work after taking time away, but it's the only way for you to refresh and recharge during the busy holiday season. Trust me, you'll come back to your work with greater insight, perspective, and joy with fresh eyes and a fresh mind.
  6. Deepen connections. Invited to a few holiday parties, gatherings, or get togethers? During the holiday season there are plenty of opportunities to meet or be reintroduced to people and to get to know them on a deeper level. This isn't about networking, it's about making connections and forging relationships. After all, that's how you truly build your career or business. Set a goal to connect with a few key people over an egg nog latte or holiday punch.
  7. Create your new year goals. If you haven't already, start creating a few short-term and long-term goals you'd like to accomplish in the first quarter of the new year. Set specific goals with purpose and intention. Only 8% of people keep their resolutions and achieve their goals because they miss this step. Going to the gym just for the heck of it or because you think it's something you should do won't cut it. However, you'll most likely go to the gym if your goal is to lose five pounds in the first quarter in order to look great for your class reunion. Setting your new year's goals will motivate you through the holiday season.
  8. Use music, books, quotes, or movies for motivation. Maybe you have a certain movie scene or song that motivates you. For someone else, it might be a favorite quote. YouTube is full of inspirational videos that only take a few minutes to watch. Start and end the day with something that inspires you to take action.

Keep in the mind the holidays are truly a time of celebration, so don't loose site of that. Success isn't only about meeting your goals and objectives, but it's also about the quality of your relationships, both with yourself and those who matter most to you.  If you follow these suggestions this holiday season you'll stay motivated and a step ahead of everyone else.

Happy Holidays!

Live, laugh and unapologetically shine!

Carol

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