4 Things You Should Action At Work Before Christmas

4 Things You Should Action At Work Before Christmas


At this time of year, we often find ourselves thinking, “How in the world is it December already?” For many, the year has flown and there are a number of tasks at work that have not yet been completed. Whether you work in a large-scale office or you own your own small business, it is important to take some time off at Christmas to rejuvenate. To do so, you must leave the workplace feeling accomplished and prepared for the following year. See below for a list of tasks you should action at work before this year’s Christmas break.

1. Clean out your inbox

Before heading off on Christmas holidays, it’s important to tidy your inbox in an organised manner. While it is likely that there will be emails that need to be actioned next year, the majority should be able to be filed, marked as a reminder or deleted. You will be surprised how satisfying a de-cluttered inbox will feel – as Adrienne Erin describes it, “mess equals stress”.

2. Touch base with key contacts

Whether you’re in sales, management or finance – chances are there will be contacts that will continue to work over Christmas. Before going on your break, it is important to touch base with those who you suspect may need to get in contact during that time. The last thing you want is your phone constantly ringing, so a simple email or call will fix that. While some things may be urgent and cannot wait, at least all key contacts will know not to call unless it is a priority.

3. Create goals for the following year

As the year draws to a close, it is a great time to analyse business goals for the year and note what could be improved on for next year. While you may be feeling burnt out and ready for a break, this is a good opportunity to identify current weaknesses that exist. Take the chance to sit down with your team and discuss the priorities for next year. Not only will writing these goals down ensure that the new year starts on the right track, it will also spark a great team discussion and allow people to express their feelings about the year.

4. Tidy your desk

All too often we allow our working environment to become messy and unorganised.  When we work in a cluttered space, it can significantly impact productivity levels. Before Christmas, set aside an hour or so to go through unnecessary paperwork, stationery and items that are on your desk. It is important to also clean your desk with disinfectant to eliminate any bacteria that are living in the space. Upon returning after Christmas, you should arrive at your desk feeling much more relaxed.

What do you think?

Can you suggest any other items to add to this list? Each person will have a number of priorities to action at work before going on Christmas break, but I’d be interested to learn what is at the top of your list. Comment your views below to join the AIB conversation.

This article was written by Laura Hutton on behalf of the Australian Institute of Business. All opinions are that of the writer and do not necessarily reflect the opinion of AIB. The following sources were used to compile this article: Online Career Tips

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