5 Ways to Manage Your Workload in the Run-Up to Christmas

5 Ways to Manage Your Workload in the Run-Up to Christmas

Christmas time always creeps around faster than expected, the month of December seems to come and go in the blink of an eye. You decide to check over that list of things to do before the end of the year and instead of ticking off your workload, you realise you have far more left to do than you expected right before your Christmas break! Don’t worry, in order to keep you stress-free this year, here are 5 ways to manage your workload in the run-up to Christmas.

1. Focus on what’s urgent

Work list at Christmas to manage your workload

Make a list of duties you can realistically get done before Christmas. Focus on the urgent tasks and do them one at a time so you can tick them off with satisfaction as soon as they are done. There is no point in keeping items on your list that will take far too long and that are not even urgent in the first place. Can they wait until the new year? Only list the most urgent items and focus on them.

2. Decorate your workspace

Decorate that desk to get in the festive spirit! This will bring your mood up and make your desk look super pretty too. Everyone in the office will be jealous of your decorative display. Why not pop on some Christmas tunes too to create a cheerful atmosphere? You’ll be dancing and ticking off that work list in no time at all.

3. Call on helpers

Helping co-worker at Christmas to manage workload

If you are taking on too much, call on helpers. It is not just Santa who needs helpers. Spread the load and if there is something someone else can help with, then why not ask them, I am sure they would be happy to help. It is Christmas after all!

4. Time off work scheme

It is always good to avail of any time off work schemes with your employer during the run-up to Christmas and over the Christmas period. At Recruit Island, everyone is looked after and has the support they need. To ease the stress of life over Christmas, Balance Time was created which is a flexible time currency for everyone in Recruit Island to cater to important non-work commitments as and when they arise. It will help you balance your time over the Christmas period, one of the busiest times of the year. This means if you have an appointment, Christmas shopping, or a favour that you need to fulfill during the working day, Balance Time can be used. You essentially take the time needed but you make back that time within 1 week (or as specified by your manager). Balance Time is intended for sporadic work/life conflicts that occur.

5. Take a break and eat that mince pie staring at you

Work Christmas coffee to manage your workload

Without regular breaks it is difficult to stay focused as our brains get tired and we tend to lose concentration. It is important to take regular breaks to refresh. Why not eat that mince pie that is staring at you and make a nice cup of tea to gather your thoughts before your next item is ticked off.

So be sure to follow our above steps and you’ll soon be singing out the door with that list ticked off, ready for those Christmas ho ho ho holidays!

From all of us here at Recruit Island, Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year!

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Innovative Ideas – Have Your Say

So what is innovation………..

‘Executing an idea which addresses a specific challenge and achieves value for both the company and customer’

An innovative idea does not have to be new/inventive or technology related, it can be something that simply improves a work process, takes out steps that are not required or adds to a positive company culture.

How to get involved:

The quarterly meetings are one way to get involved in innovation – an opportunity to discuss ideas, offer suggestions and brainstorm ideas with like minded colleagues. We appreciate that getting cover, being out of the office, working in the evenings/ weekends etc can be an issue for some staff so in addition to the meetings we also have other ways for you to be involved :

  • Log into The Dock with your username and password (If you do not have a username please contact Davey on [email protected])
  • Click on the tile for Innovative Ideas
  • You will see our post titled Innovative Ideas – Have Your Say
  • Click on the Read More button to open the post
  • Scroll down to the bottom of this post to the comments section
  • Here you can submit your innovative idea by simply leaving a comment
  • Staff visitors to the post can then Up-Vote or Down-Vote the different innovative ideas submitted by colleagues by clicking the black Up or Down arrows at the top of each comment/idea
  • Once per quarter the Innovation team will meet and discuss with the management team the feasibility of all ideas
  • Amy and Eimear will be touring the offices with the GPTW promoting innnovation and gathering ideas from around the country
  • Innovation Champions – looking for staff within teams or regions to bring ideas forward on behalf of others
  • Alternatively If you have an idea but would like to submit it anonymously or an area that you think we can develop, remove/replace, come up with a better process you can send it to [email protected]
  • There is no commitment to meetings or follow through, you are experts in your own areas and we need your ideas and suggestions to improve your work processes. You are valved as team members and want your input into how we can make this an even better GPTW.

Next Innovation meeting on Tuesday 16th April 2019.

Any questions, give Ciara or Sammy a shout.

Comment below any innovative ideas you may have to make our workplace a better place. Each quarter the innovation team will discuss all ideas and comments with the management team.