Holiday Jet Lag

Holiday Jet Lag

The first thing to get you back in the work game is to get yourself organized.

After a wonderful rest at the end of December, getting back to work in January can feel like a struggle. But the beginning of the year is the time when your job probably starts to pick up, and so your productivity needs to pick up too.

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After a holiday, you probably have a lot of emails.

  • Instead of trying to get to inbox zero on the first day, create three email labels: Need an answer today, Need an answer this week, Probably deletable.
  • Using the subject line alone, filter all the emails into these three folders, then only focus on the first folder today.

It is a simple task that will make you feel motivated.

  • List all your to-dos for this month and sort them by urgency.
  • Then decide how you'll spend 'today'.
  • Focus on one to three big tasks and keep the rest for later in the week.
  • Try to re-schedule meetings on your calendar for later in the week.
  • If the meeting is urgent, try starting the conversation over email.
  • Make sure you are taking lots of breaks throughout the day. The easier the first day is, the easier it will be to get through the rest of the week.

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  • Procrastinating on tasks—both small, nagging ones and large, challenging ones
  • Boring work that needs just to get done
  • Responding to email and other messages while working
  • Staying motivated and energized throughout the entire work day
  • Focusing and finishing the most important projects on their plates
  1. Focus on most important tasks first
  2. Cultivate deep work
  3. Keep a distraction list to stay focused
  4. Use the Eisenhower Matrix to identify long-term priorities
  5. Use the 80/20 rule
  6. Break tasks into smaller pieces
  7. Take breaks
  8. Make fewer decisions
  9. Eliminate inefficient communication
  10. Find repeatable shortcuts
  11. Learn from successes as well as mistakes
  12. Plan for when things go wrong
  13. Work before you get motivated or inspired
  14. Don’t multitask
  15. Fill the tank — recharge
  16. Sharpen the axe
  17. Manage your energy (not just time)
  18. Get better at saying “no”

Laura Earnest of Whole Life Productivity  had this to say on the importance of prioritization as a productivity habit:

“Let me say that I distinguish between efficient and effective, but that both are needed for peak productivity. Efficient is doing things right and effective is doing the right things. So the most productive people work on the high value tasks, making sure that how they are doing those tasks is the best way.

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2. Cut out distractions

Eliminate as much as unnecessary distractions as possible. While working, put the phone on aeroplane mode or if feasible, keep the phone in another room. James Clear, the author of Atomic Habits calls this as priming the environment as to boost productivity.

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  • Today’s retail environment is omnichannel. Shoppers are just as likely – if not more so – to buy stuff at home on their smartphones or laptops than drive to the nearest mall to seek the best deals in person.
  • The decline of brick-and-mortar retail is devastating the lower and middle echelons of the suburban shopping center market and threatens to deal a last dealt a death blow to the downtown department store model.
  • Black Friday now happens when, where, and how consumers choose. It’s also happening earlier than ever, with “Black Friday” deals appearing as early as Halloween.

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