Eid is almost here, signaling the start of the holiday season. At this time, it’s easy to lose focus as to-do lists grow and time diminishes. Managing work means trying to strike a fine balance between fewer staff, additional workloads, reduced productivity and unflinching deadlines.
Here are 6 tips to ensure that everything stays on track and you can wrap up work before Eid celebrations.
PrioritizeIt gets tough to keep your focus on things at this time of the year. Instead of making a general to-do list, prioritize work and create a top-down to-do list. Revise this list as you go along so that you can slot new work and ensure that you never miss a deadline.
Delegate and communicateEnsure that you delegate things to the right people to ensure that they are done correctly and on time. Communication is extremely important when it comes to delegation; calling a meeting a few days before the holidays will get everyone on the same page about task allocation.
Set deadlines Setting deadlines will help everyone prioritise work and know how to balance new tasks with their existing workload. It’s important to write your deadline on a calendar or somewhere that you can see on a regular basis. The idea is not to lose sight of your goal and deadline.
Get outside support If it seems like things might get out of hand, consider hiring a set of freelancers that have the skills needed to take on specific work. An extra set of hands will ensure that you can scale up when you need and deliver on time.
Keep customers informedIt may be festival time in this part of the world but it may not be so for your clients and customers. Be open and honest with them about the fact that a few team members will be on leave. Make sure you communicate the processes you have put in place to ensure that output isn’t affected.
Family is importantIt’s difficult to switch off in the digital age but it is also important to take time out for your family during the festive season. Try and get out of the office on time and get involved in the spirit of things once home.
The trick lies in finding a balance!
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