If you’re reading this, you’re probably at work on this fine Christmas Eve Eve. That sucks, even if you don’t celebrate Christmas. Regardless of your religion (or lack thereof), you’re probably surrounded by empty cubes or melancholy colleagues, both of which serve as a reminder that you’re at work. If you’re not at the office, maybe you’re perusing HR blogs as a strategy to avoid family you only see twice a year and are already getting tired of—or maybe you just LOVE HR.
If you’re in the office today, you’re in the awkward position of having to look like you’re being uber productive while having absolutely zero motivation or intention of actually getting any sh*t done. Here’s a list of 10 things you can do over the next few days to stay busy and somewhat productive:
- Clean out/re-organize your files. Sounds like a real drag, but you’ve got to do it. You’re “setting yourself up for success” for 2015. There’s no better time to sort through all the crap you’ve accumulated in the last year and do some purging.
- Draft up some goals for your employees for the new year. Chances are you’re done (or almost done) with reviewing performance. If setting new goals for the next year was not part of that process, get a jump on 2015 and get to drafting. You can even draft some goals for yourself.
- Make a 2015 project wish-list. What are the 5 things that you (or your team) could accomplish in the next year that would really be a home run?
- Read your favorite HR blogs. It’s not procrastinating; you’re just staying current on the ever-evolving realities of your industry.
- Double check that everyone was sent a holiday card. You’ve got 24 hours to figure out who slipped through the cracks, find their address, write the note and get that bad boy post-marked before Christmas. On your mark, get set, GO!
- Update your resume/LI page. You got some cool stuff done this year, right? Of course you did. Now’s a great time to make sure everything is up-to-date.
- Organize your email. Do yourself a favor by categorizing your emails or doing whatever it is that you do to make sure nothing gets missed.
- Make a fresh pot of coffee. Easy way to get bonus points if you bring in some kind of treat.
- Take an (almost free) online course. What better way to say you’ve stayed busy than with some brand spankin’ new skills to show for it?!
- Write hand-written thank you notes. You can never go wrong with this. And since no one is in the office, you can avoid the awkward card exchange where the recipient feels compelled to read it in front of you and you don’t know what to do after… do you side-hug? Do you just shake hands? Drop in on their desk and they’ll get it when they come back from vacation.
As for me, I’m going back to bed for a long winters nap—to be followed by some holiday baking + egg nog. Happy Holidays, FOTNation!
Chelsea Rowe is the Leadership Development Consultant at Kinetix, where she is charged with creating a disruptive leadership development program that turns heads. She combines the science with practical hard-knocks lessons to turn managers from cat herders to kick-ass people leaders. Connect with her on LinkedIn to start a conversation or check out her blog at www.chelsea-rowe.com.