Managing Workload and Priorities During the Holidays

Workplace Wellbeing
December 9, 2023
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As the year draws to a close and the holiday season approaches, there is a unique blend of anticipation and deadlines in the air. 

For many of us in the professional realm, this time of year often signifies a final sprint to wrap up projects, tie up loose ends, and ensure a smooth transition into well-deserved time off. 

Discover strategies that go beyond task lists and time management, helping you foster connections, build a sense of community, and make this season not just productive but profoundly fulfilling.


Techniques to Manage Workload During the Holidays

Allocate Time Intervals:

  • Allocate specific blocks of time for work, personal commitments, and relaxation during the holidays. This can help you maintain a balance between professional and personal responsibilities.

Communicate Expectations:

  • The holidays are a busy time for the whole team. If you’re working with a team or clients, communicate clearly about your holiday availability and set realistic expectations for response times. Let them know in advance about any potential delays.

Learn to Say No:

  • It’s okay to decline additional tasks or commitments if you’re already stretched thin during this busy time. Be mindful of your limitations and avoid overcommitting.


  • Prioritize self-care to maintain your physical and mental wellbeing. Get enough sleep, exercise, and practice stress-reducing activities to stay healthy and focused.


How to Weave Community into Work During the Holidays

Combine Work and Festivities:

  • If possible, find ways to combine work and holiday festivities. For example, you could organize a team-building event or celebrate achievements together. Liberate wellness events are a great option.

Use Your Communication Channels:

  • Send happy holiday wishes to your co-workers using messaging channels or during team meetings, town halls, and other forums where employees can share ideas, concerns, or updates. 

Recognition and Appreciation:

  • Acknowledge and appreciate the efforts and achievements of individuals and teams during this busy time. This can be formal through awards or informal through shout-outs in meetings. This helps build a positive and supportive atmosphere.

Wellbeing Programs:

  • Implement a wellness program for the holiday season or new year that focuses on the mental and social wellbeing of employees. Check out program options here.  

Thank you for reading. We hope that you discovered tangible tools to navigate the demands of this festive yet busy time. Effective time management, the power of delegation, and connection with your team are now at your fingertips, ready to empower your workdays.

Here’s to a season of fruitful accomplishments, strengthened connections, and a shared sense of achievement. Wishing you a joyful and productive holiday season!

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