And the Season of Distraction begins …
You know you're not concentrating on work right now. Sure, you might be physically at your desk (or other work station), but your mind is elsewhere.
If you're a legislator, this causes little trouble for you because, hey, you've got only five or six (depending upon whether you're in the House or the Senate) session days left this year.
If you're another type of government employee, well, you're not quite as lucky as the legislators.
And if you're working at a nonprofit, this is probably the season when you need to be most on your game, because I'll bet you have a huge campaign running that will draw in the large chunk of donations that will sustain your efforts during 2014. So being distracted during this time is probably a bigger problem for you.
But let's face it: We've all got a lot going on right now. Regardless of which holidays you celebrate (or whether you celebrate any at all), we're all multitasking mentally (Should I have taken the turkey out of the freezer to thaw already? Do we buy aunt-and-uncle gifts for kids on that side of the family, or do the kids just exchange gifts? Oh, and DON'T FORGET TO PICK UP CRANBERRY SAUCE ON THE WAY HOME), if not physically (holiday shopping during the lunch hour, anyone?).
So here's my gift to you: I've compiled links to a few resources that can help you not only assess the effects of holiday stress and distraction on your — and your employees' — work but also offer strategies to minimize those effects.
• ResourceNation.com: How to keep focused at work around the holidays
• Lifehack.org: How to stay productive during the winter holidays
• Philly.com: How to stay productive during the holidays
• The New York Times: Distracted? It's time to hit the reset button