Tips to finish the year productively and stress-free


The end of the year is just around the corner. End of year celebrations ramp up, time off with friends and family is coming up. This usually triggers a ramping up in getting e-v-e-r-y-t-h-i-n-g done before you finish out the year.

If you a prone to trying to this, the get it all done before you go on leave frenzy, you’re not alone. I’m currently getting calls from clients to help manage these few weeks up to December 31st.

Here are some tips to help you survive these last weeks so you can go on leave without wasting the first few days recovering from burn out, stress and exhaustion. Let’s face it, Christmas, school holidays and end of year parties can already be a source of stress for many people, trying to get ‘everything’ done as well is just unhealthy and could actually be counter-intuitive to being productive.


  1. Review your current workload and priorities the most important work first.
  2. Move tasks and projects that can wait to a new 2019 list, these can be prioritised next year when you get back.
  3. Be mindful to tackle your important work over others urgent – especially if you really do not need to react to others. This is not about being disrespectful, it’s about holding clear boundaries. You can always offer to help later or recommend other, more appropriate people to help.
  4. Bring your due dates forward: for example, if your leave starts on a Thursday, make everything due on Wednesday. Work as though the important tasks and projects are due on that Wednesday. This creates space for emergencies and it means the Thursday is spent less stressful. That Thursday could allow for more social time with colleagues; or you could clean your desk/office/workspace so it is welcoming when you return in the new year.

I’d love to know your thoughts on this…


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