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Tips To Stay On Top Of Your Work During The Holiday Season

First Posted: 11/29/11 08:47 AM ET   Updated: 11/29/11 10:37 AM ET

Let's face it: Work-life balance can feel like a traffic collision even at the best of times. During the holidays, it's more like a 10-car pileup. With year-end deadlines at the office and decorating, gift-buying and cookie swapping deadlines at home -- not to mention pushy crowds, tight budgets and that cheerful piped-in holiday Muzak everywhere -- it's no wonder the most wonderful time of the year can feel pretty stressful. Over at The Grindstone, Lindsay Cross offers some helpful tips to stay on top of your workload during the hectic holiday season, a few of which we've highlighted below. Click over to The Grindstone for the full list. So let's kick off the discussion: In this season of cheer, what do you do to manage work and family obligations without losing your mind?


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  • Procrastinate!

    Yes, you heard that right: Unless a work project absolutely has to be launched before year-end, take it off your to-do list and push it into January, Cross advises. You may be eager to dive in now, but you're better off waiting until you have the bandwidth to give it your full attention.

  • Treat Holiday Plans Like Business Plans

    Cross suggests tackling the season with a business mindset. Equip yourself with detailed schedules, completed prep-lists and a budget (and list!) for gift-purchasing.

  • Give Yourself A Break

    Between shopping, decorating, working and socializing on what would typically be down time, it's easy to burn out before Christmas even arrives. Schedule in some down-time during the holiday bustle to recharge your batteries and reduce your stress.

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