How to Stay Motivated at Work During the Holidays

It’s the most wonderful time of the year full of  parties for hosting and marshmallows for toasting, but there is also the stress of getting everything on your to-do list done and the pull of spending time with family and friends. So, as the lights go up around town, morale in the office could come down. To stay motivated while at work or to keep your staff motivated during the holidays, here are our top five tips.


  1. Set Goals and Make Lists

Each year it seems like the holiday season sneaks up on us. To avoid cramming everything in at the last minute, experts suggest making to-do lists and setting goals. By making a to-do list, you are able to use your time more wisely and plan ahead. You won’t waste time thinking about what else needs to be done or wondering if you’ve forgotten to do something. In addition, setting small but obtainable goals will help keep you and/or employees on task at work.

  1. Leave Your Work at the Office

“We all have family obligations during the holiday season. When at the office try to set clear and reasonable goals for what you want to accomplish while at the office and be sure to commit to a hard break,” says Michael Woodward, author of The YOU Plan. “The idea is to use your motivation for getting out the door on time as a way to fight off those tempting distractions.”


  1. Take Care of Yourself

This time of year, it is easy to get lost in the hustle and bustle and we are more prone to think about others before we take care of ourselves. Make sure to get enough sleep and substitute one of those cups of coffee with a glass of water.

According to Truelemon, “Winter or summer, dehydration can cause exhaustion, muscle fatigue, cramps, loss of coordination and even a stroke. When dehydrated, you can also become more susceptible to winter colds and flu.”

  1. Spread the Love

In the office, this is a great time to show your gratitude towards superiors and co-workers. “In workplace culture, the power of thanks is too often overlooked,” says Eric Mosley, CEO, Globoforce, an employee recognition company. “When employees are thanked for a job well done, they are motivated and inspired to do great work; they are driven to surpass company goals; and they are happier and more committed to their employer,” he says.

Other ideas to show your appreciation may include a handwritten card or free holiday treats.

  1. Remember What the Holidays are All About

At the end of the day, step back and remember what the holidays are really about. Take a minute to breathe, appreciate what you’ve been given and enjoy the time you have with loved ones.