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Manage Work/Life Stress During the Holidays

Manage Work/Life Stress During the Holidays

Todd Wheeler, Concierge Resource

With the holidays upon us, already stressful times become even more challenging. The headlines scream of economic downfall, corporate giants crumbling, jobs balancing on a thread, and expectations of Norman Rockwell holiday bliss cause great stress for even the most balanced individuals.

Concierge Resource, a life management firm providing on-site and virtual assistance to employees of hospitals and corporations, offers suggestions on managing stress between work and home during the holidays:

1. Set realistic goals – What can you actually accomplish right now? For instance, if a project depends on reaching clients, can you get through right now? Holiday and vacation schedules can make reaching clients challenging. Focus on getting done what is within your control, and, if you can, put off what you need others to help with.

2. Set up an organization plan – What needs to be done first, second, third? By organizing your goals into a plan, you have more control over the timing and the involvement of others to get things accomplished.

3. Break big projects into smaller tasks – Instead of “buy holiday gifts for my staff,” get specific – consider “Buy scarves for women on my team, and gift cards for the guys.” Also don’t wander the mall, go with a specific purpose or item(s) in mind.

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