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How to Make the Most of Your Holiday Downtime

The holidays are just weeks away!

Many of us have several days off around the end of December or else have more free time at work because most business in the U.S. simply slows down at this time of year.

Recharge.

Yes, we know you’ll no doubt be doing some gift shopping, wrapping, decorating and baking, but make sure you do some things that you love. (You may love the shopping, wrapping, etc., but make sure you do things you love not related to holiday preparation.) Meet up with friends for lunch. Go for long walks in the woods, if possible. Attend a holiday concert. Buy yourself a gift you normally wouldn’t. You also may want to schedule doctor, dentist and other healthcare appointments that are hard to fit in during a hectic work week.

Reignite.

Is there a hobby you’ve been neglecting? A volunteer opportunity you’ve wanted to try? A new sport to learn (or an old one to improve)? Have you always wanted to write a novel (or start a blog), learn how to paint a stencil on a wall, perhaps sing in the choir or work behind the scenes at your local small theater? The time off during the holidays might be the chance you need to give these things a go.

Reconnect.

You love your friends, but unless you see them at work five days a week, it can be difficult to get together with them on weekends, can’t it? After all, they probably work and/or run a household and so time to get together needs to be planned. Regardless, chances are they may have some time during the holidays to get together for lunch. Or, if you’re the hosting type, invite some folks over for cookies and hot chocolate after 5, or even for an afternoon on the weekend.

Reflect.

The end of the year is a great time to think back on your professional accomplishments – or lack of – and decide what you will accomplish in 2017. What went well and what could be improved upon? Any skills should you/could you learn this coming year? Do you have any goals you want to reach and how will you meet them?

Restructure.

Get organized. Purge unneeded files, install updated software, change passwords, etc. (if at work). Do the same for your personal online accounts a home. Take a look at your planning tools and consider upgrading or otherwise changing them if you feel a sense of disorganization. Clean out some closets at home (donate old coats, hats, gloves, and scarves). Purge some personal paperwork.  Maybe finally digitize some old family photos.

The holiday season is a great time to relax, reflect and recharge. We hope you and yours have a wonderful season of joy and laughter….and we’ll see you again next year!

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