How to stay motivated at work during the holidays

Christmas in the office

It’s officially holiday season. While this time is supposed to be “the most wonderful time of the year,” it’s also the most stressful and chaotic time. The month of December is known to bring some burnout into the workplace. You have to buy presents, plan family events, attend holiday parties and decorate the house on top of your 40-hour work week.

How are you supposed to stay motivated at work when there is so much that needs to get done before Christmas?

5 ways to remain motivated during the holidays

1. Take a day or two off.

If you have a couple of vacation days left, use them! Taking a small break from work can be beneficial because it lets you recharge and refresh. You can use your day off to get holiday shopping done or cross off something on your to-do list. Completing stressful tasks will allow you to stay motivated and focus more on work.

2. Make to-do lists.

It’s easy to stress about all of the things you need to get done. Make a list of your tasks. Then prioritize that list, and schedule out your week or month. By creating realistic timeframes for your to-do’s, you will feel a sense of accomplishment and relief when you complete one.

3. Prepare for December.

The month of December always seems to fly by. Days and weeks are constantly filled with work and holiday activities, which can lead to employee burnout. Preparing for the lack of motivation that usually exists in December can help.


  • Limit the number of tasks you need to do in December, so you can focus more at work and enjoy the holidays stress-free.
  • Prioritize things you want to accomplish in December early and create incentives.
  • Schedule a burnout prevention program around the holidays. MJ Executive Consulting manages multiple speakers that will provide expert advice to your team.

4. Don’t take work home.

Don’t bring incomplete work assignments home with you. Not only does it eliminate some of your holiday joy, but it can make you miss opportunities to enjoy friends and family. Furthermore, missing out on holiday activities and memories with your loved ones can make you resent your job.

While you are at work, eliminate distractions and write down what you want to accomplish for the day. Make sure what you want to accomplish is realistic and stick to it. Use the idea of leaving work on time as motivation to get through your tasks by the end of the day. While you are at work, focus solely on completing your goal tasks.

5. Do one thing at a time.

When you have multiple things you need to get done, it’s easy to jump from task to task. Try to work on one project at a time. Devoting all of your attention on one project until it’s complete will increase the quality of the work and will eliminate an item on your to-do list.

Use your personal time to accomplish your holiday to-do’s. By keeping your work to-do’s and personal tasks separate, you are able to fully focus and accomplish more.

The holidays are meant to be enjoyed. While December can be a chaotic time, you can still find a sense of order. Make the most out of your time at work and with your family by prioritizing your tasks and planning ahead. If you are struggling to prioritize, MJ Executive Consulting can help provide tools to accomplish your goals, missions, and visions at work. Contact us  today for a free consultation.