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Holiday Rush: How To “Buy” Yourself More Time For The Holiday Season

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By Mia Bolaris-Forget

It’s that time of year when the weather is colder, it get dark sooner (it’s probably dark when most of you/us head out to work in the morning and dark on the way back home) leaving most of us feeling a bit blue and not much like doing very much. Yet, it’s that special time of year that challenges us to do more than we may have wanted to.

And, it’s probably also that time of year where the work pace is beginning to also pick up, just as you, your body, and your endurance are slowing down. What you really need is more money and more hours (away from your desk and work) and more time to yourself for home and family.

Keep in mind that most employers are probably unaware of any added stress or pressure and that the alternative to keeping your sanity is NOT losing or giving up your job.

Here are a few holiday suggestions for a more balanced life and workload.

1. Address the situation by being honest and open with your boss about your particular concerns and challenges. Assure him or her that you remain faithful to your job/career/position but need some extra time for yourself. Without being confrontational or challenging your boss’s authority or judgment ask for his/her advice on how to help you achieve both your personal and professional goals in a less “demanding” and “time-consuming” manner.

2. Remember, that more is not always more (or better) Showing up early and staying late (or later than usual) may seem like a great way to make up “missed” (office) time to you, but it may NOT be your employer’s idea of productivity. Your boss may want you to find ways to increase productivity WITHOUT increasing your hours (and potentially your pay). So, come up with a plan to make your new schedule work for you and the company without any “costly” consequences.

3. Prioritize. Collaborate with your boss and come up with a plan that allows you to complete the most crucial tasks before you have to leave.

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