8 Productive Things You Can Accomplish During the Holidays

For many work/life balance is often talked about, but many of us rarely get to experience. As we head into 2016 and close out the year with the holidays, it’s the best time to slow down, recharge and plan for the upcoming year.

As we head back home for the holidays and reconnect with our families and friends, it’s important to take some time for yourself and make the most of your free time and check off your inventory of backlogged things you’d like to accomplish before 2016.

To get your creative juices going, we’ve compiled a concise list of what we’ll be working on between now and January 1st.

1. Form new (productive) habits before the New Year

We all have our routine, and sometimes it’s hard to break away from our everyday habits and radically change our day-to-day. Instead of dwelling on how difficult it is to form new habits, start with small steps like “micro quotas” and “macro goals.”

We’re in Sales and we’re used to quotas. Let’s apply quotas to learning new habits. Want to get into the habit of reading the news before diving into your inbox every morning? Take five minutes to follow new resources on Twitter and move the app right above your inbox so you’ll remember to check that first before answering emails.

2. Double down and learn a new skill for your job

As #SocialSelling is the future for Sales, it’s important for Salespeople to think (and act) like mini-marketers and position themselves as credible sources for their prospects. It’s wise to use this time during the holidays to learn new skills that’ll help position you as a mini-marketer.

If you’re interested in photoshop, but are wary of investing or committing fully into the art of it–take the time to learn Canva to get your feet wet first. Your authored posts, inspirational sales instagram quotes and social profiles will benefit from the visual refresh. Next step: GIFs.

3. Focus on learning a new skill for personal enrichment

Learning creative skills that’ll help you in the sales process is enriching, but learning new skills for outside of your job are equally important. Try to pick something that’s completely outside of your day-to-day like a ceramics class or a coding class at General Assembly.

4. Download and play around with new apps and technology

There’s a new apps popping up everyday and it’s hard for us to stay in the loop. Take this week off from your usual go-to Twitter, LinkedIn, Pinterest and Facebook apps and take a new app for a test drive. Want to learn a new language? Try out Duolingo. Want to stay financially responsible in 2016? Check out Mint. Want marketing lessons? Download Primer.  

5. Clean out your inbox – work and personal

Inbox zero is a myth. But, organizing your inbox (both work or personal) is different than checking your email. Think about how many emails you get in a day: five? 10? 20? Yikes, that’s a lot of email.

Take the time to organize your inbox by creating labels, starring important communications and unsubscribing from miscellaneous newsletters. Remember, we’re only organizing–we’re not checking and responding to emails.

6. Set goals for 2016 and beyond

Sales is changing and to keep up, you need to set goals for the next year and beyond. Personally, I start with a list of what I’ve accomplished this year and what I want to accomplish in the next year and plan goals around those two lists. To get more specific, you can set your goals into micro-goals that add up into one larger goal for the entire year.

7. Catch up on your RSS and reading list

More than we’d like to admit, we’re often consider “going through Twitter” as our daily intake of reading time. During this holiday break, we’re looking forward to catching up our almost-abandoned RSS and reading lists.

8. Don’t forget to unplug

It’s the holidays, get away from the computer, phone or tablet and spend some time with your family and friends.

How do you plan on staying productive during the holidays? Let us know in the comments section below. Have a happy holiday from all of us at ToutApp.