Whether you’re taking two or ten days off over Christmas, it’s super important to use this time to properly disconnect from work. Christmas is for spending time with loved ones and enjoying yourself, not thinking about work. We’re all guilty of checking emails, answering work calls and even doing pieces of work whilst on holiday but many people are unaware of the importance of switching off. Your holiday allowance is there for a reason and not making the most of it can lead to increased stress and anxiety.
Here at Targetspace, we’re very much looking forward to a few well-deserved days off to spend quality time with friends and family, not to mention all the eating and drinking in excess that comes with it. Here are a few of our tips on how to switch off from work over the Christmas period:
1. Step away from your devices.
Technology is one of the biggest distractions in all of our lives, right? It’s so easy to get lost in our phones or scrolling on social media that we don’t realise how much time has been wasted. Similarly, when work emails are connected to our personal phones or computers, it’s hard not to look at them during downtime. Our suggestion: disconnect your work mailbox from your personal devices so that you don’t get tempting notifications and only check if absolutely necessary. The only reason you should be getting your phone out is for photographs!
2. Be present at gatherings.
For many of us, Christmas is one of the only times entire families can get together. Be present, not just physically but mentally too. Really focus on the people you’re with and engage in meaningful conversations instead of worrying about what’s going on in the office. Be fully in the moment, enjoying the company of the people around you at this special time of year.
3. Relax, take it easy.
After a long and hard working year, the Christmas period is your chance to completely relax and recharge your batteries for the New Year. Regardless of your industry, job role or working hours, everybody needs a break to avoid burning out. Our biggest tip would be to tie up all of your loose ends before Christmas Eve so that there is nothing to distract you from relaxing and enjoying the festivities.
From all of us at Targetspace, we wish you a very Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year. If you’re looking to relocate your business in 2019, we have two superb serviced office space locations in the City of London, one in Aldgate and the other on New Broad Street. Both have excellent transport links with Fenchurch Street and Liverpool Street mainline stations in close walking distance, as well as plenty of tube and bus stations. If you’re looking for opportunities a bit more central, we have serviced offices in Holborn, too, located on Procter Street, just a short distance from prime locations such as Covent Garden and Tottenham Court Road.