This post was written on behalf of Steelray Software.
Thomas Jefferson once said, “Never put off for tomorrow, what you can do today.” Procrastination is the killer of progress, and it stifles workflow and adds unnecessary stress to any given situation. The holidays are already a tumultuous time with a whirlwind of visitors, parties, carefully laid out meals, anxious children, and a laundry list of other must-accomplish items to add to the agenda. As the Holiday season quickly approaches, it is important to reduce any unwarranted stressors and focus on what is really important during this joyful time of family, friends, and celebrations.
To stay on top of everything during this hectic, but celebratory, time of year, it takes a commitment to planning and organizing. Here are five simple steps which you can do now to provide you with a more relaxing and enjoyable experience as you enter the New Year!
1.) Set your priorities. Decide what is important now, so you are unwavering in your decisions when time is strained, and you have multiple potential commitments. This approach will help you enjoy the people who mean the most to you at the events you do not want to miss.
2.) Set a budget. The cost of the holidays can mount quickly with gifts and lavish meals, outfits and travel expenses. Before you know it, you can be feasting on a sizable lump of debt instead of carving a beautiful turkey. Establish a realistic total budget for the holidays which lines up with the priorities you have already defined, then make sure you divide the overall budget into areas of importance – be it airline tickets, presents for loved one, or new apparel for family pictures.
3.) Shop ahead of time. Toy stores have already filled their shelves with the season’s must-have toys, so it is certainly not too early to start shopping for a gift or do something like add a $10 Starbucks gift card to your groceries now and save it for a teacher’s gift later. Many items will go on sale between now and the turn of the year, so if you are shopping for a particular item keep it on a watchlist. By doing your holiday shopping early you will also avoid the crowds which have a tendency to build up at malls nationwide.
4.) Order your Holiday cards. Almost everyone enjoys receiving snail mail and holiday cards are no exception. Get your holiday cards ordered now, so you have everything prepped and ready to go when the time comes to send them. It is one less thing you will need to worry about as your schedule fills up with other demands.
5.) Organize your workflow. When the holidays roll around things at work can get hectic with vacation time and days off significantly influencing workflow. Proper preparation and division-wide organization can help reduce unwarranted stress and will keep teams aligned and on task even when key members are out of the office on vacation.
The industry-leading project management software suite of Microsoft Project & Portfolio Management (Microsoft PPM) and Microsoft Project Viewer is the sure-fire way to keep your company on task, on time, and on a budget, even during the craziness of the holidays. Microsoft PPM is the most trusted and preferred project management software on the market. Paired with the Microsoft Project Viewer from Steelray, they will help ease the management and organization of overwhelming calendars, fluctuating schedules, and ever-changing budgets.
Companies like Nike, GE Healthcare, Lockheed Martin, IBM, and The Proteus Leadership Centre already depend on Steelray’s Microsoft Project Viewer. In doing so, they have discovered the many enhancements it adds to Microsoft PPM which include giving users the ability to send electronic status updates to the Project Managers. It has additional printing capabilities which provide the option to preview all pages, on a page, or the actual page size before printing. Also, all team members retain access to review schedules, and with Microsoft Project Viewer they can drill down and examine specific task details, otherwise hidden on a physical, printed calendar.
You do not need to wait until the glittering, Times Square ball drops to get organized and rejuvenate your workflow. Start embracing the benefits of Microsoft Project Viewer today and have peace of mind as you go into the holiday season knowing everyone on the team will have easy access to a job’s status, task updates, and workflow progression.
By implementing a few simple things now, you really can save yourself some headaches and stress during the upcoming months of thanksgiving and joy.