‘Tis the season where life slows and overflows with distractions. It’s also a great time to get ahead if you play your cards right.

How can we juggle the joys of the holidays while maintaining momentum on the work-front? It’s all about building a daily routine with low-effort, high-impact productivity hacks.

Whether you’re traveling, hosting or back at home with the fam, the following habits will help you stay on track through the holidays. Not only are these ideas easy to squeeze into daily life — even with a crazy holiday schedule — but they’re also a joy to keep up with…

LEARN TO MEDITATE | Sitting in silence might be hard when you’re deep in hustle-mode, but regular meditation can be a powerful productivity tool. It helps promote a sense of internal ease and will train your brain to tune out distractions. Not sure where to start? Download an app (we love Calm and Insight Timer) or poke around YouTube to find guided meditations.

WRITE IT OUT | Use the holidays as a time to reflect on how far you’ve come and to start making plans for the future. Spend a few minutes each morning mapping out your success route. When January comes around you’ll be able to hit the ground running.

Our favorite resource is the BossBabe 90-Day Planner. We designed it to help you know exactly what you need to do to slay your goals. The planner features daily exercises and prompts to help guide you towards your big vision with clarity and ease. Pro tip: it makes an epic holiday gift.  SHOP HERE

TAKE A WALK | Studies show that taking regular breaks actually makes you more productive. Going for a walk is a great way to get out of your head for a little. It gets your creative juices flowing, puts you in a better mood and gives your brain a much-needed break so it can work more efficiently.

TURN OFF NOTIFICATIONS | Presence and productivity go hand-in-hand. A constant flood of notifications might keep you in the loop but it won’t help you stay focused. Determine specific times to check your emails and social media instead of pausing your work every time you feel your phone buzz.

DARE TO MONOTASK | When you have a lot to do, it might feel like you’re able to cover more ground by working on several things at once. The truth is that multi-tasking hijacks our stress hormones. This makes us less focused and less productive over time. Give yourself permission to focus deeply on one thing at a time. Set alarms or time-block out your calendar to make sure you hit everything on your to-do list.

How do you stay on top of your goals during the holidays? Share in the comments!

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