During the winter season, you have to put considerable effort into a good work-life balance. Christmas and Hanukkah are coming up and with the parties, events, and preparation for many people. Your to-do list is longer than it’s ever been, with shopping for festive foods and gifts.

At the same time, the approaching end of the year is causing lots of work toward 2017 goals and 2018 planning. So, work and job search efforts may be piling up. So is your personal to-do list.

Plus, it’s cold and dark outside. ‘Tis the season for colds and flu as well as holidays!

Here are four work-life balance hacks to make sure you get through the holidays happily and productively.

1.) Plan ahead

Don’t throw your planning capability out the window just because the holidays are coming. Goals that get written down are 30 percent more likely to be accomplished.

Plus, looking at a list (or spreadsheet, or method of choice) makes it clear what needs to be done and how much time you have, or don’t have, to do it. You can prioritize effectively. Write down your goals and a due date for each one.

2.) Stay active and energized

Think you’ll feel more energy if you just skip your workout? No! First, exercise renews and increases your energy, it doesn’t deplete it. Second, if you start skipping exercise during the holidays, you may never make it back to a steady workout schedule.

Be sure to eat well and drink plenty of water too. Both increase your body’s energy. Eat balanced meals. Don’t overdo Christmas or Hanukkah treats. You don’t want to start the year having to undo the weight you just gained.

3.) Just say no

It’s very easy to become overwhelmed by extracurricular activity. The office party. Drinks with friends. Meeting colleagues for a holiday lunch. Going to your grandmother’s house to help with baking. Holiday get-togethers with acquaintances. Concerts.

Prioritize these as well. You do not have to go everywhere you’re asked. If you can fit it in and think it would be great, go. If not, regretfully say another time.

4.) Get enough sleep

Sleep deprivation is widespread in the U.S. — enough to be a recognized public health hazard! If you get less than eight hours chronically it can impact your work productivity, your health and even your safety.

It can be tough to get enough sleep during the holidays. (All that work, and all those parties.) But plan for a good night’s sleep just as you would for any other important goal.

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