How To Enjoy Working On Christmas Day- Do you know what you are going to do during Christmas? Probably hanging around the Christmas tree, opening presents, and relaxing with your family, right? But what if you have to work on that day? How would you spend holiday in your office? Worst you might be the only one on duty that time. How would you make it worthwhile and just enjoy your time at work on Christmas day?
It’s natural to feel a mix of emotions around the holidays, so if you are stuck working on a holiday and while being in the office when everyone else is celebrating isn’t ideal, we have rounded up a few tips to soften the blow and a possible merry celebration inside or outside work.
Negotiate, Negotiate, Negotiate
Sometimes, working on a holiday is unavoidable. After all, can you imagine what would happen if every doctor, airline pilot, taxi driver, and police officer insisted on taking Thanksgiving off?
That said, you often have a little room to negotiate. Depending on the nature of your job, ask your boss if you can work from home. If that’s not an option, inquire about splitting a shift so that you only work half of the holiday.
And if you absolutely have to be in the office the entire day, ask about getting an extra day off over the next holiday to make up for it. The promise of a four-day weekend over New Year’s or a few days to visit your family might make working now a little more bearable.
Can’t Reschedule Work? Reschedule the Holiday
There’s no real reason that you have to celebrate Thanksgiving on the fourth Thursday of November or Christmas on December 25, right? If you know that you’ll have to be at the office on a holiday, ask your loved ones if they’re willing to reschedule their holiday plans to accommodate your work schedule.
And if your family gathering can’t be bumped to another day, throw your own holiday shindig. You might be surprised by how many friends are excited for a chance to share their Thanksgiving leftovers at a post-Turkey Day potluck or take a break from family activities and have a December 26 holiday movie marathon. You could even make like George Costanza and throw a rocking Festivus party.
It doesn’t matter what or when you choose to celebrate. By finding a time when you can experience the holidays—be it with family, friends, or even by yourself—you’ll feel a little less like you missed out on all fun.
Avoid Social Media
OK, so you’re at the office on a holiday, and chances are that you’re feeling a bit lonely and bored. Your natural tendency might be to log onto Facebook or kill a little time scrolling through Instagram photos on your phone.
Big mistake. Looking at pictures of everyone else celebrating with their families and relaxing after a big holiday feast will only put you in a funk. If you have to, leave your cell phone in your car or power it off and put it in your coat pocket.
Instead, when you need a break, go for a short walk or grab a snack. You’ll stay focused and positive, and you’ll avoid falling victim to that “poor me” feeling that comes from looking at pictures of all your friends having fun without you.
Make it Count
What’s worse than working on a holiday? Working on a holiday and being so bummed, distracted, or unfocused that you don’t accomplish a single thing.
It can be hard to be productive if you’re the only one in the office, or if you really want to be out celebrating with the rest of the world, but, believe me, you’ll feel much better about being at work if you make the most of your time there.
Write a list of tasks you hope to accomplish during your shift and cross them off one-by-one as you complete them. Not only will you feel productive, but the time is guaranteed to go by much faster than if you spend the day sending mopey “Happy Holiday” texts and imagining the food you could be enjoying.
Nobody wants get stuck at the office over a holiday, but by finding other ways to celebrate and making the most of your time at work, you can survive the experience without feeling like a total Scrooge.