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6 Things I Do to Organise My Office Before a Holiday

9th December 2016
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A GOAL WITHOUT A PLAN IS JUST A WISH

There are a few things I do to wind down before the holidays. Without getting them done I’m not sure I could fully switch off. Having spent many years in management and now with my own business, I need to have everything in order before I can relax. With a little careful planning, I can pretty much combat any work worry while I’m away. So today I’m sharing six things I do to organise my office before a holiday.

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STOP WORKING ON THE DAY TO DAY STUFF

About a week before my holiday I stop working on anything I can put off until my return. When I worked in retail I struggled to do this, but in an office, it’s a little easier. This enables me to work on my long-term goals and get organised, which takes me to the next step.

PLAN MY GOALS

Taking a step back is valuable because it gives me time to access where I am with my goals. It’s great to tick things off and spend a little time planning for the coming months. Often with all my time spent doing the urgent day to day tasks, there’s little time left to do the important stuff. The things that can help me to reach my goals. By stopping I can look at where I am and make sure I’m heading in the right direction!

CREATE A TO-DO LIST FOR MY RETURN

Returning to work after a break can feel like putting on a wet swimming costume. I find it takes a little time to adjust back into the daily grind. Compiling a to-do list before I go gives me a clear focus on my return. And a productive first day back in the office always makes me feel good!

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GET ON TOP OF THE OFFICE ADMIN

My next step is to leave no stone unturned. This includes getting my accounts up to date, filing paperwork and decluttering. I like to go through everything to ensure nothing has been overlooked. If I spot something that requires attention I either get it done or add it to my new to do list. It’s great to address all the things I never usually have time for.

CLEAR MY DESK AND DESKTOP

I dust and clear my desk of clutter so it looks calm and organised. I also tidy my computer desktop and remove the files or bookmarks I no longer need. It’s uplifting to return to a clutter-free office and computer. Now all that’s left is to set my out of office.

CELEBRATE AND GIVE THANKS

And finally, I note and celebrate my achievements and think about all the things I’m grateful for. I think it’s important to respect and value your work. And it’s lovely to leave with a heart full of gratitude knowing that you really deserve that break!

I wrote this post as a reminder to myself to get organised for January. The best thing about working through the list is it requires less concentration so I can crank up the tunes! I find organising and tidying quite relaxing and so it helps me to slowly unwind. Winding down during my final week in work is certainly better than doing it on holiday. When I’m done, I can celebrate knowing everything is in order – always a lovely feeling!

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The postcards are available in my shopThank you, Kirsty of Fashion for Lunch for the delightful Aspinal of London bag – my first Christmas gift! 

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29 Comments

  • Reply Lazy Daisy Jones 9th December 2016 at 8:28 am

    I have finished work for this year and planning a weeks work of blogging for next week. I will then take your advice and finish up until next year. Enjoy your break!
    Xxx

    • Candy Pop
      Reply Candy Pop 9th December 2016 at 8:33 am

      Thank you, Ashley. What a lovely week you have planned – have a gorgeous time!

  • Reply Lucy 9th December 2016 at 8:55 am

    This is rather helpful as I’m always slightly disorganised at this time of year. Have a good weekend X

    • Candy Pop
      Reply Candy Pop 9th December 2016 at 9:05 am

      Thanks, Lucy. I think the end goal of Christmas festivities is enough to keep me going until it’s done! I’m looking forward to catching up tomorrow!

  • Reply Karen Knox 9th December 2016 at 10:00 am

    I wish I could start winding down now, at this rate i’ll be working on xmas day! Love that Aspinal bag btw. Very lovely indeed x

    • Candy Pop
      Reply Candy Pop 9th December 2016 at 10:07 am

      Oh no! I hope you get on top of everything soon. Have a great Friday and weekend.

  • Reply fashionforlunch 9th December 2016 at 10:33 am

    This is so helpful to read, especially before the Christmas holidays x

    • Candy Pop
      Reply Candy Pop 9th December 2016 at 10:43 am

      Thanks Kirsty and thank you again for the delicious bag!

  • Reply welovehomebymaxine 9th December 2016 at 11:03 am

    I love sorting and organising this time of year – it’s like mental flossing. Love the postcards, cute

    • Candy Pop
      Reply Candy Pop 9th December 2016 at 11:11 am

      It sure is! I’m not a fan of January so I need to do everything I can to ease the blow! Have a great day.

  • Reply Adorngirl 9th December 2016 at 11:37 am

    I love a good organise, its hard to start but addictive when I get into a rhythm. Will make sure to apply some of your methods in the run up to January.

    • Candy Pop
      Reply Candy Pop 9th December 2016 at 1:25 pm

      Thanks, Ashanti. You’re right, it can be hard to get going but once you start it’s over before you know it!

  • Reply Rachael 9th December 2016 at 11:51 am

    LOVE this! Such great ideas 🙂 i’m such an organisational freak so this post makes me really happy!

    Rachael xx.
    theteacozykitchen.blogspot.co.uk

    • Candy Pop
      Reply Candy Pop 9th December 2016 at 1:26 pm

      Hello fellow organisation freak! I’m glad you enjoyed the post. Have a lovely day!

  • Reply Karen Clough 9th December 2016 at 1:27 pm

    Youre images are so gorgeous hun! I’m definitely the same though. I know its counterintuitive but that time between Christmas and New Year I spend catching up on stuff, and then I can begin the New Year totally fresh!

    • Candy Pop
      Reply Candy Pop 9th December 2016 at 1:53 pm

      Thanks, Karen. It’s a good time to get organised!

  • Reply freshdesignblog 9th December 2016 at 1:37 pm

    Useful tips and things I really need to keep in mind and put into practice! Stopping for holidays is often a mad rush for me.

    • Candy Pop
      Reply Candy Pop 9th December 2016 at 1:54 pm

      Thanks, I’m glad you found the post useful. Have a great day!

  • Reply Kimberly Duran 9th December 2016 at 5:28 pm

    I love your images – so gorgeous (and that bag!! OMG)! Such good tips – I’m still in the throes of trying to get everything done before I can take a break but I’m looking forward to being able to do a little planning for the future! And I love the idea of reflecting on achievements and being grateful, I need to remember that 🙂 xx

    • Candy Pop
      Reply Candy Pop 9th December 2016 at 8:24 pm

      Thanks so much, Kimberly. I hope you manage to get it all done soon! Have a gorgeous weekend.

  • Reply kathryn 9th December 2016 at 6:25 pm

    So much truth here. I have a couple more posts to complete and then my out of office is going up on the blog come the 16th. I definitely want to list my 2016 achievements and 2017 goals plus my office definitely needs a tidy! xx

    • Candy Pop
      Reply Candy Pop 9th December 2016 at 7:09 pm

      Thanks, Kat. That sounds like a great plan to me. Good luck with it all!

  • Reply Sue 9th December 2016 at 7:51 pm

    You are some kind of calm guru. I feel calmer just reading your words! Imagine how I’d feel if I implemented them! X

    • Candy Pop
      Reply Candy Pop 9th December 2016 at 8:25 pm

      That’s hilarious! I quite like being a ‘calm guru’ – thanks!

  • Reply Julia Williams 9th December 2016 at 11:16 pm

    Well I just love this! And I LOVE the analogy about the wet cossie! Though I have to say reading his makes me feel a bit stressed because I literally have SO much to do before hols! Gah!! Great list though and totally going to do the declutter desk tidy bit. And the to do list xx

    • Candy Pop
      Reply Candy Pop 11th December 2016 at 3:08 pm

      Thanks so much, Julia. I’m pleased you found it helpful. Have a lovely day! x

  • Reply Lori 10th December 2016 at 8:57 am

    I love the idea of celebrating your achievements and planning ahead! Something I need to really focus on! Fab post x

    • Candy Pop
      Reply Candy Pop 11th December 2016 at 3:09 pm

      Thank you, Lori. I hope you’re having a great weekend!

  • Reply Fritha Strickland 11th December 2016 at 9:00 pm

    I love all these tips! I know we spoke about the burn out before and I’m defo taking your advice and having a blogging break this year! X

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