It's no secret that the last few days of the year tend to be a drag for many industries. A lot of people switch off the week before Christmas; people take holiday, you probably can't get through to any clients or suppliers. It's usually the perfect time to complete odd jobs. Preparation for the new year so that you can come back feeling all refreshed, revived and raring to go is key and a great way to spend your time over the next couple of days (providing you're up to date with all your work!)
You might be one of just a handful of people left in your office, picking up the end of year slack for everyone else who was prepared and took some well deserved time off. You're probably surrounded by people you don't usually interact with and I'm sure there's someone in a position of authority whose sole purpose is to make sure you're actually working and not just watching YouTube videos of cats. So what can you do to combat the boredom in these final days of 2017?
Have a desk clean-out
Think of this as feng shui for your working life. A cluttered desk is going to have a far more negative impact on your working day and activities than a nice tidy, clean one. You've probably got papers hiding in your desk that have been there since you first started. GET RID.
Research events to attend for the next year
Events are a really great way to keep up to date with what's going on in your industry and it also helps you to remain professionally relevant. Networking with industry peers not only enriches your own experience and knowledge but it also gives you ideas that you can implement into your own role. You never know, you might learn something new (you definitely will.)
Update and cleanse your public social media profiles
It's easy to neglect your social media profiles, especially when you're busy with other projects and generally just living life. A really good thing to do during this time is to clean up your social media/web presence. Type your name into Google. Is it coming up with a few too many photos than you'd like? It's time for a cleanse. This is quite a big job but it's totally worth it if you value your privacy. Quickly flipping to first person here, I did this and realised that a lot of my personal photos were on Google, images that I did not want in the public domain. You can rectify this by adjusting your social media privacy settings. You can also delete unwanted images off Google by flagging the URL.
Clean out your email folders
Are you the kind of person who has about 30,000 unopened emails in your inbox and a junk folder to make you shudder? Clear it out and that goes for your personal accounts too. Sometimes we end up with all these different accounts when really, we only need one. Simplify it. Get rid of any accounts you don't use and organise the accounts that you actually need.
Write down a review of your year
It's very easy to forget what you've achieved across the space of an entire year, so if you're feeling a little bit bored perhaps now would be a good time to look back and write down what you've done. Not only is it great to be able to look back and appreciate what you've done but this is the kind of information that can help you during a pay review or appraisal.
Take a relevant e-learning course
December, and particularly the last week of work is a great opportunity to refresh your skills. There are so many online courses to choose from, a lot of which are free. As we are a marketing job board, we would naturally recommend some good marketing courses. One of our favourite providers is HubSpot, who offer free, certified qualifications in a huge variety of marketing disciplines. From content marketing to email marketing and inbound you are guaranteed to find something to help bolster your knowledge and start your new year the right way.
Count all your spare coins
This may sound silly, but in your draws, on your desk and in your bag there is A LOT of hidden change. It's the kind of change we generally find annoying because it's quite never enough to buy a sandwich or a coffee, but when you find it all and count it, you'll probably have a lot more cash lying around than you originally thought.
Analyse your position
You might have been so busy this year that you've not really had a chance to analyse whether you're actually happy in your job. Are you paid enough? Do you find your role fulfilling? Is there career progression in your current company? Are you going in the right direction? These are all things you can be considering and it's not a crime to do so. It's natural to move on when you feel the time is right, so take this opportunity as a time to really think this through. If you're not happy, why don't you think about what would make you happy...
Make a work plan for the new year
January is a time to refocus and set yourself new goals. Use this time to think about what you'd like to achieve in the new year and what you could do differently to increase your chances of success.
Organise your finances
This is a great thing to do. Once you've bought everything you needed for the festive season, have a look through your statements and analyse where you could cut some costs in January. January is usually a quiet month for most so this is a really good opportunity to save some cash after the extravagance of Christmas.
Combine your day with a little life admin
Whilst you're getting your work done, take this quiet time as an opportunity to get some life admin done too. For example, perhaps you've got thousands of photos on your phone; get them uploading to your OneDrive in the background. You might not have finished your Christmas shopping; use your lunch break to order the last few gifts you've still got to purchase before the postal deadlines arrive and it's too late.
Have a laugh
If you can't have a bit of fun in the office at Christmas, when can you? Lighten up. If you're prone to being a bit uptight, make an effort to loosen up a bit in the last few days of the year. Get into the Christmas spirit and enjoy yourself! That's what this time of year is all about after all.
If you're still bored after you've done all of this, you've got some issues that need to be addressed. We know this is a tough time for some, but it's all about being productive and making the most out of your time in the office. If you feel that you're bored all the time, maybe it's time for you to find a new job. Don't stay somewhere that doesn't challenge you. Your perfect role could be around the corner so check out our latest marketing jobs today (now there's a good way to procrastinate!)