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6 things to do before the end of the year

6 things to do before the end of the year

Whether you’re headed somewhere warm or cold for the holidays (or just parking in front of your fireplace), one thing’s for sure: you don’t want to leave feeling stressed.

Our team has pulled together a few ideas to help you tie up all the loose ends at work and ensure that you don’t come back to a mountain of tasks and email.

1. Create a ‘small tasks’ list for the rest of the week

Most of us find ourselves itching to get out as the holidays inch closer. As vacation nears, try completing some small tasks you find yourself constantly putting off (like working on a few non-essential bugs, or updating meta descriptions for your website). You’ll feel satisfied and accomplished once you’ve finally checked them off. You can also take Asana’s ‘Polish Week’ approach: identify a couple of things that need some ‘polishing’ and tackle them a few days before vacation.

2. Re-prioritize projects for the new year

Go through your projects and do some cleaning. Update tasks with manageable due dates, unassign items you don’t think will get done, add new Sections to structure projects that may have gotten messy, and unfollow projects you’re no longer involved or interested in. Consider moving tasks to ‘Later’ to clean up your task list.

3. Check in with your teammates

Make sure you and your teammates are on the same page about last minute needs and projects. Schedule a quick standup with your team, or individual mini-meetings to establish priorities, and set expectations for the end of the year. You can also do this in Asana, by creating a 1-1 project with any of your teammates.

4. Don’t forget to turn on Vacation Indicator

If your teammates know your schedule during the holidays, you won’t feel like you constantly need to check Asana (or your email, for that matter). Be sure to set your Vacation Indicator at the end of your last workday, indicating when you’re out of the office.

Looking ahead to 2015

If you’ve managed to breeze through your end-of-the-year to-do’s, consider taking some time to look forward to 2015, and think about what you would like to accomplish.

5. Set aside time for big-picture thinking

Right before you start a new year is a great time to allot a few hours for brainstorming. Let your mind wander and think big about what you want to accomplish in the new year individually, and then with your team….