When you walked into the office after the holidays, how many people were at their desks? Three? Four? Take this as your cue for the rest of this week.
Here’s how to get work done if you’re at work during this festive season, but most of your colleagues aren’t.
Don’t send a ton of emails
Chances are, at least some of your contacts are on vacation, so you might as well press pause on sending email requests and follow-ups.
Referencing a tweet about how people won’t want to receive your emails until this week is over, Lifehacker staff writer Nick Douglas writes in the publication about how people won’t be very receptive to them this week.
“Don’t email people this week unless you have to. This isn’t about being nice, it’s about being effective. Unless your email is the very most important thing arriving in someone’s inbox, they aren’t going to bother with it until later, and maybe never,” he writes, before advising that you can “draft” them instead.
Use the time for things that require deep focus
Revel in the fact that you can finally get the silence you need, even if you work in an open office.
If you’re working on a huge project due at the end of this week or getting ahead for a new campaign you’ll be heading up in the new year, toil away in a part of the office where you’re best able to work.
Get lunch with someone else
You might as well use the time to get to know someone you work with.
Freelance journalist Kate Rockwood writes in Mental Floss that when most people aren’t at the office at the end of the December, you should “invite a coworker to lunch,” and features advice from an expert.
“A skeleton crew at the office can be a good excuse to mix up your usual routine and socialize with someone new at the office,” Rockwood writes. “[I]t can come in handy the next time you’re in a work crunch and need more people to pitch in.”
Have a one-on-one meeting with your boss
Do you have any questions you’d like to get off your chest?
If you don’t have performance reviews, you might want to make this time to discuss expectations and responsibilities for 2018.
Make a list of your questions, concerns, and ideas for new ways you can contribute to your team beforehand, and go into the meeting feeling prepared for what comes your way.
After all, if you don’t schedule time to meet with your boss and you already don’t have assessment periods, how will you know exactly where you stand?
It’s better than blindly continuing into the new year, unprepared for changes that will come your way.
Also ask yourself these seven career questions before 2018 comes around in a few days. You don’t even have to wait to begin working on your New Year’s resolutions — get a head start on them in the office when things are quiet and you can think a lot more clearly.