The holiday season is closing in, and productivity is about to fall off a cliff for most companies.

However, lots of people want to squeeze a few more achievements out of 2018, and if you’re one of them, read on.

MANAGE YOUR TIME LIKE A VIKING

This is probably the last week of the year where you can reasonably expect to get things done. You need to be ruthless in how you manage your time. Lots of customers, colleagues and other stakeholders will be enticing you to engage in decorating offices, sipping mulled beverages or mutual back-slapping about another successful year. Politely decline offers to have your time wasted, and stay focused on your goals. Plan each day with clear objectives in mind.

KNOW WHAT YOU WANT TO GET OUT OF THIS WEEK

If you really want to use this week well, treat it like the sprint at the end of a long distance race. Your energy is low, the temptation is to seize up and slacken off, but you need to keep your eye trained on your destination. On Monday, make a short list of what you want to achieve. This should be goal-oriented, rather than task-oriented. Your list should realistically contain between 1 and 3 items.

KEEP YOURSELF GOING WITH THE PROMISE OF REWARD

Make a deal with yourself that you will treat yourself to something special if you achieve your objectives. We all respond to incentives, and even Rudolph gets a carrot. Now is the time to make a deal with yourself. If you close that deal, finish that project or otherwise clear your desk, you’ll buy yourself that pair of shoes/match tickets/iPad Pro you’ve been craving, but didn’t feel you deserved.

You owe it to yourself to make this week a great one!