HOTELS Holiday Spirit: Productivity tips for 2015

Hyatt Place has teamed up with career expert and New York Times-bestselling author Lindsay Pollak to launch the Hyatt Place Seamless Travel Series to help travelers maintain productivity into 2015.

Pollak’s tips include:

Wake up earlier. What could you accomplish if you started your day 30 to 60 minutes earlier than you do now? Use this time to exercise, meditate, work on your secret novel, get ahead on email, or just relax with a cup of coffee.

Take time to triage. Determine the order in which you’ll address each crisis. Whenever you start to feel that panicky sensation, take five minutes and jot down a quick strategy for getting everything done.

Limit decisions. The more choices you make during the day, the harder each one becomes for your brain to process. Cut down on the stress by routinizing a few choices, such as having the same thing for breakfast every weekday and laying out your clothes every night. Frequent travelers can choose the same airline, same seat assignment, same hotel, and same rental car or taxi service. As a bonus, of course, you’ll rack up points as a loyal customer of these services.

Outsource. It’s easy to hire a vetted assistant to take care of tasks such as grocery shopping, scheduling doctor’s appointments, picking up dry cleaning, or running any other time-consuming errand.

Seamlessly integrate your life on the road. One of the best ways to limit stress and keep your productivity up is maintaining your typical schedule on the. Try to power down at the end of the office work day versus clocking long hours because you lost track of time.

Say no more often. Simply commit to less. Think of how much more you could accomplish if you fill 2015 with personal and professional activities personal and professional that you really want to do.