This time of year always seems to bring out both the best and worst of people. I love seeing everyone in the loving, giving spirit. On the other hand, it breaks my heart watching people completely burn themselves out trying to do everything they think needs to be done, falling victim to the holiday craziness. I will be the first to admit that I fall into both of those groups. I love being able to show those who are special to me how much they mean not just now, but throughout the year. My to do list is usually pretty long but this time of year, it’s always growing because I’m constantly adding things to it to be the “perfect” mom/daughter/friend. The fun of the season is completely lost in the stress and craziness of trying to get so many things finished on crazy deadlines. Here are a few tips to help enjoy the holiday season:
*Prioritize: Look at your to do list. What’s most important to you or absolutely must get done? Work on that first then move to the next most important thing. Your priorities could change daily based on the time you have to complete tasks, finances or other commitments that need to be taken care.
*Who Says?: Who says everyone you’ve ever met needs to get a gift? No one that’s who! Your best friend isn’t going to feel nearly as special if you’re giving everyone you pass on the street a gift too. Spend your valuable time on those most important to you and really let them know how much your appreciate them.
*Think Outside the Box: Don’t have pictures for your holiday card yet? Why not wait until January and send “Happy New Year” cards instead? They won’t get lost in the Christmas and holiday cards and you’ll have more time to get everything finished.
*Organization: Think through each of the tasks you need to complete to make sure you’ve got all the items needed to complete the task and that you’re doing it at a time that makes most sense for you. Having to stop a project to run out and grab something to finish it makes the project take longer and you’ll likely finish in a hurry so it might not be as awesome as you want it. Deciding to work on art projects with the kids after they’ve taken showers for the night make not make the best sense. Moving the art projects up then showers or baths might be easier for everyone.
*Rewards: When you finally make it through the holiday season (and you will – I promise!), reward yourself with something – a massage, a shopping trip, an extra hour of sleep.
*Start Thinking About Next Year: Make some notes about what worked, what didn’t, what you’d like to change and any other ideas you have that might work next year. Then when you pull your notes out when you’re ready to start again next year, you’ll hopefully be ahead of the game. You could do anything from using and Excel workbook to having a binder full of ideas, projects, notes, recipes ect.
Hopefully a few of these tips will help you survive the next couple of weeks. What are your tips for making it through the holiday season?