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Well, the countdown is on, friends. Four weeks until Christmas. We have officially entered the
most wonderful time of the year busy season. While I love the holiday season, I always feel a little bit of overwhelm at the beginning of it. There just seems to be so much to do! But it’s all a matter of getting organized and then (hopefully) enjoying the heck out of it, because honestly, a lot of things on my to-do list are a whole lot of fun, too. It’s just all about fitting it all in, am I right? (Can I wish for 48-hour days for Christmas?)
Write a list.
Duh! That might be a no-brainer (where are my fellow list makers? Although, I learned that some people work better without a list (HI MEIKE! You do you!). Everything seems half as scary when it’s written down and planned for, amirite?
Do one small things right now.
As I mentioned, I finally started writing my holiday to-do list last weekend and I also crossed off a few “low-hanging fruits” already. Nothing like tackling the list right away. As you know, sometimes the small things – that literally take 5 minutes to do – are the things we procrastinate on the most. It feels silly adding these small things to the to-do list, but the satisfaction of crossing things off gives me a major feeling of accomplishment, and the momentum to tackle the rest of it.
I know, I know, if you’re a little bit of an Type A person like me, it’s hard for you to relinquish control over your to-do list, but there are things that you can delegate. I promise. If you look closely, there are things on your list that you can easily delegate or outsource, and in the process take one more thing of your own plate.
Stick with your routine.
The first thing that goes out the window when life gets busy is our routine. We think that all of a sudden, we don’t have time to do what we usually do and scramble to fit new tasks and obligations into our busy schedules. I get it. And the holiday season is the perfect example.
But honestly, I personally am more efficient and organized (and calm, to be honest!) when I stick to my usual routine – even if there seems to be so much extra stuff to do. Sure, I might need to adjust it here and there, as needed, but I really try to keep the framework up. It makes the busy time run more smoothly, plus it isn’t so hard to get back to old habits when the busyness subsides.
Take a deep breath.
Do not forget to take a deep breath every once in a while and enjoy this special season. This time of the year is supposed to be enjoyed, not rushed through. Even if the holidays are not your favorite thing (for whatever reason, and I know there can be many!), take this time to take care of yourself and reflect. That is a good thing any time of the year!
How do you manage the busy season? Also, for my NaBloPoMo warriors: blogging every day is off the to-do list in a couple of days. You can do it!