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Organize to Minimize Holiday Chaos
Overwhelmed just thinking about the upcoming holiday season? Relax. If you take a little time to plan your holiday season, it will be more enjoyable for you and your family! Focus on practicing good organizational techniques and time management principles.
Here are some tips to make the holidays enjoyable and the New Year start off in a positive manner.
We are pulled in so many different directions during the holidays: travel, family gatherings, parties and social events, shopping, baking, decorating, etc. Ask yourself: What do I want? This question is an invaluable guide for the holiday season. Think about what you want to do, as opposed to what you think others expect of you. Decide on your goals for the holiday season. Do you want to spend quality time with family? Do you want to try your hand at hosting or baking? Or, do you want to relax and enjoy quiet time? Achieving your goals and creating a meaningful holiday season requires that you have smart plans in place, especially if you want to enjoy the season without overindulging or stressing out.
It is difficult to keep all of the mental clutter associated with the holidays in our head! Keep a 'holiday central' notebook or create a memo in your handheld device. List items you want to do (notice I didn't say need to do!), gifts to be purchased, people to send cards to, etc. Create a holiday budget so you know what you want to spend and stick to it.
Dealing with Holiday Schedule Overload
All the things you want to do over the holiday season can bring pressure if you don't bring your wants and needs into alignment and into a manageable schedule. Holiday joy comes from balance and choosing the activities that are fulfilling for you. Avoid taking on too much at this time of year. If you're feeling too pressured, look for activities that you can reschedule until after the holidays, delegate, or say no to. Recognize that you can't do everything, especially if you want to enjoy your holiday season! Ask yourself: What is the worst thing that will happen if I don't do this?
Identify and avoid triggers. If going to certain events or seeing certain family or friends stresses you out and always ruins your holiday experience, avoid that activity. If you must attend, shorten your visit. If you are watching what you eat, plan ahead by eating a small healthy meal at home, so you won't be as hungry at the event. Or plan out what you will eat at the event, allowing yourself a few treats that you only get to have once per year and stick to your plan.
If you regularly exercise, don't stop over the holidays! Carve out time for exercise, even if it is not as much time as you usually do. The holidays are stressful enough -- don't miss out on a great form of natural stress relief!
The payoff to all of this planning: You won't have post-holiday regret syndrome! You'll be calmer and more available to enjoy the company of your family and friends, and you'll start the New Year feeling empowered.
Pick one thing you can say "No" to this holiday season and do it. Let me know how it turns out.
posted on: 12/21/2011 1:30:00 PM by Lisa Montanaro
category: General Organizing Tips
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Lisa Montanaro is a productivity consultant, success coach and business strategist who helps people live successful and passionate lives, and operate productive and profitable businesses. Lisa publishes the monthly "DECIDE™ to be Organized" e-zine for the general public, and "Next Level Business Success" e-zine for professional organizers and entrepreneurs and the DECIDE to be Organized Blog. Lisa is the author of the book "The Ultimate Life Organizer: An Interactive Guide to a Simpler, Less Stressful & More Organized Life" published by Peter Pauper Press, which can be found at www.TheUltimateLifeOrganizer.com. Through LMOS, Lisa helps people deal with the issues that block personal and professional change and growth. To explore how LMOS can improve your home or work environment, or help take your business to the next level, contact Lisa at 530-564-4181 - CA or (845) 988-0183 NY or by e-mail at [email protected].