We’ve already talked about some different ways you can maintain your sanity while dealing with stressful holiday travel. But, roadways and airports aren’t the only things that fill up during the holiday season—your schedule can start to get a little crowded too.
With shopping, parties, family get-togethers, and travel, there’s no doubt that your schedule becomes a little hectic this time of year. And, if you don’t proactively manage your commitments, things can quickly spiral out of control.
So, here are some tips for coping with your busy holiday schedule. And, no, that third glass of spiked eggnog isn’t the only answer.
1. Plan Ahead
As you already know, leaving things until the last minute only makes the holidays more stressful. And, trust me, you definitely don’t want to find yourself at the mall on Christmas Eve. Luckily, that unpleasant situation is totally avoidable if you just plan ahead!
Right now, sit down and make a list of all of the things you still need to get done before the holidays arrive—whether it’s finishing up shopping, wrapping gifts, or planning a menu for your party. Then, make every effort to get those things finished up within the next week. It’ll save you from that stressful time-crunch!
2. Learn to Say No
In the spirit of the season, you may be tempted to enthusiastically say “Yes!” to every opportunity that comes your way. But, the art of balancing your schedule also involves being selective about your commitments.
There’s no reason you need to attend every holiday party you get an invite for. It’ll only make you feel spread even thinner. So, take a look at your opportunities and prioritize the ones that are either mandatory or really excite you. Then, make it a point to attend only those! There’s no use filling up your schedule with lackluster commitments that feel like a waste of your (much-needed) time.
3. Schedule Downtime
With the constant whir of responsibilities during the holidays, it can be easy book up all of our personal time—meaning you’ve lost all of the time you normally use to relax, decompress, and recharge yourself for the next day.
In order to avoid losing all of this necessary time, make sure that you physically schedule your downtime in your planner. Whether it’s your favorite weekly yoga class or just some quiet time to sit down and read, having that chunk of time dedicated to yourself is crucial for clearing your mind and maintaining your sanity during this crazy time of year!
As I mentioned above, effective prioritization is crucial for ensuring that you don’t bite off more holiday cheer than you can chew. So, when it comes to all of those pesky holiday tasks you need to complete, write down everything you need to get done. Then, rank those items based on their deadline.
Maybe you need to have a batch of holiday cookies baked by next week, but you need to get a gift shipped by tomorrow in order to have it delivered on time. Doing this will not only help you tackle that to-do list, but also ensure you’re focusing your time and attention on the most important tasks!
There’s no doubt that the holidays are a crazy time of year, and your schedule can fill up in the blink of an eye. Use these tips to stay organized and calm during the hectic holidays—no spiked eggnog required (alright, you can still have at least one glass).
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