I think the best part of the holidays is all the days leading up to it like the shopping, decorating, wrapping gifts, playing music, and going to parties. But when the holidays are over, we are faced with putting all the reminders of our festivities away. Instead of feeling sad, I make this a fun project. I put in a Christmas movie (or maybe two or three) and take my time putting everything away in an organized manner. I have a separate container for each type of decoration. All my ornaments and tree decorations are in one. Other containers could include one for stocking things, one for garlands, and one for table linens. I also use this opportunity to purge any items that I didn’t use this year. When I am all finished and all the decorations are nicely stored away, I finish my movie with a glass of wine and kick up my feet with anticipation of next year!
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Life is busy! With our jobs, kids, home, fun, it can be hard to stay on top of it all. (Wasn’t there a song in the eighties about women doing it all??) Ugh! No one can do it all, nor should you try! But there are some things we can do to help us get more done each day.
One of those helpful tips is to create a list of your daily tasks and assign a regular time period for them. This has been one of the most efficient things I do for myself. For example, everyday I make my bed. (Yup it is true!) When I get out of bed, I make it right then. If I am changing the sheets that day, I change them right then. Two or three minutes and it is done. Other things, like check my email, are done a little later in the day. I also walk my dog, prepare my meals, go to the gym, meditate, etc. All these daily tasks have their own time slot.
Actually, by establishing these little routines, I am creating habits. Having these habits helps me be productive and move forward on my goals each day.
Now, if this stresses you, let me also say that within these habits, it is important to be flexible. I don’t make it to the gym everyday and sometimes my dog gets a game of fetch instead of a walk. But by having a time slot for each daily task, I tend to do more of them most of the time!
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The holidays are coming! The excitement builds and we vow to ourselves that THIS year, things will go smoothly. THIS year, you will get everything done. THIS year, it will not be stressful. And so on….
THIS year can be different! It all starts with a plan, a calendar, and a realistic expectation. If you know me at all, I love planning things and creating a checklist. This part is almost as fun for me and completing my tasks.
I like to start with making a list of everything you hope to do this holiday season. Each year, my daughter and I decorate a gingerbread house. It is one tradition for just the two of us. My list also includes decorating the house, setting up the tree, shopping, baking cookies, having friends over, and so on. Get very specific, for example, “having friends over” could mean one night with 10 friends or it could mean ten nights with each friend one-on-one.
Once your list is complete, take a look at your calendar and schedule each task or event. Start with what is most important to you. If you are having trouble finding time for something on your list, then it may not be realistic for you to try and squeeze it in. It is tough to eliminate something that sounds fun, but this is where a joyful holiday can become a stressful one. So fight the urge to put more on your calendar than is reasonable.
One solution to fitting it all on your calendar, is to simplify. Maybe you bake your sugar cookies from scratch. This year it might be okay to use a store bought mix. Maybe you have three Christmas trees. You could simplify and just put up one tree. See what I mean?
When all my holiday tasks and events are on my calendar, I can enjoy the season a little at a time without the stress!