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Tuesday, December 3, 2013
Time Management During the Holidays
If you are like most people, the Holiday Season is filled with extra activities, gatherings, and other tasks. Yet you
still have your carpools, commutes, jobs, and everything else that goes along with your everyday life. This time of the year
should be special, not stressful because you have tried to pack too much in to your days. My time management strategies during
the Holidays include the following.
My time management strategies during
the Holidays include the following.
Be realistic in your expectations: Realize that everything takes
some amount of time. When you plan your shopping, wrapping presents, or other projects-look at your week. Is it realistic?
Can one human being possibly accomplish everything that you have planned? If not, eliminate, restructure, or delegate.
Set aside time for the important things: If you have an important work deadline or home
project make sure that you have created time for it. Maybe you need to eliminate the Christmas caroling. Now if you have Christmas
caroled for years and this is truly special for you-maybe this would not be the item that you choose to take out of your schedule.
Evaluate and prioritize. The point is-that you do not have to say “yes” to every opportunity that arises in your
life. Choose to do the things that truly have a value for you in your life.
one thing at a time: To all the multi taskers out there–you are not being as effective as you could be if you did one
thing at a time. Now, sometimes multitasking is unavoidable, but for the most part, you do have control over whether you tackle
things one at a time or try to do multiple tasks at once. By focusing on one thing, you have a higher level of concentration
and will be able to accomplish more in a shorter amount of time.
procrastination: Most procrastination stems from fear-fear of the unknown or fear of not accomplishing something successfully.
Occasionally, you may procrastinate on tasks that you simply do not want to do-here is where you ask yourself if you can eliminate
it, delegate it or hire someone else to do it. Overcoming procrastination involves one simple idea-just start. Start your
task with some activity or aspect of the project. Remember that saying, “a body in motion tends to stay in motion”?
Live joyfully: truly enjoy the Holiday Season. Appreciate and be thankful for your friends,
your family, your home, your vehicle, your job….the list could go on and on. Be in a state of gratitude and love. Live joyfully.
time management strategies during the Holidays will ease tension and allow you to live in the moment. Have a blessed Holiday
Thanksgiving in the United States is one of my favorite holidays.
Here is my Thanksgiving top ten list.
1. Time with family members
2. Each member around the table shares thanks for all of the blessings throughout the year naming the most meaningful
events and people.
3. Football- Thanksgiving Day games
4. Laughing and great conversations.
5. Pumpkin and Pecan Pies
6. Cooking with family
7. Turkey dressing (not too big on eating the actual Turkey)
8. Shopping at the mall the day after Thanksgiving and going to Cheesecake Factory
for lunch with my kiddos.
9. Drinking champagne toasts
The thing that I keep in my mind is that each Thanksgiving is special and there are no "rules"
for a perfect day. No matter what happens the day is about the people we love:) I remember one year- when my daughter was
2 - she wiped out on a sled and scraped half her face on ice right before dinner. We still were able to settle in and enjoy
family- after we took care of her and got her comfortable. I guess my only real "rule" is that I allow myself to
plan and have certain expectations- but then give myself space to be flexible.
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