Time Management Tips for the Holiday Season
The holidays are fast approaching, and this is about the time that adults grow more stressed as they consider the long to-do list and the schedule full of events. While you may feel the urge to channel your inner Grinch and cancel all of your holiday-related plans, consider these tips to help you smoothly sleigh-ride through the most wonderful – and busiest – time of the year.
Make lists. Make a grocery list so you grab everything in one visit. Make a gift-giving list so you can keep to your budget. Make a to-do list to check off. When you randomly think of something you should do or buy, or someone you should call or write, make a note so you remember.
Get organized. As you purchase gifts, keep them together and check them off your list. Keep your receipts so you’re ready for returns if needed. De-clutter your home before dragging out the holiday décor so you have room. Keep a calendar of important dates and events, so you don’t overbook yourself. Simply being organized can help you feel like you’ve got things under control.
It’s okay to say “no.” Decide which event or activity is most important to you and those with whom you celebrate. Attending a multitude of holiday parties or activities can be a challenge and could take a toll on your overall health. Choosing only a few events or activities can also help cut down the number of gifts you buy, travel you do and food you prepare.
Leave margin on your page. Give yourself some down time to rest and enjoy activities that make you feel at peace so you can truly enjoy the season. Leaving margin also means giving yourself adequate time to prepare, travel, recover and unpack. Scheduling too much in a short time frame will have you feeling stressed and ultimately unable to enjoy the moment.
Focus on one thing at a time. You can’t fully enjoy yourself if you’re thinking about what’s coming next or what’s left to do. Be present in the moment. Give the people you’re with your full attention.
Plan and prepare. Thinking and planning ahead is always key. Consider gift wrapping long before you need to or bake, and freeze treats ahead of time so you’re not scrambling at the last minute. Also, be willing to adjust as needed. Priorities can shift, and you don’t want to miss out on something important just because it wasn’t in the original plan.
With a little forethought and a little less stress, this season can be one to savor and enjoy which is something many of us need. We hope these tips help you and your family enjoy a joyous and happy season. From everyone at UNCLE Credit Union, Happy Holidays!