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Can you believe that in less than a week, we will be in the holiday season already? Can someone tell me where 2018 went? I swear this year has gone by in the blink of an eye. I guess it’s true that time moves faster the older you get.
Soon, there will be countless holiday parties, cocktail hours, shopping excursions (umm Black Friday? I personally don’t participate in this one, but I do love me some Cyber Monday 😉 ).
The one thing about the holidays that I never loved, and always dread, is the feeling of overwhelm. There’s too much to do, on top of everything else that must get done – daily life doesn’t stop from Thanksgiving until the New Year, am I right? So many people to see. If you live in the town you grew up in, so many people come home to their families – so you feel obligated to meet up. Holiday cards, elaborate meals, decorating. This list goes on and on. And on.
Today, I want to share with you my favorite 5 tips that have helped me beat the feeling of overwhelm. I started doing these things before going tiny, and have improved my process ever since. Because the truth is: holidays aren’t supposed to be a chore. I hope you find these helpful and are able to implement 1 or 2, or even all 5 tips into your own life.
Decide what is most important for you for this holiday season
No one but you can decide what’s most important – although I can imagine that many will try to convince otherwise. You are the captain of your ship, and you alone get to choose. Now, if you have a job where there are extra demands on your time, that’s a little different. But for the most part, you are in total control.
The best piece of advice I have is this: don’t let anyone else dictate to you what you need to be doing with your time. It’s inconsiderate.
Plan out holiday activities or events on a calendar so you don’t miss them
After you’ve decided what’s most important to you, put those things on a calendar, and create appointments for those things. We don’t like to break appointments with anyone, because we are people of our word. By having those events or activities on your calendar, you can really see where you have free time or not. It’s also an easy way to avoid getting over scheduled.
You really can do it all, but not at the same time, and not always in the same season.
And that’s ok.
Make a list of the other things that you would like to get done, but aren’t critical
Make a seperate list of all the things you would like to get done during this season, but if they don’t happen, that would be ok. Again, you are the captain of your ship.
Some examples might be mailing out cards on a certain day. The truth is, those can really get mailed out anytime. No need to stress about that kind of deadline.
Make sure you have a plan in place to ensure that you are getting enough rest, proper nutrition and exercise
This is probably the most important tip I can give you. It is imperative that you take care of YOU first. This means eating right, getting exercise, and plenty of sleep. Only when you are taking care of you as well as you can, can you even begin to meet the needs of others.
Accept that you can’t make everyone happy all the time, especially during the holidays
No matter what, no matter how hard you try, there is no way that you will make everyone happy 100% of the time. Accept that as fact, and keep going. As a people-pleaser in remission, I still often struggle with trying to make everyone happy, but it’s much easier now that I know it’s not possible.
Knowing this also makes it easier to say no when you need to.
I am a big fan of planning things out – it brings so much clarity! If you want the same planner I use on the daily for the holidays, click here. Because I live in a tiny space, I like to do all of my planning on my desktop, so this pdf is totally fillable – yay for one less piece of paper!
What do you do t keep your holiday season cheerful? Please leave me a comment and let me know!