Are you drowning in “Post-It” notes all over your desk and fridge at home?
Christmas fast approaching, we are all in a mad rush to tick off our ever growing list of things to do. The problem is our list is growing bigger each day and it can become very overwhelming.
With work deadlines to meet, clients to keep happy and jobs to be completed. On top of this Christmas parties to attend, end of year school concerts and holidays to organise. Is it any wonder you start to think “Will I ever get all of this done!”
How can we make this easier on ourselves? Here are a few tips to help you stay on track so you will enjoy this time of year and not begin to dread it:
Prioritise those “To Do Lists”
Gather up those “Post-It” notes and open your calendar or diary. Enter the main tasks in that you need to achieve and allocate a day and time for each one. Once you have done this, allow an hour each day for all the little tasks and then throw those Post-It notes away!
Without looking at them all you will immediately feel so much more organised and able to focus on getting those jobs done.
Budget – If you have put some money away throughout the year for Christmas that is great! This takes the stress out of shopping and makes it more enjoyable not having to worry about dipping into your savings. If you haven’t this year make sure you start this in January for 2019.
Set a Social Calendar and Stick to it
You don’t have to go to every party, get together and family gathering. Pick out what is important to you and forgo the rest.
Take Time for Yourself
It’s your holiday season too and if you would rather sit at home and watch Netflix or take a bubble bath then do it. Odds are your friends and co-workers would be a bit envious and wished they did the same.
Don’t be Afraid to ask for Help
Have a meeting with your team at work and find out if there are any jobs you can delegate to your co-workers. They may be more than happy to take some jobs off you.
Ask family members at home to help out if they can. This not only helps you but makes everyone feel involved and part of the festivities. Whether it’s preparing food, helping out with the shopping or jobs around the house.
Congratulations you made it! You deserve to kick back and relax! You have worked hard and while there were a few hiccups along the way you did it all. Make the most of this time away from work and spend it with family and friends.
It’s also a good time to plan for the year ahead and fill your diary up with some things you want to achieve in 2019 at work and in your personal life.
By Kristen Walsh