Tuesday, 05 November 2019 07:09

The holidays are just around the corner!

I love this time of year. The holidays are just around the corner! Family, friends, gatherings and loads of fun, but it can turn into a frenzy of errands, shopping, activities and a general panic about too much to do!!

Two weeks ago I gave you my action plan, which I hope you found helpful. Here are 10 MORE tips to get you through the holidays relaxed and stress-free:

  1. Prepare and plan. Think about previous years – what worked and what didn’t. Make a list of everything, I mean EVERYTHING you have to do until the end of the year
  2. Set a budget for the holidays and stick to it. Allocate accordingly to gifts, dinner, outings etc. This way you won’t overspend.
  3. Allocate time to tasks, and start now
  4. Break your list down into smaller lists. Be specific – know who you are buying gifts for and the budget for each gift. Have a list of what you need to provide for the Christmas dinner, and buy as much as you can well ahead of time. Know what activities are planned, how long they will take, where there are.
  5. Don’t go shopping without your lists. Plan your shopping trips and be prepared.
  6. Think ahead, give yourself more time to get to places and appointments. Don’t rush, remember this should be a happy time!
  7. Make sure you don’t have too much going on in the same day. Try and allocate a chore, then something fun and relaxing.
  8. Don’t do it all yourself. See what you can delegate to other members of the family.
  9. Do half as much as you want to do. Get the kids to stay home and entertain themselves occasionally. Buy a cake instead of stressing about baking one.
  10. KEEP IT SIMPLE. Wrap all your presents in the same paper and ribbon. Don’t do five deserts for Christmas dinner, choose one or two amazing deserts that are easy to do. Accept only the invitations you really want to be at. Don’t feel obliged to attend everything – you will just be exhausted.

And above all, remember it’s the holidays. It’s the time to be jolly, be with those you love, relax and have fun after a long year.

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