Welcome, this week we are continuing our journey to a Stress Free Holiday Season. By starting early, having a plan, and following a plan, you set yourself up for success.
If you’ve missed previous posts –
- Week #1 – Mentally create the holiday of your dreams.
- Week #2 – List all the activities you currently participate in during the holidays.
- Week #3 – Categorize these activities – how much do you enjoy doing them?
- Week #4 – Break down each activity into the smallest possible next step.
Last week you broke down each activity (sending Christmas cards, baking cookies, decorating the tree, hosting out-of-town guests, . . .) into the absolute smallest steps. It’s possible that “Send Christmas Greetings” is actually a 10 step process!
Once you broke each activity down into the smallest possible action steps, you then assigned start and end dates for each task.
Lots of moving parts! No wonder it’s easy to start to feel stressed in November and December. We have more responsibilities in a compressed time frame – and we are also managing expectations.
Note: The last few posts I’ve encouraged you to delete some activities. This is another excellent time to look at your list – do you REALLY want to do everything on your list? Are you doing some activities because “it’s tradition”? If so, do the stakeholders in this “tradition” still feel the same way? Maybe they are no longer excited about cutting down a live Christmas tree. But they would be thrilled to make Hot Chocolate, look through old photos or videos (we all have Christmas videos!!) and reminisce.