This is a very busy time of year. As a working Mom you have all of the regular balls to juggle – work, Momming, wifing, and now you have the extra balls that come with the holiday season – gift buying, gift wrapping, baking, parties, not to mention Elf on The Shelf (I’m convinced that this was created by someone who was not a parent.)
So, if you notice that you feel more overwhelmed and worried about how you will possibly get it all done, I have a few tips I want to share with you that will help.
First, clean out your mind of all of the things.
The simple act of making a To Do List is really the act of cleaning out all of things that are swirling around in your mind – that you should do, that you “need” to do, that you want to do. This frees up some mental space for logical thinking and planning.
Next, remind yourself that you don’t have to do it all.
After you have your To Do List, consider how you can constrain it.
What can you DELETE from it right away? These are things that you really don’t want to do and that you are okay with the consequences of not doing. Maybe it’s cutting out one of the holiday parties, maybe it’s participating in just one charitable event, maybe it’s choosing not to buy gifts for a few people.
What can you DELEGATE? Consider employing your elves or budding entrepreneurs (kiddos) to help out. They can wrap gifts, help with the Christmas cards, decorate, etc. I am hiring my son to wrap gifts for me this year. It’s a great solution because he wants to make money and I have a job that he can do for me that is extremely helpful. This is a win-win for both of us.
What can you DEFER to a future Christmas? Maybe you wanted to put up an extra set of lights this year but does that really need to happen right now? Can you just put it into your planning for next year? What is truly essential?
The rest of the list gets scheduled. DECIDE how much time you will allocate for each item, plug it into your calendar, and then just follow your plan.
If you do the planning properly and follow your plan, there will be no reason to feel overwhelmed or worry about not getting it all done. You can just look at your calendar and see that it’s all as good as done.
And that means – you get to sick back and ENJOY yourself through all of it.
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