It’s just the right time to start planning ahead for the most wonderful time of the year. Here are some time management tips for the holidays that will help keep the stress to a minimum.
We are right there. In my mind, Halloween is the kick-off to the busiest time of year. Every year I tell myself that I am going to be more organized, no last-minute runs to the mall or the grocery store. I tell myself that I am going to stick to a budget and that the holidays will be stress-free. And every year none of those things happen.
Honestly, the failure to plan ahead is what makes the holidays so stressful. Now, I know that a stress free Thanksgiving dinner or Christmas morning isn’t possible for everyone. I mean, I can’t make your crazy uncle not tell inappropriate jokes at the dinner table, and there’s always a chance that your odd third-cousin, twice-removed will sip a little too much eggnog under the tree, but you can control the meal planning, gift giving, house cleaning and much of the other stuff that goes on.
Lists are key. Make a list of for Holiday Gift Giving. Be sure to include a budget. Other lists to create are a Thanksgiving meal and shopping list, holiday card list and menus. I keep my lists in my planner or on my phone so that they are in one place and readily available.
I have a free Thanksgiving Preparations printable you can download over HERE.
There are so many things that you can hire out for. Cleaning, gift wrapping, envelope addressing, hanging lights on the house. Honestly, the list is endless. I have always been the type of person that hates spending money on things I could do myself. But then I find myself procrastinating, especially if it’s something I don’t enjoy doing. Hiring people to do those things has been a game changer. You can find people by posting on apps like Nextdoor or even Facebook!
The time is now to make these appointments! Hair, nails, house cleaners, whatever! Shops and salons book up fast during the holidays and the last thing you want is to be scrambling to find an opening in someone’s schedule.
Don’t be afraid to say no. It’s okay to not participate in the cookie exchange or not go to all three parties in one night that you were invited to. It’s a hard thing to do, but overextending yourself is worse. Don’t wait until the last minute to cancel, and be honest. Trust me, people know that your cat isn’t sick, so don’t lie.
Wear a Watch
In order to help you with your holiday time management, I have partnered with Jord wooden watches to giveaway $100 gift towards a watch! The watches are exquisitely made. I have the Frankie in Ebony and Gold, and I’m in love.
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