When it comes to getting ready for the holiday season, we don’t want to add to your workload, we’re here to help you manage it with 3 easy to follow tips to lighten your Holiday To Do List.
Our intention is to offer inspiration and tips to make your life easier and more fun!
1) Write a List
- Write out ALL of the things you wish to have prepared for your home and family for this holiday season. Getting all that out of your head and onto paper will lighten your energy instantly.
- Eliminate at least ONE of those items! (extra points for every item you eliminate!) A great way to decide what is not absolutely necessary to enjoying your holiday season is to ask the people you’re doing it for, "Is ‘this list item’ important?" You may be surprised what your loved ones actually appreciate about your holiday offerings.
- Break Your Remaining List Down into Doable Steps. Example: Bake Cookies. Break down into a) find the recipes b) make a grocery list of ingredients needed c) pick a day to bake the cookies, etc.
- Write your to-do items on your calendar. (Download Your Free Calendar Page Below)
- Do ONE step.
- Check in with yourself. Is there resistance? Then go do something else and come back later. If there is no resistance to the small step, keep going, do the next one. Repeat.
2) Make it a Party
- Invite your family members, neighbours and/or friends and do productive activities together. Set it up on a weekend or evening. Play music, serve party food and drinks or have everyone bring something so it's potluck.
- Decorate the tree together.
- Have your cookies baked (or purchased from the store!) and decorate them together.
- For the big holiday dinner, Jennifer asks each family member what their favorite dish is and then has them make it. This way they are all together, enjoying each others company instead of Jennifer being isolated in the kitchen doing all the work alone.
- Enjoy wrapping gifts by gathering all of your supplies into one place and then putting on good music, a podcast or t.v. program, pour a glass of something tasty. Wrap away.
3) Reward Yourself
We forget that we need to appreciate ourselves and our efforts. Once you’ve completed any item on your list, give yourself a treat. Tell yourself ‘way to go!’ no matter how small the accomplishment.
Laureen likes to soak in a bath with new bath salts.
You can enjoy a glass of wine. A warm drink by the fire. Jennifer rewards herself with popcorn and a her favorite book.
You’ll be surprised how rewarding yourself re-energizes you and gives you the motivation to continue checking things off your "To Do List".
Have fun! We'd love to hear YOUR ideas for easing your holiday to-do list.
3 Easy Ways to Lighten Your Holiday To-Do's
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