We are sharing our top tips to be a little less stressed heading into the holiday cray!
Like most busy professionals, and stay at home moms or dads (hard work) you probably have a giant list of work to finish up before the holiday break ahead. So much work you have imagined sitting at your desk long after everyone else has set off onto their holidays. Don’t fall into the ‘too busy’ trap, with some careful prioritization you can figure out and focus on what’s really important. Make a list, we prefer paper (paper junkies) but there are so many amazing list making apps out there. Have you seen some? Divide your tasks and projects into urgent, secondary and long term. Move the long term ones to January, and don’t feel guilty about it, nope, not guilty at all. You can still get them done before the end of the year if you so wish, but this way you’re making it more clear. Having this clear divide lets you focus on what needs to be done first without getting overwhelmed by the stuff that can totally wait. By focusing on the here and now you will likely find yourself ahead of schedule. We love being ahead!
2. Double Down on Productivity
You know that hour long commute you make to and from work each day – tick more off your list by scheduling what you can into that space. Sometimes it is switching the time around a bit. Groundbreaking we know, but when was the last time you actually took that advice? You’ll be amazed at what you can achieve. Driving? Listen to a relevant podcast or schedule in that conference call that normally takes up half your morning (hands free, of course). On the train? Perfect, dive straight into your emails, we bet you can get through most of them by the time you get into your office. Sounds like more to do, but it is worth it in the end.
3. Make note of what matters to you
What do you love most about this time of year? Is it the warmer weather in the Southern Hemisphere? OH we must be dreaming! The Snow in the Northern Hemisphere? This is more our reality. The big Christmas lunch you share with family and friends? Is it giving to others? Your Hanukkah traditions? What is it that makes your heart melt this time of year? Why does it need to be stressful?
Whatever you look forward to, spend a minute picturing it, write it down, reflect, maybe meditate and let it serve as your inspiration and motivation to push yourself to achieve everything you want it to be. Sometimes we over think and over plan. Maybe it is doing less, but feeling more!
4. Reflect - close to step 3 just more deep!
What have you been through this year? Good, bad, happy or sad? What have you accomplished? What were some goals met? Most importantly, what have you learned- again good or bad? Remind yourself of all your experiences in 2018, the lows and the highs. We can walk away with much good if we practice this reflection. Pat yourself on the back for the challenges you have overcome and the personal and professional achievements you have made or strive for. There is a new year and new beginning ahead. Say it out loud maybe, or journal it, it might feel a little silly at first but the power of positive affirmation is incredible!
5. Set Goals
Rather than setting those unattainable new years resolutions, yuck, who really meets those anyways? focus on setting very specific mini goals that are stepping stones to a larger dream. We love those dreams! Break goals down into step by step processes and set milestones for certain dates. We are working on this too. Make them achievable and realistic, as some dreams can be super big! Set reminders, and create a chart or visual dream board- list that you can put above your desk, or simply where you can see it, reach for it, make it happen. Knowing where you’re headed will help you remain calm and clear in your everyday life. We could use more calm and less cray cray!
Once you blink - another year has passed and those new goals will be set.
NOW get your party, happy, holiday pants on and enjoy your family + friends.
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