Overcoming Over-Commitment During the Holidays

A few suggestions for a stress-free holiday season 

What can you eliminate and/or simplify this year so that it truly is a time of celebration, thankfulness and joy?

Think/reflect on past experiences and routines.

  • What do you love the most?
  • What do you dread the most?
  • Ask others what they remember and/or love about your holiday traditions.
  • Have you out-grown any traditions?

Make a list of all of the things you feel needs to be done.

  • Purchase/retrieve Christmas tree
  • Purchase/retrieve decorations
  • Outdoor decorations
  • Make your gift-giving list
  • Menu/grocery item list
  • House cleaning / “fix” list
  • Purchase/plan for Christmas cards

After you make your lists, get your calendar and record all intended engagements, appointments and commitments.

  • School events
  • Church events
  • Work parties/events
  • Hair/nail appointments
  • Family visits

Plan for and pencil-in the time for the additional things to-do from you holiday preparations list:

  • Christmas cards
  • Baking
  • Wrapping
  • Post office
  • Shopping (with/without kids)
  • Indoor decorations
  • Outdoor decorations
  • Pets’ groomed

Review your list and see if all “fits”. Have you have over-committed?

What could you eliminate, simplify, delegate or outsource?



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