Skip The Stress And Make Your Holiday Season Happy Again
The holidays bring many social gatherings, expenses related to gifts, and festive parties to attend. However, the holidays can be quite a stressful season. But the good news is: they don’t have to be! Here’s how to organize your calendar for the holidays:
Start by hosting a family meeting at a table where you can all see your month-at-a-glance calendar. Have everyone take turns to share what is most meaningful to them for the upcoming holiday season.
They should also mention any events that should be included in the planning process. Set aside time for special family activities like ice skating, putting up lights, and selecting your tree. The holidays can stretch over a few months, so you may want to download this 6 month view calendar. You can access the entire printables vault here.
Once you have a better idea of what’s happening for the month, organizing your calendar in these three areas should be a snap! First, we’ll look at organizing your budget, then your time management, then any changes in your routines you might need to make in order to fit in all the events.
Money and Budgeting Tips
Buying Christmas gifts can easily become overwhelming, so here’s a simple tip to make sure you’re not splurging on too many gifts this holiday season. Start by writing a list of everyone you’re shopping for or go ahead and grab The Ultimate Holiday Planner.
Next, with your gift shopping list in hand, select a budget for each person. By setting aside a certain amount of cash for each person and intentionally looking in catalogs and online shops ahead of time, you can avoid much of the last-minute holiday rush.
Time Management Tips
When you’re planning out your month, take a few minutes to find out what time the post office closes each day and when the grocery stores start getting really busy. By planning to intentionally avoid long lines, you won’t waste time rushing or waiting in line!
Tips for Handling Changes in the Routine
In addition to asking your family members what events will be the most meaningful to them during the holiday season, list key holiday responsibilities and figure out who is most interested in which ones.
These could include decorating the tree and home, baking and cooking for guests, and shopping for presents and wrapping them! By giving each family member the opportunity to pick the responsibilities they would most enjoy, you’re giving them the opportunity to take initiative on the traditions they love best.
Even better, you can create checklists of the specific tasks required to complete each job so nobody overlooks an important detail.
By keeping your holidays simple, you can make sure to focus on spending time together as a family. Instead of stressing, organize your calendar to make sure the work is balanced, take time for yourself, and focus on the spirit of the season this year.
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