My life is bursting with work, I own a Coaching/Consulting (Brentwood Life Coach) business and I have a full family life with sports, appointments, school events, meetings, carpools, and not to mention household chores. But during the holiday season my to do lists seems to triple in size. There is always a temptation to scale back in December, to let my business run on fumes. Since I my GOAL is to finish well this year, I came up with some tips that help me push through to the end of the year.
1. Don’t be an over achievers when it comes to decorating, baking and buying gifts. I only bake for my family, so if the school needs some baked goods they will likely come in a plastic container from the local super market. Baking is hard work and I would rather spend the evening playing a game or hanging out with my family than baking and cleaning up the kitchen at 10pm. I also have scaled back on decorating my home and tree. These last few years I found that a little goes a long way. I take out less boxes from storage and decorate only one big tree and let the kids decorate another one. I have enjoyed my sparse decorating just as much as I did my extravagant glitz from precious years.
2. Schedule time to plan and dream. Each week in December I set aside time to dream, plan my week, and gather my thoughts. This helps me find balance and keep the right perspective. When I don’t take the time to do this I feel frazzled and waste time doing things that aren’t part of my plan. I sit with my planner, to do lists, short-term and long-term goals, and my favorite beverage. The location of this meeting with yourself is important, I usually choose a warm spot near a window. A comfortable place with few distractions and interruptions is ideal.
3. Keep the routines going When everyone is out shopping and attending parties the tendency is to go off schedule with your work day, but don’t. Stay on schedule, keep those regular hours and seize the day. When you attend a holiday party, don’t blow off the rest of the afternoon, you may find that you will be more productive after a fun party because you are in a jolly mood, I do my best work when I am feeling festive. Set up those appointments you have been putting off all year-long. Meet those people who have been busy week after week, chances are you may catch them with more time during the days leading up to Christmas because work has slowed down. Or you might have reached them in their holiday jolly mood and they are eager to meet with you. I get more done with tying up loose ends with my business in the days between Christmas and New Year’s Day. Try it out.
Stay the course and don’t drop the ball (no pun intended). Scale back on the things that could be simplified or eliminated. Schedule a meeting with yourself to brain storm and dream before the new year begins. And keep pushing through to the end.
Merry Christmas, Happy Hanukkah, and Happy New Year