The Holiday season is coming up fast and I wanted to share my tips on managing time during this fun, family oriented, yet exhausting season. If you are like most people, the Holiday Season is filled with extra activities, gatherings, and other tasks. Yet you still have your carpools, commutes, jobs, and everything else that goes along with your everyday life. This time of the year should be special, not stressful because you have tried to pack too much in to your days. My time management strategies during the Holidays include the following:
Be realistic in your expectations: Realize that everything takes some amount of time. When you plan your shopping, wrapping presents, or other projects-look at your week. Is it realistic? Can one human being possibly accomplish everything that you have planned? If not, eliminate, restructure, or delegate.
Set aside time for the important things: If you have an important work deadline or home project make sure that you have created time for it. Maybe you need to eliminate the Christmas caroling. Now if you have Christmas caroled for years and this is truly special for you-maybe this would not be the item that you choose to take out of your schedule. Evaluate and prioritize. The point is-that you do not have to say “yes” to every opportunity that arises in your life. Choose to do the things that truly have a value for you in your life.
Do one thing at a time: To all the multi taskers out there–you are not being as effective as you could be if you did one thing at a time. Now, sometimes multitasking is unavoidable, but for the most part, you do have control over whether you tackle things one at a time or try to do multiple tasks at once. By focusing on one thing, you have a higher level of concentration and will be able to accomplish more in a shorter amount of time.
Avoid procrastination: Most procrastination stems from fear-fear of the unknown or fear of not accomplishing something successfully. Occasionally, you may procrastinate on tasks that you simply do not want to do-here is where you ask yourself if you can eliminate it, delegate it or hire someone else to do it. Overcoming procrastination involves one simple idea-just start. Start your task with some activity or aspect of the project. Remember that saying, “a body in motion tends to stay in motion”?
Live joyfully: truly enjoy the Holiday Season. Appreciate and be thankful for your friends, your family, your home, your vehicle, your job….the list could go on and on. Be in a state of gratitude and love. Live joyfully
Following effective time management strategies during the Holidays will ease tension and allow you to live in the moment. Have a blessed Holiday Season.