The busy Holiday season is just a few weeks away and many people are already overwhelmed by the amount of things that need to be done. It’s often a stressful time of year instead of one that is to be enjoyed. But, it doesn’t have to be that way.
Here are some time management tips that I personally use to avoid Holiday burnout and stress, in no particular order:
NO is a complete sentence.
You do not have to be all things for all people. You also do not have to attend every Holiday event and you do not have to agree to help with everything. If you can anticipate the ways that you get called in to help with Holiday activities, you can be proactive in saying NO – without giving a lengthy explanation.
Delegate and Delete
Create a free flowing, “brain dump” list of all the tasks that need to be completed before the end of December. This is just a list of tasks in the order that you think of them.
Once you have completed the list, look it over – what can you delegate to someone else?
Write a “D” next to those items. Look at the list again, what does not really need to be done? Cross those items out.
This is one of my favorite time management tools because it works! Time blocking is a technique of hyper-focus on ONE particular activity. In order for this to work, you must be as accurate as possible with the time it takes to complete a task. I also use this technique to break a large task into smaller chunks of time.
For example, lets say I’m going to send out Christmas cards and it’s going to take me 2 hours to complete the task. 2 hours breaks down into:
(2) one hour segments
(4) 30 minute segments
(8) 15 minute segments
Let’s say I am going to complete this task in one week. I’ll look at my weekly schedule and see where I can plug in the time to work on the cards. I like the (4) 30 minute segments. Once I plan that time in my schedule, I stick to it. For 30 minutes, I am ONLY focused on completing Christmas cards – I have turned off all distractions, I have my supplies ready to go and I complete the task.
Putting these three tips into action will help reduce the stress and “rushing around” during the Holiday season. I’d love to hear how any of these tips were helpful to you! Please send me an email at MelissatheCoach@gmail.com
*UPCOMING EVENTS *REMINDER*
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Small Business Saturday event, November 25th
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Webinar, Thursday December 7th, 8pm-9pm
Topic: Goal Setting for 2018
Tips for short and long term goal setting for the New Year!
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NOTE: There is NOT a replay for this webinar and you will need to view it from your computer.
November 15th-December 31st via email and private Facebook Group.
What goals do you want to accomplish before the end of the year?
(it can be any goal, not just financial)
You send me your goals and actionable steps and I’ll hold you accountable to those to help you finish the year STRONG and have momentum going into 2018.
Fee: $39 *no refunds
Weekly email will be send out starting November 15th.
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Register HERE no later than November 14th.
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