The festive period is well and truly upon us, which means that you no doubt have a million thoughts and ideas whizzing around your head. There is a lot to do at this time of year so you will probably have even more on your plate than usual, which is why today we want to share with you a few tips about how to stay on track this Christmas.
4 tips for how to stay on track this christmas
Your to-do list is your best friend
This month, your to-do list is your best friend. You need to get absolutely everything that is flying around your head out of there and onto paper, and avoid procrastinating over it.
It is best to keep all of your plans, gift lists, Christmas card lists, activities, arrangements and must-do tasks all in one place. If you keep them all on separate bits of paper you will feel even more disorganized. Grab a notebook, or use an app if you prefer, and start drawing up lists around everything that you need to do.
Along with festive plans, ensure that you cover off some of the basics around your home this month so that everything continues to run smoothly. You don’t want to have a drain cleaning emergency over the holidays or find that you need repair that fence that has been threatening to fall down for several weeks now. Add a few maintenance chores to that list too and get them out of the way so that you can relax.
Get everyone’s input
Before you make all of the final preparations for Christmas, ensure that you get everyone’s input. You might be happily coasting along in the misguided belief that your kids want to go to the normal Santa Claus visit that they do every year, when actually they have different ideas for this year.
Take the time to check with your family what they all want to do this year and take note of any special family activities that they would love to take part in.
Similarly, ask everyone for their wishlist for Christmas food – everybody has that one thing that they really want! That way you will know that you will have everyone covered and there won’t be any last minute changes of plan to contend with.
One thing at a time
The temptation can be to attempt to tackle everything all in one go. If you try this you are likely to end up frazzled and you are probably going to miss one or two things out. It is easier to take everything one thing at a time.
Break down the next two to three weeks and assign each weekend an activity. You can then look at the tasks that you need to do, such as buying presents, wrapping gifts, preparing food and so on, and pop them into your diary one by one.
By doing it this way, you will see that everything is manageable and you should be able to savor each moment.
Remember, nothing is ever perfect!
Finally, do remember that nothing is ever perfect.
Expect that some things will not go to plan and roll with it. Relax and enjoy the festivities as they come around and revel in spending time with loved ones.