When you are stretched beyond your capacity, the holiday season can start to feel like just another item on your to-do list. It only comes once a year and it’s the best time to create family memories that will last a lifetime. If you are organized and methodical in your approach to the holidays, you might actually get to enjoy them instead of just frantically running around. Christmas planning checklists can help you focus in on what needs to be done both at home and with your business. If you start today, you can avert the annual holiday meltdown and be ready to embrace the season.
Make a plan. Will you be taking time off for the holidays? What tasks will need to be covered during that time? Are there things that you can be doing now that will lighten your load during December? Keep in mind that most people get into holiday mode as it gets closer to Christmas. If you include that “wind-down” into your plans, it will have less of an impact on your business.
If you start today, you can avert the annual holiday meltdown and be ready to embrace the season.
Put activities on a calendar. At this time of year, you need to sync your work and home calendars. There are lots of networking events and end of year dinners, but you definitely can’t allow anything to conflict with those all-important school pageants. It’s also a good idea to decide as a family which days you’ll be visiting grandparents, friends, aunts and uncles so that nobody is disappointed.
Create a master gift list. Will you be giving gifts to your employees and clients? Write out all the names and think about what they might like. People appreciate it when you put some thought into their gift. For the busy mompreneur, online shopping is a life saver. It allows you to avoid the crowds and do all of your shopping in your pyjamas while drinking a cup of tea. It is also a good idea to have a few generic gifts on hand just in case somebody surprises you.
Plan your menus. Cooking is often the most time consuming task of the holidays. The countless days of celebrating with friends and family quickly add up. If you plan your meals ahead of time, you can start making grocery lists and even do some shopping. If you are feeling particularly ambitious, get a jump on your holiday baking this weekend. Cookies freeze well and it’ll be one less thing to do in December.
Remember how much you used to enjoy the holidays when you were a child? Don’t allow the hectic pace of the season destroy the magic of it. This is the best time of year to sit back and enjoy time with your family and friends. Get everything out of the way ahead of time and all that’ll be left to do is sit back and wait for Santa to arrive.