This time of the year can feel overwhelming. I’m always amazed at how just coming up with a game plan can bring me so much peace. Knowing that I’ve got a plan helps me to just focus on the next thing in sight. If we don’t have a plan, we will inevitably feel like we are going in a lot of different directions. Know what happens when we “spin our wheels” in a ton of directions? We end up going nowhere.
Another benefit of a plan is you can visually see if you are overloading yourself. If you can’t reasonably fit in all the activities you want to do, then you know you’ve planned too much and can lower expectations!
Make a plan. Simplify.
My go to planning is to take a checklist and actually apply it to a calendar. It is that step that turns goals into real plans. Do I end up following my calendar exactly? Hardly ever, but usually pretty close and it always helps.
Here is the Checklist I started with:
- Decorate for Christmas
- Put away all the decoration boxes
- Write letters to Santa
- Christmas Craft
- Christmas Shopping
- Holiday Parties
- Address Christmas Card envelopes
- Mail cards and gifts
- Kids’ Christmas Shopping
- Gingerbread Houses
- Wrap presents
- Deep clean house before guests and festivities
- Plan Christmas Menu & Shop for groceries
- Deliver Teacher Gifts
- Volunteer at School parties
- Goodie Baking and Making (for delivering)
- Goodie Deliveries
- Treat Making (for the holiday)
- Christmas Eve Traditions
- Nativity Play
- Secret Santa
- Put Away Christmas
- Prepare for New Year
Here is how I applied it to a calendar: Important to remember about making your calendar – put down every single thing and sync calendars in every way you can.
Things that may not make the checklist, but should be remembered:
- Buy Stamps, Batteries, and Extra Hostess Gifts
- Charge batteries for video camera and regular camera
- Setup gift wrapping station, because having things out and accessible makes it so easy to wrap a gift real quick when you need to be somewhere with a gift.
Here are some things I’ve written already that might help:
What do you think? Anything else on your holiday task list?
I hope this list helps you feel a little more put together. Many blessings to you for your best Christmas yet!
Merry Christmas & Happy New Year!
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