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Dec 02 2013

How to Survive the Holidays

There’s so much to do and so little time or money to do it all! With Christmas about 3 ½ weeks away it’s time to organize your to-do lists so you can enjoy some Christmas peace. In order to pull it off, you are going to need to be a little organized. Fortunately for me my lovely wife (a business and life coach) is here with some tips!

1. Start with the big rocks.

Big Rocks are the things that matter.  If you can get nothing else done but these all is well.  Don’t waste your time on things that are not that important to your family. Who cares what that magical (fake) family does on TV—this is YOUR Christmas. The easiest way to make sure you include your family’s Big Rocks is to simply ask them which items are most important to them.

2. No is a complete sentence.

Don’t be afraid to say no to something, no matter how great it sounds, if you don’t have the time and/or money to do it.  There is no need to go into elaborate explanations; “No thank you.” is a complete sentence.

  • No, you don’t need to chip in on a gift that’s outside your budget.
  • No, you don’t have to compete for the biggest, brightest holiday home decorating contest.
  • No, you don’t have to buy a gift for everyone who got you one.
  • No, you don’t need to bake every Christmas cookie there is.

Stick with your priorities (see step one) and remember, for each “yes” you are saying “no” to something else. That something else is usually to your family (or your Christmas Peace).  We are all limited by our time, so it is important to keep our focus on what matters.

3. Start With a List.

With advance planning, you’ll have time to price out the gifts and experiences you are considering without feeling like you need to make a rush decision. Unless you enjoy that urgency and frenzy that is contagious in the malls and super stores when you shop without a list, avoid it and plan ahead.  By preplanning what you want you’ll have more time later to relax and enjoy that Pumpkin Spice Latte.

4. Avoid the trigger points.

Are there certain hot spots in your holidays that make it harder to enjoy the time together with your family? Identify these and find ways to reduce the heat.

  • Are you stressed about money? Then get your budget and savings in order.
  • Will cooking a big meal stress you out? Plan some easy dishes you can stash in the freezer or throw in the crockpot (personally I good with take out).
  • Want to make sweet memories (without texting)? Create some guidelines for unplugging and plan for some holiday fun—think adventure!  There are a lot of things going on right in our hometown.

Enter the holiday season mindful of what you want to include and what you want to avoid in your celebrations. In doing so, you’ll be able to tell your time as well as your money where to go this year.

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