Most people don’t realize the little time between Thanksgiving and Christmas this year, so it’s understandable that so many of us are stressed out to do all that needs to be done. But should it be that way? Shouldn’t the holidays be a time for charity, family, and giving thanks? Well, if you feel like this time of year has you running ragged, here are six ways to simply slow down this holiday season and just enjoy quality time with your family and friends.
Homemade Is the Best Made
Making a gift that comes from the heart has quickly become the gift of choice as many attempt to “take back” the holidays. With sites such as Pinterest and Tumblr, you’ll find a plethora of ideas for making gifts as unique as the loved ones who are receiving them. And what a great lesson for the kids: the best gifts comes from the heart and are made by the hands!
Proper Planning Prevents Poor Performance
Have a well thought out plan this holiday season, but as any good project manager knows, make sure your plan has some slack. That is, when planning anything this holiday season, make sure to include time to have a relaxing beverage, take a break with the family, or just sit in silence – whatever allows you time to recharge and finish strong!
Centralized Command, Decentralized Execution
Otherwise known as delegation, there is nothing that says you have to do everything alone. Assemble your team and assign them duties according to their capabilities. For example, you might not want to give your significant other the gift list if he is easily distracted by shiny objects. Instead, if making dinner is right up his alley, then let him have at it!
Just say “No”
Between the parties, the tasks, and the social gatherings, the calendar is booked. Determine where your presence, and that of your family, is most needed. If it’s too difficult to decide, get the family involved to help make those tough decisions – they’ll appreciate being included in the decision making, and whatever you do attend will hold more meaning because you decided on it as a family.
You Can’t Please Everybody
Just like during weddings, it’s impossible to please everybody. The sooner you accept that, the more relaxed you’ll begin to feel. Those you love and those who love you understand this and appreciate you and your family more than anything you can buy them.
Hire Someone to Run Errands for You
So you aren’t crafty, horrible at planning, can’t delegate, are just too popular and feel the need to please everyone AND if you have a little disposable income, consider hiring a personal assistant! Some companies are staffed by seasonal workers or college students looking to make some additional money for the holidays. You save time and slow things down while helping others earn some extra cash – win win!
How do you manage to slow down during the holidays?