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Working through the holidays

The holiday season is upon us. Tomorrow we celebrate Veterans Day, and while it isn't the frenzied cook enough food for an army and make sure the house is spotless sort of holiday, it marks the beginning of the end. At least in terms of having a normal schedule. How will you continue to get work done when the in-laws arrive? When the children are off school? When the note comes home reminding you that you signed up to bake 100 cupcakes for the event tomorrow?

Plan now. Pull out your calendar, look at your deadlines, look at other events coming up, and plan now. Christmas may be forty four days away, but if you start shopping now, when all the deadlines that happen in December start piling up, you're not going to be as stressed. Cooking a big meal for either Thanksgiving or Christmas? There's no law that says you have to do it all that day. Have people coming for the big event bring something. Cook things ahead of time and freeze them. Are you a big decorator? Don't wait until the last minute. Start now. Put out a few things little by little.

Maybe your deadline is right after the holidays. Don't put it off until the holidays are over. That'll only make those last few days a frenzied mess after an already stressful season. Take your goal, break it into smaller chunks, and figure out what small step you can do each day to get it accomplished on time to minimize stress.

The holidays don't have to be stressful. And you don't have to give up hope on getting any work done during that time if you plan ahead.


  • Jan Parrish 5 years ago

    Plan A and Plan B for getting work done. Then again, a plan C might be helpful as well.

    Give yourself permission not to go to every holiday party and event.