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5 Steps to Stress-free Holidays

Whether you’re an uber-busy executive or a garden-variety procrastinator, the holidays can put anyone over the edge. Let’s de-stress the holidays by doing some simple planning – I’ll even show you my party planner tool. Then you can actually enjoy the time with friends and family.

1. Work backwards

Look at a paper calendar and read it backwards from the event date, penciling in must-do-by dates along the way. You’ll discover when a task needs to begin and can schedule everything on your personal calendar with reminders. The work will flow smoothly and you’ll get things done in time.

2. Learn to delegate
You don’t have to do it all. Get your kids involved with age-appropriate jobs like grocery shopping, decorating, or stuffing cards into envelopes. Call the cleaning lady, give your spouse specific chores.  Who knows – you might get used to a little more help!

3. Learn to say no
Just because you fell prey to extra obligations last year doesn’t mean you need to do that again. Ask yourself if the obligation is moving you closer to any of your goals. If not, say no and avoid yet another distraction.

4. Know your budget
Whether we’re rushed or over-enthusiastic, it’s easy to overspend on parties and gifts. Planning ahead could save you costly last-minute purchases. Even if you haven’t budgeted for the holiday, it’s not too late.  Look for inexpensive options for party goods and gifts. They’re usually the most creative, too.

5. Make time intentional
When you know your budget and your priorities, you’ll find yourself making time for the things you care about and that’s more satisfying. Give yourself and your loved ones the gift of time together!

6. Help for your party is a click away!
If planning a holiday party is going to put you over the top, I can help!  Make an appointment so you and I can work through what you want to accomplish and make a plan to get it all done. You’ll clearly see all the steps needed to pull off a fabulous party. When we’re finished, I’ll send you a copy of the plan. Here’s what it includes:

  • A calendar with scheduled tasks
  • Shopping lists
  • A sketch of your seating arrangement
  • Event day timeline
  • Logistics for a “portable” party

Get started on a brighter holiday. Call me at 708-415-3994 or make an appointment today!

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