1)Focus on What's most Important
No time to write Christmas cards? Feeling anxious every time one drops on the mat? Ask yourself which are the most important people that need a card? - Maybe your old aunt who's not managed to master email? Try sending messages on social media or announce a donation to a charity. Without a doubt your friends will be grateful you're soothing their own guilt.
2) Drop High-Stress Rituals
The panto, ballet, elf on a shelf, grotto's, carol singing, Santa train, Christmas eve box, Santa letter, PNP video, home-made advent calendar... Do you feel frazzled just at the thought of them? If you're over-planned but struggling to deliver, make a switch. True, families thrive on traditions, but it's less about the event itself, which your kids may have outgrown, and more about time together. Drop expensive, high-stress rituals in favour of something simple. Or just the ones they really love.
3) Be Satisfied with "Good Enough"
Ask, "If I don't do this, what will happen?". Don't always go for bigger and better. Does the tree have to be handpicked from an enchanted forest? Will it ruin Christmas day if you haven't got 7 types of veg? Think back to the most magic memories you have as a child and they will likely be based on more simple rituals.
4) Remember to Have Fun!
Give yourself permission to reclaim a bit of festive fun + let go a little. At the same time as you're planning your party dress, don't forget to book your childcare. Booking a babysitter an hour earlier than you're out the door gives the kids time to settle and you time to get ready without someone calling for you. You can even book a babysitter for the morning after the night before + recover in peace...
5) Love your Lists
Getting things down on paper can really help you stay sane in the silly season. With everything on your plate it's easy to buy a gift twice or miss someone off your list. Even planning meals on paper can prevent you from buying enough food to last you til Easter.
You can't do everything so divide chores between your family and if you have visitors to share the burden, you can even delegate childcare to a babysitter so you have time to get those roots or nails done or just get the house or presents organised.
7) Hold on to Everyday Routines
If the kids need downtime or you like to read for half an hour before bed, don't give that up in favour of yet another Christmas chore. If escaping on a date night with your partner keeps you sane... Keep it that way. Our everyday practises help calm and centre us.
8) Cut the Gift List
Rein in gift exchanges that have been outgrown or lost their meaning. Limit gifts to children only to organise a secret Santa for the wider family or friendship groups. Shop on the web and tie in with friends on 3 for 2's. If you want to hit the high street, book childcare so you can enjoy browsing and lunching without the whinging.
9) Limit Travel if you can
No one likes long car journeys. If you have to see both yours and your partner's families and a plethora of relative to boot, why not arrange to see one set a few weeks before/after Christmas. It's really difficult for children to maintain first rate behaviour when doing the rounds of friends and relatives and not everyone remembers what it's like to have young children.
10) Don't be Afraid to Say no!
Relax by looking at what you can or can't do. Instead of having pre-Christmas drinks with every group of friends + work colleagues, how about pushing some back to the new year? This gives you a little pick me up when the Christmas cheer has faded.
11) Make sure your fridge is working
You'll need a nice cold glass of win when it's all over and you're finally able to binge watch your box sets in peace. Bliss!
Post Reference - https://www.sitters.co.uk/blog/top-11-christmas-tips.aspx
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I hope this was helpful.
I did some research and came up with my favourite tips on how you can be more productive. I’ve only included the ones that worked well for me but if you would like to know more, I have linked the websites I used as reference at the bottom of the post.
Put your tasks on a Calendar
I know this may seem like an obvious one but being able to see what I need to do during the day helps to keep me motivated. There is this great app I found called HabitBull that remarkably kept me on track of what I needed to do throughout the week. I would highly recommend it if you have an android or iOS. If not, make sure to keep looking back at your calendar every now and then to make sure you’re getting through your goals.
Do your most important tasks first
Getting the big stuff out of the way makes the rest of your tasks look like a breeze. Especially, if you’re on a tight deadline. Try not to let anything distract you and make sure that you get that oh most important job done. It may get difficult to concentrate if you are a pro procrastinator but don’t worry you can do this. I believe in you!
Focus on one thing at a time
Oh high school… Do you miss the urgency of all the different types of homework you had to get done for a certain time? No? GOOD! Don’t get stressed trying to get everything done at once. It won’t end well. Trust me. Even though I couldn’t get everything done this week I still progressed a lot. So, I would highly recommend that you step back and look at what you need to do. Take your time because it will enable you to get those creative juices flowing. You’ll be done in no time!
Stick to your schedule
I found that setting reminders on my phone helps to keep me on schedule. If you are a pro procrastinator like me then you will probably take many breaks and end up not doing 3/4 of the stuff that you planned on completing. If you push yourself to stick to your schedule, you’ll end up making a habit out of it and getting small to big tasks done will get easier. Keep up the good work!
Take regular breaks
Taking breaks are important in anything you do. Depending on what you do depends on what type of break I would recommend. Say you’re going to be on the computer most of the day. Take 20-minute breaks every 2 hours. Stretch out, go for a walk, read, anything that will keep your focus off the screen. If you aren’t using a screen but are sitting down a lot, then again, I would recommend that you stretch out. Your body will start to ache after a while so make sure that you keep the blood flowing. If you’re doing something active for the majority of the day, then you can take a seat to rest those tired bones.
Set yourself goals the day before
Knowing what I plan to do the next day is a great motivator for me. I get up, get ready and instantly want to start to make progress on my projects. Granted this is similar to writing your tasks on a calendar but, the calendar is for the BIG TASKS, goals are just the little things you do here and there. So, next time you want to be productive, test it out by writing what you plan on doing the next day. If you complete those little goals for a week then you are ready for the calendar.
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