It’s that time of year again! Christmas and the New Year are fast approaching, and you find yourself scrambling to manage work and preparing for the holidays. This is perhaps the busiest time of year. There doesn’t seem to be enough time in the day to get it all done! Whether it’s buying gifts for everyone on your list, preparing to host a holiday party or travel out of town, or baking and cooking, the holidays can be overwhelming. Add work deadlines on top of that, now you’re really stressed. Not to mention other household errands, fitness routines, and social life. Juggling all of these things has the power to stress you out, but all that stress does is take away the joy of the holiday season & makes you less productive at work.
We want to share some quick tips to help manage your schedule this holiday season. These hacks will help you to stay organized and make the most out of your time. You’ll stay on top of work and have time left over to enjoy the holiday season.
1.Write your to-do list & your gift list, don’t just manage it in your head
This is one of the oldest tricks in the book, but it works! It’s simple: write things down, so you don’t have to remember them! The trick is to write a to-do list day-by-day instead of for the whole week. Your week is subject to change, as things come up unexpectedly. You should have a general idea of what your week looks like, however it’s better to make a to-do list each night for the very following day. Be realistic with how much you put on your list.
Have lots of family members and friends to shop for this year? Write down your gift list! Make a list of everyone you’re buying for, what you’re getting them, and cross off their names as you go. You might be so busy to the point you feel you don’t have time to write things down, but it’s worth the extra few minutes and will save you time in the long run.
2.Wake up earlier
Try setting your alarm clock 1 hour earlier. Use the early morning hours to get household errands done before work, so that after work & weekends you can focus on getting your holiday shopping done, rather than cleaning and doing laundry. You can accomplish a lot of household tasks in 1 hour and the advantage of doing them in the morning is they will give you a sense of productivity to start your day.
3.Online shop when you can
Online shopping can save you a lot of time (and money!). In addition to managing your busy schedule during this time of year, for many the holidays are stressful from a financial perspective as well.
If you know that what you are buying is available online, save yourself the trip to the store and waiting in line. Not to mention, there’s a lot of online discount codes not offered in stores. AND online shopping makes it easy to compare prices across different stores. You can also call customer service and speak to a representative and ask if there are any additional special promotions they could offer you.
So – take a couple of hours and get all your online shopping done at once! Once you place the orders, you can relax and focus on work. You didn’t have to spend valuable time driving across town to different stores and waiting in line. You can use the made-up time to fit in other things, such as going to the gym or holiday festivities. Sounds like a win win!
4.Use a crock pot
The last thing you want to worry about after a long day at work, especially in the weeks before holidays hit, is cooking dinner every night. Stay healthy & make more use of your time with a slow cooker! All you have to do is toss the ingredients into the pot before leaving for work, put it on low heat, and walaaa! When you get home dinner is practically ready! This saves time as opposed to cooking over the stove or in the oven. There’s HUNDREDS of recipes to choose from! See for yourself: click here for a list of delicious crock-pot recipes.
There are many more tips; however, we believe these 4 simple things are easy to do and will make a noticeable difference in managing your holiday schedule.
Are you a boss at balancing your schedule during the holiday season? Leave a comment in the box below with your holiday season tips!