The run up to Christmas can be a crazy time of year. It’s the season of man flu, Christmas parties, shopping until you drop, glitter, fairy lights and planning for the best next year ever – it’s tiring, right?!
It’s now December the 19th and I don’t know about you, but I’m ready to slow down (being 28 weeks pregnant may have something to do with it), but to do that I’m going to need to accelerate first. I almost started to let everything that needs doing overwhelm me over the weekend (when there is too much going on things can seem impossible), but instead of having a meltdown, I took control and here is my advice if you are feeling the same.
- Write everything down. Get everything out of your brain and onto a piece of paper, that way you can see what needs doing clearly and you can take remembering to do everything off your list of things to do.
- Once you know what you are up against it’s time to start prioritising. Whether you do this by date / importance it’s up to you. If something can wait, let it.
- Don’t take on anything new. We have a habit in this busy little world to take on too much – but you already have, hence the panic, so don’t say yes to anything else. Repeat after me – no, no, no!
- Start ticking those tasks off and enjoy the feeling of satisfaction when a task has been done – that will help drive you on to tackle the next.
- Remember, none of us are perfect and sometimes somethings got to give. For example, if Doris next door is going to be rude about you because you didn’t send her a Christmas card this year, then do you really need Doris in your life? I’ll leave you to ponder that.
Now, I’m off to put the kettle on, knowing that my Christmas shopping is complete, carpets are currently being laid upstairs and the other half has just taken a car load to the dump. There are still about 83 things left on my list, but for now, I’m feeling content that the list is getting smaller and I will get there. I’m not going to run myself into the ground to get everything done right this second, I’m taking the slow and steady approach – enjoy Christmas and see what January brings, you can do this too – you’ve got this!!