Time Management Tip: Stress-Free Holiday Time Management

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Image of holiday stars, photography by R. IsipDoes the month of December seem to be a frenzied blur every year?

Do you feel as if you are always crunched for time during the holiday season?

Today’s post has several tips to help you navigate the last month of the year with ease.

Set aside a budget of monthly volunteering hours.

Doing good for other people is great, but not at your own expense when you are run-down and stressed-out. Take a look at your calendar and set aside a budget of hours you are willing to devote towards helping others this month. You’ll feel better knowing you are helping others and have time to take care of yourself.

Accept party and event invites with care.

This may come as a surprise, but you don’t have to attend every party you are invited to.    I repeat, you do not have to attend every party you are invited to. It may have been nice to receive an invite, but if you’re feeling tired, bitter and frazzled about going to a party, you’ll probably want to think twice about going out. Be choosy about which invites you’ll accept.

Schedule weekly “me time.”

Now more than ever, you’ll need breaks from the frenzied holiday season. Schedule weekly breaks or date-nights with yourself. Fill these breaks with whatever you’d like: catching up on some reading, spending time with a loved one, catching up on some sleep, or doing absolutely nothing.

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Consider paying for a service.

If you are short on time and have a few dollars to spare, the easiest way to get something done is to pay for someone else to do it. Take a moment to evaluate one or two small items to swap your time, stress and headaches for a few bucks. Hate gift wrapping? Have it done at the mall’s charity gift wrapping service and donate some dollars. Can’t stand yard work? Hire a local kid to sweep up leaves and pick up tree branches. Done and done.

Assemble a few outfits in advance.

Do you dread having to figure out what to wear for different parties and functions throughout the month? A few minutes spent planning your outfits now will save you the headache of having to reinvent the wheel each and every time. Get some outfit inspiration and ideas from magazines, store windows or Pinterest boards and make a little outfit note in your calendar. Later on in the month it will be simply dress and go!

Cut yourself a time break.

While there are some items that may require your immediate attention this month (financial and legal obligations for example), don’t feel as if you *have* to get something done or accomplished by the 31st. Time will continue to march on just as it has for the past year and it will be 2014 soon enough. Were you not able to meet up with a friend this month? Go easy on yourself. Schedule a coffee date for early or mid-January when things have lightened up and everyone’s schedule is a bit more calm.

Now to you… what time management tips are you going to follow this month to have a calm, cool and collected holiday season? Leave a comment below and join in the conversation!

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Rashelle Isip is a New York City-based professional organizer and productivity consultant who helps people get organized so they can stress less, have more fun, and be happier at home. Her work has been featured in Good Housekeeping, Fast Company, Cosmopolitan, The Washington Post, Business Insider, and The Atlantic. Get access to her free guide, 10 Simple Ways to Make Your To-Do Lists More Effective, by clicking here.

2 Responses

  1. Time With Thea

    As usual your advice is always so relevant, practical and makes so much sense. Hope all is well with you! ~Thea

    • Rashelle

      Thanks so much! I am always happy to help others streamline things in their lives. All is well thanks, hope the beginning of December is going well for you! Rashelle