How to survive busy season
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The holidays are approaching which means it will be crazy! Your calendar will easily be booked up with events, gatherings, fitting in family traditions, and somehow trying to prep for those too. And then it is 4th quarter at work. At least for me, this means nonstop working because they want to finish the year strong. Things that didn’t happen during the year, somehow work wants it accomplished in these last few months, sales goals to meet, trying to prep for the next year, and the list goes on.
How to Survive Busy Season
Just typing all of this out is giving me anxiety and making me feel stressed. Ugh! But there is a light. There is a way to survive busy season. First, let’s take a deep breath and I’ll share with you all the ways I survive this madness.
Make Lists & Take Out A Calendar
First make a list of everything you know has to be done. Seriously, name it all! This will give you an idea what really is going to happen. Sometimes we all need to visually see what is happening before we can find a solution. List everything from buying holiday gifts, wrapping them, gatherings, any prepping for the gatherings, and work schedule. Once you list it, put it on the calendar. Don’t worry about how many things are going on each day, just put it on it.
Now that it is on a calendar, you will have to prioritize. For instance, can you really go to this event? Can it be rescheduled for a later time? For instance, my cousins and I would do a ‘cousins Christmas party’ since we can’t see each other on Christmas day anymore (we all are grown up and have our own families). Realistically, we can’t do it around the holidays. So we postponed it until January. And it worked out perfect because 1) there is nothing to in January 2) there is now something to look forward to!
This goes with prioritizing, but yes say no! For instance, think about if it is necessary for you to attend this friend’s holiday gathering. Are you close enough that yes it would be nice to go. Or do you think you will even be missed? For me, I’ve decided to only agree to go to close family & friends.
Or how about work. I know this time of year is crazy and extra hours are needed. However, maybe consider how many is too many hours? For example, is it really necessary to agree to work on a project and lose your weekend spending time with your family doing family traditions? Was it worth it? Will you really get promoted? Maybe it is just me and I have a different mindset since cancer, but I value time because time cannot be taken back. I’ve said no already to partnerships because I knew it would take away from me enjoying the holidays and being present.
Ask For Help
Don’t be afraid to ask for help! As long as it’s available, ask for it. And try to make it fun while you are doing the task. If you are hosting, split up the task or don’t make everything.
Act Ahead of Time
Is there stuff that you can do ahead of time? For me, I love to wrap presents but they are so daunting when they have to get done all at once. So my husband and I wrap presents as we get them. Wrapping 2 or 3 a night before bed is so much easier to do than doing it all the week of Christmas.
Every other Thanksgiving, I host Thanksgiving with my family. I plan out my meals and I think about which dishes I can make each day (and can keep of course). So on Thanksgiving morning, there’s very few things I need to manage.
I hope these 5 tips on how to survive busy season will help you. Remember, you have to take care of you.