It is November and the 2-month holiday season is upon us. Are you excited or is your stress level starting to build? Are your weekends filling up with multiple events? When attending a party, are you thinking about everything you still need to do: shop, 2018 work deadlines, what dish to make for the next event? Too many people dread this time of the year and wish for it to be over. We have forgotten how to enjoy. How can you be present and create shared experiences and lasting memories during this holiday season? Overcome the urge to procrastinate and be intentional about what you choose to participate in using the Producktivity® Principles: Identify. Connect. Organize.
Identify – Begin by acknowledging that there will always be more events, performances, and celebrations than you can participate in. Choose wisely. Take time to identify the key parties, travel, shopping, community activities, and concerts you could choose to attend.
Connect – What events caused you the most stress last year? Make sure to include your significant other and/or family and friends in this discussion. Something that may be fun for you may be very stressful for someone else. Are there activities you can discontinue this year or that you want to stop attending? Now, discuss the top 3 gatherings you want to focus on this holiday season. What are the key factors that will contribute to making them enjoyable?
Organize – Get started now and develop your plan before the holidays are in full swing. For example, spread out your shopping so you do not have to do all of it at once. Shop online to avoid long lines and traffic. Commit time each week to work on your holiday plans. Manage your priorities rather than allowing your calendar to fill up and manage you.
Using the Producktivity® Principles reduces my stress, because I am purposeful about holiday planning. It allows me to be present, live in the moment, and create lasting memories. Have you started thinking about your holiday plans? What are you going to stop doing this year to allow time to enjoy the season? Share your thoughts and experiences with us below.
Producktivity® is a unique, interactive personal and professional organizational tool that assists individuals and organizations with improving their decision making and time management skills.