I can’t believe it’s already Christmas. Do you remember the good old days when we had two whole weeks off school for holiday break? All I did was eat, play video games, and sleep. It truly was the most magical time of the year.
Things are quite different in adulthood. I still enjoy Christmas but it often is quite a stressful ordeal. You can keep your cool and make the most of this festive season by staying organized.
It’s no wonder studies publish year after year reports of stress increasing during the holidays (p.s. if you’re a woman, statistics show you’re even more at risk). Feelings of joy, love, family connectedness are intertwined with fatigue, irritability, and stress brought on by the hustle and bustle of the season.
No doubt there is lots to do and so little time: find the perfect gifts, visit all your friends and relatives, stuff the turkey… It really is easy to get overloaded. The fact that we don’t get time off from the responsibilities of our “regular life” (like back in the school days) doesn’t help.
My holiday prescription: For the next couple of weeks, make sure that you are well organized in order to remain sane.
Make a list and check it twice. Seriously, even Santa has to do it. You don’t want to forget something and have to go crazy trying to find a solution. Being proactive is your best ally during this busy period.
Don’t forget that your clients are also really busy during this time of the year. If you are working between the holidays, make sure to enable automatic email reminders so that they don’t forget their appointments. Too many no-shows might turn you into a Grinch on Christmas Day.
Good Luck! AND HAPPY HOLIDAYS!!!