This time of year it gets very busy with so many things demanding our time, energy, and money. Here are a few tips to help you manage the season.
Manage your budget. Know before you start buying gifts what your budget is going to be. Keep the gift-giving to a minimum. And find other ways to be thoughtful without breaking the bank. Budget is NOT a bad word. It keeps you on track so you don’t go overboard. I’m using one credit card for all holiday purchases this year. Thereby keeping all of my expenses in one place. Making it much easier to evaluate how I did.
Manage your activities. Do you have too many events to attend that cause you stress? Perhaps you don’t really want to go? Or you are already double or triple booked? See if you can’t thank the host/hostess for the invite and choose to reduce the number of events, performances, parties, and presentations that you attend. We used to have over 5 holiday parties to attend. Now that I am no longer the manager of a local business I have been able to take that obligation off my schedule. This year we have only two parties to attend. Very manageable.
Manage your relationships. This could mean your personal and private relationships. It also means family relationships. Spending time with family even though they drain your energy just because of “obligation” is not a good idea. In fact, paying attention to those who drain your energy or do not lift you up year round are good ones to cross off the list during the holidays. Maybe cross them off your list for the new year too?!