Do you find yourself wondering, “How do I manage my time during the holidays?” You’re not alone. Visits to family, seeing the in-laws, countless invitations to holiday parties, and making time for your holiday traditions can be stressful. Effective time management can prevent burnout and help ease the stress.
Finding Time for Everything This Holiday Season
One survey found that 88% of Americans report heightened levels of stress during the holiday season. One of the most common causes of this stress? Figuring out how and where to spend the holidays.
At the same time, 82% of those surveyed stated that the most important thing to them was spending enough time with those they love. Another 65% said they are more social throughout the holiday season.
So, how can you manage your time and find a happy balance between doing everything you’d like without it taking a toll on your emotional well-being?
Plan, Plan, Plan
The key to any time management is planning, and the holidays are no exception. Create an itinerary for yourself of where you have to be and when. Make notes in your phone’s calendar or use a time management app. Write engagements on a whiteboard on the fridge. Whatever it takes.
When you’re able to physically see everything you have to do, including doctor’s appointments, errands, and social obligations, you’ll be mentally prepared ahead of time. You’ll also be more likely to get everything done on time.
Take a few minutes every night to review your schedule and prepare for a more efficient morning.
Prioritize Your Obligations
Realistically, it’s impossible to make it to every event that you’re invited to throughout the holiday season. Prioritizing your obligations is essential when it comes to managing your time.
Is your sister’s boyfriend’s best friend’s party as important as dinner at your mom’s house? Probably not. Would you rather attend a work party than spend an evening with your significant other or kids? Also, probably no.
Prioritize what’s important to you. Recognize the things you need to do and put those things above things other people want you to do. Do you need to go to spend a night in peace to take care of your mental health? Do that instead of going to the eighth holiday party you were invited to this month.
Don’t Feel Bad for Saying No
So, you’ve planned and planned, made lists and itineraries, and fit in everything that you needed to do. Then, it happens. You get invited to another event or asked to another family member’s house. It’s okay to say no.
Sometimes saying no is the healthiest thing that we can do. Set boundaries. Explain that you would love to make it, but already have a full schedule, and don’t let anyone guilt you into doing more than you can handle.
The holidays are stressful for everyone, and to be the best version of yourself for both you and your family, you need to set limits. Don’t ever feel bad for saying no.
You can make it through the holiday season with as little stress as possible by managing your time and sticking to your schedule.