2009-12-24 / Features

Reduce Stress, Stay Organized This Holiday Season

While your schedule might not be as busy as Santa’s this holiday season, you should still use a calendar to keep track of all your commitments. While your schedule might not be as busy as Santa’s this holiday season, you should still use a calendar to keep track of all your commitments. Few times of year can be as joyous and stressful as the holiday season. Though the jovial atmosphere and increased presence of family and friends are things to look forward to each holiday season, the hectic schedules and frenetic pace of the holidays can prove stressful as well.

Juggling all the responsibilities and commitments of the holiday season can prove a nightmare. However, staying organized during the holiday season can greatly reduce the stress of the season, and help you enjoy the spirit of the season instead.

* Manage commitments with a calendar. Create a holiday calendar and keep it in a convenient place, be it of the refrigerator door or even in your purse or briefcase. List all seasonal commitments, including office parties, kids’ pageants and even be sure to schedule some downtime so you can recharge.

* Map out the menu. Planning meals is harder than it might seem. To remove this potentially stressful element of the holiday season, plan a menu for the week at the beginning of each week before going to the grocery store. This will keep you from making unnecessary trips to the store and save time.

* Make a list of chores. Organize your home by creating a list of what needs to be decorated, what rooms need cleaning, etc. This will come in especially handy for families hosting a holiday party.

* Encourage family members to create a gift list. Gift list can help reduce the time you spend scouring the mall for gifts, and they can also allow you to manage a budget more effectively.

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