It’s that time of year when the holidays are approaching and everyone is scrambling to complete their normal work tasks in addition to holiday shopping, decorating and somehow making time for themselves. There are numerous things you can do to relieve some of that stress and make holiday planning a blast, including time management.
If you have a hectic schedule and constantly find it difficult to complete tasks with ease, then time management is something you need to include in your life! Once you begin to get a better grasp on the things you need to accomplish and how to complete them in a timely manner, you’ll be able to organize your time better and learn to prioritize tasks that are of the utmost importance. Soon things will fall into place, like a domino effect, and you’ll find yourself more productive and confident. You’ll begin to realize that it’s necessary to take a break in order to prevent burnout, and that in the end you’ll be able to sit back and enjoy the holidays like every person should!
If you need convincing that your routine needs some improvement, here are the Top 5 reasons better time management leads to less stress during the holidays.
5.) It Will Help You Become More Organized and Prioritize Your Tasks
When it comes to time management, figuring out a way of organizing that will work best for you and your daily activities can be a difficult task, but ask anyone you know with a busy schedule how they manage to stay organized and there’s a good chance their answer will be a planner.
In a time when everyone is connected to their mobile devices and computers, sometimes the best way to stay organized is to have everything laid out in front of you. With the help of a planner, you can write down the things you need to do and organize them by day.
We all know how difficult the holidays can be from putting up the tree, writing holiday cards, shopping for presents and wrapping them — finding the time to do everything is a constant struggle. Rather than just winging it, writing down your tasks will help you figure out what items are top priority. The holidays should be a time of happiness, not stress, and by realizing what needs to be done first and what can be put on the backburner will really help you stay on top of your obligations.
4.) You’ll Be More Productive and Forget Less
It’s easy to fall into a hole of procrastination, but once you start to take the reins of your daily tasks and prioritize what needs to be done, you’ll start to notice that being productive just comes naturally. Once you start to feel like you have a better grasp on your day-to-day activities, there will be a shift in your attitude because with productivity comes positivity!
You’ll find yourself thinking of that perfect gift you need to buy your dad or remembering which pair of earrings your mom said she would love to receive this year. Maybe you’ll even find yourself gravitating toward things that will make you want to be more productive including planning ahead for activities and reading books to guide you to a stress-free life!
3.) Your Self-Confidence Will Improve as Your Self-Mastery Improves
Once you begin to realize that you have better control on both your personal and work lives, things will slowly start to fall into place. Assisting others with things they need help with will become easier, as you can now hold your head up high with the realization that you can do anything you put your mind to. There’s a rush of self-confidence that comes with knowing that you have changed your life in such a positive way and now have the ability to assist those who need help like you once did. It feels like a weight has been lifted off your shoulders, and now you can take on anything that comes your way!
2.) It Will Prevent Burnout
When it comes to stress, burnout can be inevitable. We get so inundated with things that are put on us and things we want to achieve for ourselves that we forget to take a break. However, there should never be a time when we put our work before our own health.
It’s important to know your limits, say no when it’s necessary and give yourself a breather. Mark off an hour in your schedule as ‘me time’ and do something that will allow you to clear your head. Whether that means taking a walk, spending some time coloring, or adding an aromatherapy diffuser in the room to calm you, it’s important to give your body the break it needs.
1.) You’ll be Able to Enjoy the Holidays and the Hard Work You’ve Done
As things begin to fall into place, the holiday season will soon turn into one that you can look back on and enjoy. While those around you may be scrambling to get things in order, you can be proud of the fact that your time management and organizational skills have played a large part in helping you enjoy the holidays. There’s no need to stress over work and wrapping presents, because you’ve spent time planning things out and you no longer have to go into scramble mode.
The holidays are meant to be a time of happiness and cheer, so spend them the right way. Prioritize your work, get things done early and make time for yourself. You’ll be able to spend the weeks leading up to the holiday season by a toasty fireplace watching holiday favorites like Home Alone and Elf while having yourself a great bottle of wine, or two. Hey — you deserve it!
Want more ways to ensure a stress-free holiday season? Check out our Guide to Relieving Stress During the Holidays.
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