Trying to keep pace with holiday festivities can add pressure to an already exhausting schedule. If working long hours, shift work, or preparing to go underway has you feeling there aren’t enough hours in the day to get things done, try a few of these tips to gain control of your schedule.
Enter every activity into your calendar
Write down all your upcoming appointments to include: duty days, command holiday parties, children holiday school programs, etc. By knowing exactly where you are supposed be and when, you are less likely to double-book yourself and it will be easier to say “no” when you are asked to do “one more thing”. Maximize the time you have available by scheduling time with family and friends. Schedule time for holiday fun. Invite a friend to dinner or a movie, make your favorite family holiday recipe, take an evening drive to view holiday light displays or take advantage of family holiday themed movie nights.
Make a Holiday Gift List
Shopping for holiday gifts can be difficult. Make a list of everyone you’d like to give a gift to and assign a dollar amount you’d like to spend. This will keep you on budget. If you will be away for the holidays, coordinate with a family member, friend or neighbor to deliver or ship your holiday gifts.
Create a Menu for the Week
When it comes to preparing meals, take an hour to plan the meals for the week and create a shopping list that covers all the necessary ingredients. Post the “Menu for the Week” on the refrigerator and when you are tired from a long day you won’t have to wonder what is for dinner. You’ll lower your stress level knowing you have it all planned and you can prepare a home cooked meal quicker than ordering take-out pizza.
This time of year can be filled with joy. It can also be very stressful. Planning time for fun, spending time with friends can counter family separation and make our lives more enjoyable. Taking a few minutes here and there to plan ahead will help lower your stress level and make sure you have time to do the things you enjoy.
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