Top 7 Ways to Actually Manage Your Time During the Holidays

These tips guarantee to show you how to truly spend quality time this holiday season.
April 05, 2022 | 15:44
Top 7 Ways to Actually Manage Your Time During the Holidays
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The idea of taking time off of work during the holiday is getting more and more blurred after a long period of remote work. Many people have troubles with time management as the holiday approaches.

Another problem is that the holidays are fun and filled with beautiful memories with loved ones, but it is also stressful and can have you experiencing some anxiety.

Ahead, there are realistic tips you can try to make the holiday meaningful and productive!

Set goals

Top 7 Ways to Actually Manage Your Time During the Holidays
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Goal setting is essential for all areas of our lives, and doing so over the holidays is no different. Make sure they are realistic, and you give enough time to complete each task, so you aren’t overwhelmed at the last minute.

Follow the S.M.A.R.T instruction to set the goals that are S – Specific (or Significant), M – Measurable (or Meaningful), A – Attainable (or Action-Oriented), R – Relevant (or Rewarding), T – Time-bound (or Trackable).

To-do lists

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The to-do list is different from the goals you just set. Goals can be big or small but to-do list should be specific.

You should create a detailed to-do list of everything you need to accomplish before the holidays start.

Doing so will ensure you don’t forget any important tasks, and you can even share responsibilities to others to lessen the workload.

Prioritize

There will always be only 24 hours in each day. Be intentional about how you want to spend it. Prioritize each and every day with a plan that includes personal and work tasks. Include critical things that allow you to renew, like a walk, meditation, a workout or reading your latest book.

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Realize the things that must get done and prioritize them is not easy. If you see there is something you can remove from your list altogether, do so. That will help with

Schedule

When visualize your time management, it is better to put all the items on your to-do list on a calendar. Creating a schedule will help you stick to a specific time frame to manage your time for each task better.

Place them at easy-to-see spot instead of having them saved on your phone or PC, because let's be real: Who has time to check them during the holiday.

Top 7 Ways to Actually Manage Your Time During the Holidays
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Delegate

It’s okay to ask for help! Don’t feel like you should do it all for the sake of everyone else.

Give tasks to kids, your spouse, or friends and family to do some of these tasks. As the saying goes, “teamwork makes the dream work”!

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When you do share tasks, do not say ' I have to work' as an excuse, Instead, set clear expectations for yourself and then communicate them with others.

If your family knows of your intention to commit a little time each day to check into work, they will appreciate when you let them know of your competing demands and are happy to help.

Say No

If the idea of completing some unfinished work during the holiday does not interest you, you are allowed to say no politely!

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If someone sends you on another errand that you didn’t plan for, you can say that you don’t have time as the holidays are busy. Set healthy boundaries and be the best you during this magical time.

Make time for yourself

Making time for yourself is essential for living a healthy and balanced life. The holiday season gets so busy, and we often neglect our well-being to ensure everything runs smoothly.

Go for a relaxing pedicure or treat yourself to a movie or good book. Whatever your interests are, set aside time to do whatever makes you happy and gives you peace.

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