The holidays seem to sneak up so fast these days. Before you know it, its the week before and you are rushing around like a mad woman. This year let's try something a little different. Lets make a plan.
1. Grab a piece of scrap paper and a pen and start brainstorming. Write down the 12 billion things floating around in your head that you know need to be done to prepare for the holidays (in no particular order yet).
Determine how many events you will be either hosting or attending and the requirements for each.
2. Now you can start grouping the duties in a way that works for you. Some will organize by event, others by categories (cleaning, cooking,etc.) and some by errand locations. It doesn't matter how you group these, just that you do.
3. Next its time to bring the family into it. Delegate some of the errands to other family members. You don't have to do everything on your own. It might even help them to feel more invested if they are involved in the preparation. I suggest keeping all of this information in a centralized location so all family members can see what needs to be done and by whom.
4. Time to whip out your calendar! Start adding the errands into your calendar. You are much more likely to complete the task if you set yourself an appointed date and time to do it. If you have delegated some tasks, you will have to let go of them. You may have to remind them to complete it, but you should let them do it their own way. Micro managing will make them miserable and they will no longer want to be involved.
5. Now its time to execute the plan and enjoy yourself. You should be able to relax a little more knowing that you have a plan and its in motion.
Will the holidays be perfect now? Maybe not, but that's OK too. Some of the best family stories come from plans falling off the rails. Just keep in mind that they won't remember if the holiday vase made it to the table, but they will remember how relaxed and happy you were spending time with them.