Holiday StressIt’s happening. Thanksgiving is just a couple of days away, and whether we are ready or not, the masses are about to begin their Holiday shopping. Tis the season to make or break our fall/winter collections and to make matters worse, we still have to go shopping for our own friends and family. So how do you cope? Short of developing some sort of Holiday PTSD or pretending the Holidays don’t exist, we will discuss some Holiday habits to implement.

Do you want to know a secret? Of course you do. It is all in how well you organize. Yes, I know. You really should stay organized all year long. That is great, and definitely something to strive for. However, if you are like most of us, there is usually one or two (or even more) things that you simply don’t like doing, or simply don’t have time for. You shouldn’t have to sacrifice your sanity at the end of the year for it.

Your New BFF

At this point, most of us have smart phones. The thing chimes, vibrates, squawks, and sings at us. If we want it to, it will get our attention. That means that you have a comprehensive expansive calendar sitting in your pocket all day long. Use it and use it again, and again, and again. Use it for everything.

Create one calendar for personal and one for work (some phones come with that standard). Click here for iPhone, and here for Android. I cannot stress enough, the more organized the better.

Break up your week

Consider dedicating 3 days to sales, 1 day to general admin, and 1 day on new developments (such as upcoming trade shows and the impending tax season). However you decide to break this up, mark them on your calendar as an all-day event.

Example:
Monday: Sales
Tuesday: Admin
Wednesday: Sales
Thursday: New Developments
Friday: Sales

Break it up more

Write down a list of all of the tasks that need to be done between now and the New Year. Now number them from most important/time intensive, to least important/time intensive. Say you have 8 items on this list, assign one important/time intensive task and one lesser important/time intensive to each week.

The goal is manageable chunks.

Example:

Week 1: Item #1 & #8
Week 2: Item #2 & #7
Week 3: Item #3 & #6
Week 4: Item #4 & #5

Make it Happen

Follow this schedule as close as possible. If done properly, you will have two full days for family/friends and shopping/errands. Oh, and don’t forget to breathe. You can do this.