With the holidays just a few weeks away, here are some basic tips to help make that holiday time your time…
Leave white space. Whether you are commuting to work, traveling to be with family, or scheduling social events, be generous with your time allocations. Leave white space around your commitments by not booking things tightly.
Be clear and committed. This time of year can involve conflicting demands. Know where your commitments lie before the invitations and demands start to pour in. You can’t be everywhere, so make choices that underscore where your values really lie.
Lists matter. The sheer number of things that come at us at this time of year can stress even the best memories. Unless you have a personal assistant, use lists. My favourites are alarmed lists on my smart phone. Focus on giving attention to the present instead of trying to remember future details.
Go dark with intention. Seriously. Don’t just be generous with your time allocation for important events; give yourself the gift of doing absolutely nothing. Get your calendar out and black out 25% of the time (minimum 1/2 day blocks) to do nothing. When someone calls or writes to get together, do *not* schedule them into that time. I promise you will start your New Year with an energy you haven’t felt for a while.
Have a wonderful holiday that is what you need it to be.
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