Santa is not the only one who should be making a list and checking it twice this time of year. In the holiday season, the big challenges are to not do too much, spend too much, or eat too much.
Some people make lists of calories and use apps to track what they’re eating. I’ll leave calorie organization to you, though I do recommend you keep a bag of nuts or dried fruit or your purse. Hungry eating means spacy eating. You spend more than you intended, buy stuff you don’t even want, and waste time wandering around because you can’t concentrate.
Don’t Over DO
Put the things you want to make sure you have time for during the last weeks of this year on your calendar now. It’s not just the school festival or city tree lighting you want to schedule. Schedule shopping time–without the kids, after you’ve eaten some protein, and preferably during non-peak store hours. Schedule lunch with a good friend, some quiet time for yourself, a family craft or baking activity, and whatever it is you intend to do for and through the holidays. Put them all on the calendar so you don’t forget about them or book over them. Set alerts on the calendar in your email or smart phone so you get a reminder a day or two in advance too.
Make a Holiday Shopping Buy, Bought, & Spent List
It’s easy to lose track of what you’ve spent or how many gifts you’ve gotten for folks if you’re wandering around stores for inspiration. For some people on your list, this is easy to do. You may have a wish list from your nieces or a letter to Santa from your child. But buying for your brother-in-law may be trickier. Finding a fun gift for your sister may require some browsing. And stocking stuffers, though little, can add up to a lot of cash.
Whether you keep a paper copy of a list or you keep notes on your phone, make a list of everyone you intend to buy for. As you purchase items (big or small), add them to the list along with what they cost. You’ll be able to see when you’ve filled a stocking or you’re nearing your budget. That means actually having a budget, of course, which will require you to decide what you can afford to spend on gifts. Sitting down to figure out the numbers may inspire you to make cookies to send to the extended family or start crocheting some scarves. Another great stocking stuffer solution is coupons. There are some great ones for kids to give parents at Buttoned Up, some free templates at Mommy Knows, and some fun ones for teachers to give students at Seusstastic.
Check the List More than Twice
Whether it’s reminders on your phone, calendars, or gift lists, you’ve got to keep referring back to them or they don’t help. The pressure this time of year is to hurry, to spend, to celebrate. But come January 1st, many folks find themselves making resolutions to do just the opposite. They want to lose weight, keep a budget, and spend more time with loved ones. You can start doing all of that right now with some simple organizing.
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