I am a procrastinator when it comes to Christmas and any Holiday in general. I’m the one running around like a chicken with its head cut off trying to find those elusive items on my daughters’ wish lists. And I just didn’t suddenly start procrastinating when I had kids.
It seems like it’s some kind of family tradition handed down from my mom to do Christmas shopping last minute. Maybe it’s because I don’t really like to shop that I put things off. But you would think that would spur me on to get it done as early as possible.
But alas no.
So when I came across ListPlanIt and Jennifer’s 100 Days series, I was intrigued. I have been a user of the List Plan It site for a long time. Any type of list you want they have.
But back to Christmas planning.
I was sent a review copy last year of List Plan It’s 100 Days to Christmas ebook. While I found it helpful and chock full of lists and guidance to help me through the holidays, it was too long of a time for me to plan out. I don’t usually plan that far ahead. After all I’m a “spur of the moment” girl.
But then they came out with the 30 Days to Christmas ebook. Now that’s right up my alley! I can plan a month in advance, especially if I have daily step by step instructions. Which is what this guide offers.
And….it’s the PROCRASTINATOR’S edition. Hello? Yes, that’s me!
So Jennifer sent me a review copy and I just say I love the format and how she lays out what you need to be concentrating on daily. It even includes checklists at the end for every checklist that she recommends you use for your planning.
Whether you want to print out the lists and put them in your binder or fill it out within the ebook and have it on your phone or tablet, this planner will keep you organized. I was able to fill in the lists right on my iPad. Jennifer even helps you prepare for Thanksgiving.
All in all I love this helpful ebook and think you will too. And it won’t break the bank.
So let’s run down the deets.
Who Is This Guide For
- Last minute planners.
- People who have started planning, but need a kick in the pants.
- Non-planners who need a plan.
What Will You Learn
- A breakdown of the most important tasks in the 30 days leading up to Christmas.
- The days span November 25 to December 25.
How Much Does It Cost?
- The digital edition is only $8.
They also have a Facebook page where you can hang out and get advice from other procrastinators, ahem, I mean planners :-). Check in daily to keep on track with that days tasks.
Here’s an excerpt:
30 Days to Christmas: Procrastinator’s Edition excerpt
If you are interested in getting your hands on your own ebook GRAB YOUR COPY NOW by clicking the image below.
*I am a ListPlanIt affiliate.
I remember the first time I laid eyes on Office Candy products. Can you say drool?! I was in love. Everything was so stylish and functional.
I got my first introduction to this company at the NAPO 2013 National Conference. I think I stayed at their booth for over 20 minutes! I was mesmerized by the vast and unique products they offered to get you organized.
I really loved the file totes as I have always been a big advocate of file totes and you can hardly find the stylish ones anymore locally. I was jazzed when I saw them in a variety of bright colors.
What Caught My Eye
They just looked yummy.
So here are my top 5 picks for stocking stuffers for the organizationally challenged.
- File totes
- Knock Knock File folders
- Note pads
- Accordian file
- Wall Calendar
They have a lot if items that will look great in a Christmas or Holiday basket for that organizationally challenged person in your life. Even if your not challenged these look great in your office. They are stylish and will bring style to any office or home office. What a fun way to get organized.
*This post contains my affiliate link.
If you have been reading my blog for any time now you should know how I feel about resolutions. I hate them! Why you ask? Because we never keep them. I prefer to set attainable goals instead. But a lot of people still make New Year’s resolutions, so I thought I would share with you a great survey infographic done by Franklin Covey to find out if people have the same resolutions from year to year or do they change.
It’s a new year. What decisions are you planning to make this year to get you closer to your goals? This is the time to get organized and start fresh and keep it going. Make decisions this year, not just resolutions.
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I hope everyone had a great Christmas and continue to enjoy your holidays with family and friends. Today I want to come to you with a quick tip for not inviting stress back into your life after the holidays.
Once all the festivities have passed, the idea of cleaning up and taking down the decorations may cause your stress meter to go up again, but it doesn’t have to come back if you implement these quick tips.
- This is a good time to update your holiday card list while everything is fresh in your memory. If it turns out you forgot someone this year, you can always send a New Year’s card. Also try using e-cards if you left someone out.
- Host an “undecorating” party! It doesn’t have to be a formal event. Just invite over a couple of family and friends to help you undecorate your home and serve some snacks, drinks or pizza. It’s always more fun with two or more to do the grunt work. You can also have your kids help and make a game of it.
- When it comes to Christmas decorations and supplies, use the correct size storage containers that are sturdy and label, label, label! Doing the work now to organize your decorations will save hours when it is time to decorate next year.
I hope these quick tips will help you keep at bay the stress from coming back with the winding down of the season. Until next time…
Many people suffer from social stress or anxiety during the holiday season. I know that personally I don’t like being in big crowds or around a ton of people that I don’t know. This is especially true for introverts (like me) who positively dread attending large gatherings or having to make small talk to strangers at some work-related Christmas party.
I have found that the best way to deal with this is to prepare myself mentally before the event or gathering. If you find small talk difficult then practice some break the ice type questions that you can use when necessary.
The following will give you some tips on handling the stress:
- Offering to help out at an event is another way to reduce social stress during the holiday season. You could hand out appetizers or refreshments for example. By doing so, you can limit your interaction with others while focusing on the task at hand rather than on your own discomfort.
- Set a time limit for attending an event. You could drop by for a couple of Christmas drinks before announcing that you have to be elsewhere. By doing this you reduce stress and you are in control of the situation. Just knowing that you can leave at anytime is usually enough to let you to relax and enjoy yourself.
- Set boundaries for yourself and others. It is okay to turn down an invitation to a party or gathering if you know that it will just stress you out at the thought of attending. You do not have to give in to others expectations of you. Don’t alter your personality because it is the holidays. If you don’t want to attend that family gathering then it is okay.
- Saying NO is a wonderful thing. There is no shame in saying no sometimes.In fact, it can be immensely liberating. By deciding what is and is not good for you, you will be raising your self-esteem which in turn will help you manage your stress.
- See people on your terms. If you would like to invite people over to your home or pick a special place to gather that you choose it will go a long way of reducing your stress and giving you the control of your time. You can have a few friends or family members over for a small dinner or some eggnog, invite one other person to come with you to a Christmas concert or play or, if you want to go alone to these things then do it. It is okay.
The holidays might be a time for socializing for some people, but for introverts it can be downright stressful. If this is you, then honor yourself by doing what feels right for you. Take time to read your favorite book or meditate or just reflect on the year. Solitude does not have to be a bad thing. Sometimes it is needed. Enjoy the holiday season on your terms and stress free. Until next time…