No matter what you celebrate in the festive season, the end of the year is a busy time for everyone. The sun starts to come out, school wraps up and events start to pop up out of nowhere. We understand that, when there’s lots of family and friends around and a never-ending list of errands to run or presents to buy, your everyday tasks such as study might take a back seat.
That is why we have put together some great tips on how to best manage your time around the holiday season.
Make your calendar your best friend
Sometimes the only way to get through the last few weeks of the year is immense planning and scheduling. Where you once would have had the day to do some study, cleaning and a shop, you now have long lunches and end-of-year concerts to squeeze in.
Get your weekly planner into gear, be this online or hardcopy, and start to plan out your days in chunks. Before you agree to any extra commitments, make sure that you have allowed some time in each day for your everyday task as well as some time to relax. Be sure to de-stress; no one deserves to be burnt-out during the holidays.
Keep on top of your to-do list
Having a seemingly never-ending mental list of things to do can be a very common but unsettling feeling to experience in the holiday period. It can be a struggle to focus on your everyday tasks such as helping with your children’s homework or even your own study when your mind is running wild.
Start to combat this feeling by writing yourself a physical list of everything that you need to get done in the next week. This will keep your mind from wandering while you are trying to focus on each task at hand.
Another strategy you can try to manage your time is actually trading the items on your list with easier alternatives. Need to buy 10 presents, each from a different shopping centre? Try ordering them all online. Stressed about preparing enough food for the whole family to come over? Delegate your workload by ordering some catering platters instead.
Don’t get pressured into ‘yes’
The end of the year brings with it many invitations to different events or breakups that you will have varying degrees of obligation to attend. Before you rush to accept every offer that you get and start making up a sandwich plate, try to prioritise the places that you really need to be and the tasks that you have time to be doing.
Your work breakup and family gatherings are likely to be non-negotiable, but do you really need to go to your second cousin’s school fete or your friend’s aunt’s morning tea? Manage your time more effectively by only committing to what you can manage. There’s no need for you to overbook yourself into oblivion all because you’ve been pressured into ‘yes’.
The holidays are a time for celebration and joy with your loved ones. Learn how to manage your time around them by staying organised and working to not take on too much responsibility. We hope that you enjoy and safe and happy break and can’t wait to reconnect with you in the new year.