My mind was swirling as I tried to get ready for Christmas.
“I can’t wait for Hannah to come home.”
“The house really needs to be cleaned before she gets here.”
“I cannot gain anymore weight before the new year.”
If you’re anything like me, you’re mind is dashing back and forth between the needs-to-get-done-before-Christmas to-do list and thinking about changes you want to make for the new year.
All of it feels impossible at this point.
If that sounds familiar, here’s my best advice to help you get ready for Christmas, the same advice I’m having to give myself right now.
Focus on one task at a time.
Only that task.
Then, move onto the next one.
How do you decide what to do first? Decide based on priorities and deadlines.
We’ll use my to-do list as an example:
- Wrap up work by Thursday
- Get Hannah’s room ready
- Wash towels to prepare for Hannah and guests
- Clean house before Hannah and guests arrive
- Wrap presents
- Oh, and give our dog, Britt, a bath. He stinks.
(As if that wasn’t enough, our cat, Blackie, is missing. So, “search for Blackie” has sort of taken over my to-do list.)
- I have a December 20th deadline for finishing this post so that I can take time off and be fully present for the holidays. So, that’s first.
- Hannah’s flight lands at 6:45 on Thursday. So, the house needs to be clean, her room ready, and towels fresh and clean before we head to the airport. Since that is a lot to do in a short amount of time, I’m delegating. I think between four people, we can get it all done.
- While I’d love to wrap presents by then, too, it’s not a high priority since our first Christmas celebration isn’t until the 22nd. It’s tasks like this, the ones that feel urgent, but really aren’t, that can overwhelm you, robbing you of peace, time and energy. So, if I don’t get the presents wrapped by Thursday night, I’ll take a deep breath, tell myself it’s okay, then move all the gifts out of Hannah’s room where I’ve been stashing them, and into mine. The reality is, each and every present will be wrapped in time for gifting. (Having a plan with a dose of reality check is always good for setting priorities.)
Now that I know what to focus on, I’m going to do my best not to worry about picking out paint colors or setting weight loss goals, because all that matters to me is enjoying my people as we celebrate the holidays together.