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Words by Tatiana Cole, Success Coah
There are so many holidays celebrated across the world this time of year. I celebrate Christmas and it is my favorite holiday. I used to love all the decorations my mom would put up around the house from the kitchen towels, garland, lights, and bath mats. Yes…bath mats.
As a kid, the holidays seemed to last forever! Amiright? As an adult, there are years where I barely
“felt” the holidays because I was working too hard. My holidays were catching up and getting ahead on projects, cleaning my office, making phone calls to students, planning for the next semester. By the time, my holiday break arrived on Dec 23rd. I had just a couple of days of holiday cheer.
That is not what I want for you. Although things look different and all now with COVID-19. It’s
almost as if folks have adopted a new type of busy.
If you’re looking to break the Holiday Workaholic Train, try these 3 tips:
1. Create a Holiday Bucket List – One night over dinner, create a holiday bucket list. Traditionally, a
bucket list is a list of activities to complete before you die but since it’s called Holiday Bucket List,
these are things to complete during the holiday season. Some activities can be baking, board game night, trivia on zoom with family and friends, or a fancy dress-up night at home.
It gets the whole family involved instead of you being the master of everything holiday. We all know the kids will gladly remind you every day to do what’s on that list. Cheers to a little accountability.
Side note; my family and I created a quarantine bucket list when everything was shut down. Lucky
us, we didn’t finish everything.
2. Plan it Out – I know it’s busy at work and we’re all kind of over this whole pandemic thing and
grateful at the same time. It’s been tough for sure. It’s like family deaths hit differently during the pandemic. Anywho, plan out those activities. My clients find our planning sessions to be the most valuable. It takes the jumbled mess in your head, out and down onto the paper with a clear plan.
You know what nights are more open than most. I work evenings on Thursdays so that night is out.
Jot down what days work best for which activities and post it up. The whole family knows the plan and can help make it happen. If you have older kiddos, you can have them host certain activities. It gives them some responsibility and confidence boost being in charge of something.
3. Pace Yourself – Have you ever worked so hard to get a lot done before your holiday break that you can’t enjoy it due to burnout? There will always be work to do. There will always be a new project, task, report, or email to respond to. Focus on your top 3 tasks. Which ones can wait until the new year? I know some of you may have to think about which ones are actually a part of your
Sorting by the due date may help you see when items need to be completed. Some big projects may need a little bit of time and the items with a closer deadline need more time. You can sort it out once you write it all out.
As you look forward to the Holidays, consider these tips so you don’t need to hop on the Workaholic
Train but instead, check out the Polar Express.