Making Christmas a little more effortless this year.

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Whether you’re taking the next few weeks off entirely or need to work on your business during the festive period planning your time is more important than ever.

Setting out what you’re doing and when will help stop you feeling torn between work and your family life and decrease feelings of stress, overwhelm and guilt.

Here’s my guide on how to ensure your business and your down time runs as effortlessly as possible this year:

  1. Write your to-do list. Use two columns; one for business and one for main personal events such as holidays or trips to Santa. Include as much as you can. It may seem daunting at first but getting it all out of your head and on to paper will actually stop you feeling overwhelmed.
  2. Prioritise your business list. Make sure you put the actions that are the most valuable to your business at the top of your list and focus on the top 3 that you HAVE to do.
  3. Block out your ‘you’ time. Make sure you put all of those fun Christmas activities in to your weekly planner (Panto, family descending!). It will give you a realistic picture of how much time you have to work. And if you feel like taking a day or two (or three!) off completely then do it. If you commit to it in your mind and on paper you won’t feel as guilty as if you end up ‘sneaking’ days off.
  4. Block out your work time. Make time in your planner to assign to work. Be realistic but commit to working when you can/need to and focus on your business.
  5. Assign your to-dos. Enter your prioritised tasks into specific blocks of time. Knowing what you’re about to do when you sit down to work will increase your efficiency and help you get more done in the little time that you have.
  6. Be flexible. Life can often get in the way of a good plan (especially at Christmas!) so don’t get despondent or throw the plan away if/when something unexpected happens. Just work with it and do the best that you can.

Remember, a plan is a blue-print to getting the most done in the time you have. But what you put in your plan is entirely up to you. Whether you want to stop work for the whole week or just a day or two, planning will help you relax when you need to and focus on being productive when you must. So plan well, achieve your goals and, most of all, have a fantastic Christmas!

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