5 Ways to Avoid Being Busy This Holiday Season
Only 4 days into December and it seems like most of the conversations I have with people begin with ‘I’m so busy right now.’ For many of us, December can be a very full month and it can feel like we are too busy to do anything else as our calendars are already bursting with events! As I have shared before, busy is one of my least favorite words. What I’ve realized after reading about and doing my own time study is that we all have more time than we think we do, it’s simply that we are not always making choices that maximize our use of time.
Gratitude Tip: Living a grateful lifestyle means limiting our use of the word busy. Busy implies that we don’t have control over our lives and that we’re not taking time to be present or expressing our gratitude. Busy is about simply getting through the day and collapsing when it’s all over, not even knowing how we got through the day. Your calendar can be full and you can still not be ‘too busy’ for what is most important.
So how do we do this? What can we do to avoid being ‘too busy’ this holiday season? Here are my 5 Ways to Avoid Being Busy This Holiday Season:
1.Put all of your upcoming events on paper. If you have a day planner that has a monthly overview, start there. Or simply take out a piece of paper and draw the month of December. Label the events in order of importance, most important get 5 stars, least important, 1 star.
2. Starting with the 1 star events, ask yourself this, will participating or attending this event bring me more joy or more stress? If the answer is stress, immediately connect with the person who invited you and politely say no. You don’t have to explain yourself, simply saying no is good enough.
3. If you are on the receiving end of a no, thank the person for giving you an honest answer answer and move on. ‘I’ll try to be there’ or ‘I’ll see if I can make it’ is much worse than a no. I’d rather get the straight answer as a host. And for you personally, making a clear decision is better from an energetic perspective.
4. Decide today that you won’t be complaining about being too busy any more. You are in control of your calendar and you always have choices when it comes to attending events. People may not like your choices and that’s ok. It’s more difficult when we say no to family, but I speak from experience that when we say yes to too much, it can result in disaster for everyone.
5. Allow for space in your calendar. Now that you’ve cleared off a few events, don’t fill up those spots with other events. Make time for a spontaneous visit to see Christmas lights or an afternoon curled up with your favorite holiday movie. Give yourself time to breathe and enjoy all of the magic and joy of the holidays.
What are your strategies for keeping your calendar under control during the holidays?
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