Blogmas Day 9 – Christmas Planning

Getting organised for Christmas and top tips towards a stress-free Christmas.

Christmas is such a wonderful time of year….. the perfect time to relax with friends and family.

But how many of us get so caught up in the preparation and planning that we miss all the magic and fun and within a blink of an eye….. it’s over, time to put the tree away and up goes the new year’s calendar.

Let’s just re-wind for a minute. Getting prepared for Christmas DOES NOT need to be hurried or stressful.

I’ve put together a collection of organisation tips which can be easily used over the busy Christmas period. No fuss techniques! I’ve also created a few printables which are available to you for FREE.

If any of you have watched the new film ‘A Bad Moms Christmas’, as said by Amy

“Let’s take Christmas back”

TOP TIPS for a STRESS FREE Christmas:

1. Write LISTS

Writing lists allows you to get everything out of your mind and onto paper. Preparing for Christmas can be very hectic and there’s 1 million and 1 things to remember. What to buy, what to cook, who to send cards to, who to get presents for…… the lists go on…. You can’t possibly expect yourself to remember everything! Writing lists for everything you need to do, to cook, to remember etc. will mean you no longer have to worry and stress over “did I remember everything”. You can just look at yours lists and you’re good to go.

For this I suggest either writing them on your computer, laptop or phone (which ever you find easiest) and storing them in one folder. The App ‘Wunderlist’ is very good for this!

If you prefer to have it on paper then write them by hand into a notebook or on single sheets and store them in a wallet so that nothing can get lost or forgotten.

To help, I’ve put together a collection of FREE Printables… 1, 2, 3 and 4

2. Plan out your month

December 1st comes around and we feel like we have a whole month to get ready for a Christmas.

The truth is, online shopping for presents can only guarantee delivery before Christmas if ordered before a certain date. Have you ever missed that order deadline date for a present that you can’t find anywhere else? Frustrating isn’t it.

Then on top of that, the majority of us are still working, studying etc. and doing general everyday tasks right up until Christmas Day or possibly until a week before, if you’re lucky. So, if you already lead a pretty busy lifestyle, imagine fitting in more tasks and to-do’s within all that. Seems almost impossible!

So in reality when December 1st comes around, we don’t have the entire month to get prepared!!

Don’t panic though… these simple steps will breakdown the process for you and make planning simple and straightforward.

For this you will need the FREE monthly plan printable

Jot down:

  • What you have to do

This is the general things you do every day e.g. work, uni and any other ‘MUST DO’ responsibilities which take priority and can not be avoided

  • Planned events

Christmas time is well known for being the party season when every group you’re a part of decides to throw a big Christmas party (work do’s, catch ups with friends etc.)

  • Fun activities which you would like to do this Christmas

This could be anything from a chilled evening watching Christmas films, a meal at your favourite restaurant, or a day purely dedicated to getting those perfect baked treats ready for Christmas Day. For me this has always been December 23rd, otherwise known as ‘baking day’. I’d look forward to this day every year and it was the perfect way to get in the Christmas spirit!

Now start to fill in your December plan.

1. Firstly, block out any time which is spent doing ‘what you have to do’ explained in the first point above.

2. Next, schedule in all the events you have planned for the month.

3. Now any areas on the calendar which are left blank are free to be used purely for Christmas preparation.

4. Decide on which days will be used for shopping, which for wrapping, decorating etc. and schedule them into the monthly plan.

5. Any free areas left can now be used for your FUN activities. After all, it is Christmas!!

This monthly plan must be easily visible to you everyday so you can frequently refer back to it whenever you need to. You’ll know realistically what free time you have and you’ll be able to tactfully plan what needs to be done into these time frames. No more rushing and stressing a few days before Christmas because you’ll have it planned down to a T this year!

Merry Christmas and Happy Planning!

Let me know if you try any of these printables and if you found this useful. For more planning type posts like this don’t forget to let me know in the comments and click the ‘follow’ button to be notified when I post new content 💕<<
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