As I was putting my son's Banksy costume away, I realized the New Year is almost here. I was thinking about how overwhelming the end of the year can be for some of us and I came up with a list of pretty small tweaks that you could do that would make your holiday season less stressful.
If you want to finish this last quarter of the year on a strong note, here are a few things you can do now:
Take some time to do a desk purge. Even 30 minutes can make a huge difference in your work space. Take home the empty lunch containers and jackets that have been piling up. While you’re at it, make a list of the office supplies that have gone low. I’m always more excited to work when I have a fresh pad of sticky notes in a cool color.
If you use paper calendars or planners, do you need to re-order the inserts for next year? If so, do it now so you’re not scrambling those first few weeks of January.
How do you thank your clients? Do you send out holiday cards? If so, make sure you have a current list of clients to send to and order the cards before the rush.
Make tax season less stressful by organizing your expenses now. Whether you have loose paper receipts or use an app for your mileage, even 20 minutes of filing like with like and making sure you’ve input the latest information will save you time in the long run.
For Home Organization:
The holidays will be here before you know it! Here are a few things to do to help you prep and be more prepared for this time of year:
Make sure you and other family members have your calendars synced. You don’t want to miss an event or holiday party because everyone is not on the same page. Better yet, have a weekly 15 minute meeting every Sunday to prep for the week. When everyone is aware and onboard with the schedule, things will run so much more smoothly.
If your family brings gifts into the house during the holidays, why not do a mini-purge now? I like to think of it as less consumption when I can donate clothes, books and toys now to a good cause before more items are brought into the house.
It’s not too early to at least make lists for holiday shopping. If your family decides not to do gifts, there are so many great causes to give to, especially local non-profits like See International and Direct Relief. Or maybe your family has decided to forgo gifts for a cool family trip together. Decide now where you’ll go and at least map out the rough itinerary.
Do you have any great tips for getting organized before the holidays? If so, I’d love to hear them.
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