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TIPS FOR SMARTER LIVING: Taking the Stress Out of the Holiday Season

Posted By Administration, Wednesday, December 6, 2017
Updated: Tuesday, December 5, 2017

Are you old enough to remember the free Hallmark calendar?  One of my favorite childhood memories was walking to Hallmark to get the latest yearly pocket calendar and load it up with everything important I needed to remember. What calendar do you use today?  Whether you use your phone, outlook, or a handwritten planner, making a 30- minute date with your calendar to add a few important reminders will make for a stress free and fun month.


Tip one. Schedule a massage or a special treat the week of January 5th; we all need something to look forward to!


Tip two. Schedule a 30-day workout challenge and add the activity for each day to your calendar.  HIT Training doing something every day.

Tip three. Schedule some shopping time.  I like to commit to a few days of store shopping on the calendar, supplemented with on-line shopping. My favorite holiday shopping days are eating lunch at Uncle Julio’s and shopping along North Avenue with my sister-in-law, and participating in the local wine walk/small business shopping day in Barrington with my best friend. Power shopping with a partner can be highly productive!

Tip four.
Add Holiday parties to your calendar and set a deadline 1 week before to test run your outfit. Consider ordering a few new pieces online that can easily be returned. Don’t wait until the last minute to decide what to wear.

Tip five. Add everything else that needs to be scheduled, including travel plans, guest arrival days, school schedules. and holiday recitals.

Tip six.  Add to your grocery list ingredients for a few simple appetizers, a brownie mix, and a few bottles of wine. Brie, a fancy jelly, and some party crackers will be an easy solution for any last minute invite.

Tip seven. Add wrapping supplies to your grocery list. Pick up a few nice rolls of paper, plenty of tape, and tags.  You will be prepared to wrap your gifts as they arrive.

Tip eight. Make plans to attend the company holiday party, whether or not you want to. A holiday party is the perfect place to renew old relationships and establish new ones. Bring a friend, promise yourself a treat, or do whatever you must to motivate yourself to go!

Tip nine. Go to the business holiday party with light, small talk on your mind; it's obvious that some business-related conversations will come up, but don't go to the party with an agenda.  Ask your co-workers questions about their families, hobbies or interests. That’s a nice way to get to know them better. You’ll undoubtedly discover new connections and commonalities.

Tip ten. Follow up! After the parties are over, get back in touch with the people you met who could be useful to your career. Send a “great to meet you” e-mail and a personalized invitation to connect on LinkedIn (not the auto-connect version LinkedIn offers). If you find an article or video you think might interest someone you chatted with, send it along with a note referencing your meeting.

Remember, the holidays only come once a year and only last for a few weeks. With these plans and timeframes in place you’ll alleviate the stress of keeping everything straight in your head, you might just find this season to be more joyful and less stressful!


Submitted by:

Debbie Story, Corporate Identity, Inc.


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