I’ve been given a little nudge by Stef from the Sistas In Success Community group on Facebook (check it out) to get organised for Christmas which is now just weeks away.
I hadn’t really thought much about the Christmas period until now and I’ve realised, I need to come up with a solid plan to keep my blog running while keeping up with all the shopping, planning, advent calendar activites, family visits and everything else that comes with this magical time.
Schedule Your Content
Scheduling my content has been a life saver because I really don’t have the time to commit each day to creating new and interesting content for my blog and social media.
I use Later which has heaps of amazingly automated ways to post to your social media streams, and best of all – it’s free.
Work With Purpose
Time is limited for us at the moment so I find making a good plan of attack for each day really helps me achieve the most in my short day.
I sit down each morning and jot down all those ideas that seem to swarm my mind while I’m doing dishes, making breakfast and chugging coffee. I keep a note pad on top of the microwave so it’s in front of me as I go about my morning routine.
Once the little dude is at day care or happily playing by himself, I can jump straight into being as productive as possible.
At the end of the day, what ever I haven’t gotten to, goes on the list for the next day.
Schedule Your Week
I find having set days for set tasks helps me stay focused. Cypress is at day care only 3 days a week so I schedule the important and time consuming tasks for these days. For the two days he’s at home with me, I schedule more flexible tasks that I can either smash out during nap time or sneak off to do while he’s playing quietly.
I also make the most of the early mornings between 6am and 8am and the nights from 8pm to 10pm for anything that’s at the front of my mind, or urgent.
I don’t mean entirely but I mean if you’re working on something, close down your messenger, emails, and any other distractions. Put some pumping music on, make a fresh cuppa and go as hard as you can for an hour.
It’s easy to get distracted by constant notifications so I also switch my phone to silent during these maximum work sessions and find I’m wayyyyyyyyy more focused on what I’m meant to be doing and far less on what new sales Kmart has going on at the moment.
Take Time Out
Depending on your industry, this is probably the most hectic month or two of the year so it’s easy to go a little too hard and burn out entirely. I take time out each day to stroll outside, look around, say hi to the dog or hang some washing. It may only be 5 minutes but it’s a great way to clear your head.
I’m also very aware of making sure I’m there for my husband and kid as much as they need me. I make sure the afternoons and early evenings, I’m totally focused on them with the laptop closed and the phone tucked away out of site.
Do you really need to make a 7 course meal for Christmas eve that requires three days of preparation? Or is it more important that you have an audience to come back to in the new year because you’ve taken the time now to properly prepare?
Work out what’s most important and stick to it.
I don’t claim to be an expert on organisation but I do know that these simple tips will really help keep your sanity and lessen the feeling of missing out on business and personal opportunities through out the Christmas Craze.
What other methods do you swear by?