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Tuesday, December 06 2011

We can all acknowledge that this time of year can be very stressful.  It seems like a whirlwind from Thanksgiving right thru to the end of the year.

I have business goals I want to reach by the end of the year, I prepare for my Thanksgiving feast several days in advance and then head right into decorating, sending out cards and shopping for the holidays.  Before you know it, it's New Years Day.

Especially during this time of year, it is very important that we attempt to reduce our stress levels as we have so much to deal with in such a short period of time.

Stress can lead to clutter in our head.  When we are stressed out, we tend to not think clearly and then can not visualize the path we need to take in order to get things done.

The best way to help clear the clutter in your head is to write things down.  Make a list of all the things you need to get done either on paper or on your Smart Phone or other device that you use to keep track.  Then, map out when you will do them and schedule it on your paper calendar or electronic device.

I make a habit of mapping out my "To Do's" on my big wall calendar (even up to a year in advance) and then create a daily "to do" list of things I need to accomplish - putting the most important things at the top of the list.

It is amazing how much you can accomplish when you do this.  It tends to keep you more focused on the task at hand.  You tend not to get so distracted by other things and, before you know, you can check it off your list.

Do yourself a favor this holiday season and reduce your stress by eliminating the clutter in head.  Write it down.

Try this and let me know how you make out.  I would love to get your feedback and hear about your experiences.

In the meantime, have a great week!

Posted by: Audrey Cupo AT 07:00 pm   |  Permalink   |  7 Comments  |  Email
Thanks so much for this reminder Audrey. It makes such a huge difference, yet I forget the writing down step all the time. I'm on it now.
Posted by Karen Chellew on 12/07/2011 - 07:26 AM
Karen - I always try to remind people to "write it down". It really does reduce your stress, not only at this time of year, but all year long. Keep practicing and it will become a habit.
Posted by Audrey on 12/07/2011 - 03:10 PM
I'm an avid list maker! The downside is that I rely on my lists so much that I do tend to forget about anything that doesn't get written down.
Posted by Janet Barclay on 11/11/2015 - 01:26 PM
Not the worst thing in the world, Janet. Guess you just need to add more to your lists!
Posted by Audrey Cupo on 11/11/2015 - 01:43 PM
List and routines ... can't live without them!
Posted by Blanka Smetana on 11/17/2015 - 05:02 PM
Great tips, Audrey! I just finished doing a series of workshops called "Wrap Up An Organized Holdiay." I suggested having just one thing to focus on each week. For example, 1st week focus on holiday cards. 2nd week in Dec focus on decorating. I like to say, "Focus & Finish!" It is a way to eliminate that mental clutter. Thanks for submitting this to POBC!
Posted by Olive Wagar on 11/20/2015 - 08:54 PM
Thanks Olive! Like your strategy.
Posted by Audrey Cupo on 11/21/2015 - 09:54 AM

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