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Time Management for the Holidays

Posted Dec 04 2008 2:38pm

I want to introduce you to “Time Estimates” as a long-range focusing method to keep your schedule, balance and mind throughout the holidays.   

Have you ever heard yourself say, “I can’t get it all done, it will take forever?” In reality, each project or task may take 10 - 30 minutes, maybe an hour or so. Time estimates will help you stop the overwhelm and use the clock to chip and chunk each item off your list.

1) Get out a nice big wall calendar for the next 3-4 weeks. Don’t have one?
Click here to print as many pages as you need!
Write in the events, activities, parties, school activities, work and family events that you know you will be going to. If you have kids, make sure to put all of their activities in too of course (holiday and everyday), especially if you have to drive them or go to their activities.
2) Now, write next to each event the time you estimate it will take for the scheduled event.
3) And, during the holidays if you have to take food, dress up, clean the car, takes gifts, wash the dog, clean and organize the guest bedrooms and closets, shop for those gifts, etc., you need to estimate in more time “around” the said event.
Time Estimates will help you to pre-plan and get you ahead of things like clothes that need repair, dry cleaning, shining and buffing; carpets that need to be cleaned; silver polished; invitations sent; gifts purchased and wrapped; food prepared; house-sitter, child-sitter, pet-sitter, etc.
Organizing your time around your events and activities will make organizing your events and activities less time consuming! 

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