For most of us busy worker bees Christmas seems to start on 30th November and last right up till the day the kids go back to school in January. And when you’re trying to juggle work, hyper-excited children, fretting mothers-in-law (we all have them!), shopping for gifts, planning Santa’s surprises, figuring out the catering for those insane two days when the shops are shut and everybody eats their bodyweight in chocolate, those 40 days can seem a LOT longer!
Unless you’re a super-hero (and there are a few of them out there, making us feel inadequate!) then it’s easy to lose sight of the wood for the Christmas trees and your usual perfect planning and preparation policies can fly right out of the window, leaving you a quivering mess of half-done jobs and partially ticked lists.
The solution? No, you can’t have an extended duvet day – try the 4Ds. If these don’t work for you, we’re not saying you’re a lost cause, but perhaps you should give us a call!*
Do – only what needs to be done, right now. Yes, that does mean throwing a sickie and spending the day in the wine bar, then rolling home giggly, but happy. A happy parent is a great parent.
Delegate – don’t even try to do it all. In fact, do as little as possible. You know you’re going to look like Speedy Gonzalez on a double shot of Red Bull on Christmas Day, so for now, take it easy.
Defer – go on, put it off! Unless it’s life-threatening (or business threatening) it can definitely wait till January!
Delete – now really, are you absolutely sure that every item on your to-do list is really necessary? Couldn’t you simply delete a couple?
Here at Pink Spaghetti we work every day to help our clients bring some balance to their working and domestic lives, and this is never more important than at Christmas, and being serious now, perhaps the biggest piece of advice we can offer however is that Christmas really is what you make it. Go into the festive season feeling like Scrooge with a bad case of the Grinch’s and all your nightmares will come true. On the other hand, if you decide to have a good time, then the chances are you will. Don’t sweat the small stuff, and that way you’ll appreciate the big stuff – and that’s what Christmas memories are made of.