With Christmas Day just over a month away, now is the perfect time to prep & plan to ensure you have an organised & stress free holiday season!
To Do #1
Failing to plan, is planning to fail and with so many summer BBQ's to attend, gifts to purchase and holidays to pack for, you need to get organised with some thoughtful planning. Your first To-Do is to write everything you need to get done between now and Christmas Day. Look at when each item or task needs to get done by and allocate reminders and deadlines in your diary to help you stay on track (we have a specific section dedicated to this in our diaries).
Tip: To save you time running around, think about ordering gifts & your big Christmas shop online. Just ensure you check their pre Christmas cut off dates first.
To Do #2
Christmas is traditionally the most expensive time of the year so we want to make sure you have enough money put aside for gifts and other expenses that have a habit of unexpectedly popping up. For your second to-do, write down a budget that you expect you will need for gifts, holiday & travel funds, that Christmas day shop & everything in between. Divide the list into weeks so that you can spread out your spending / budget. Don't over commit & prioritise what is important to you.
TIP: Personalised gifts deliver more impact because the receiver sees how much effort you went into creating whatever it is. Don’t underestimate little gestures like homemade cookies or framed pictures to show your love. Another idea is to think about experiences. For example: “Dear Aunt Jane, I know you love old movies and I saw that there is a screening of Breakfast at Tiffanys in January, so I’ve bought us tickets so we can go see it together. Save the Date 12th Jan 6pm xo”.
To Do #3
And finally, start writing detailed to-do lists for those bigger tasks. From your packing list & Christmas day shopping list to your reading wish list & summer fun list. Keep them on your phone so you can update them easily as more ideas comes to mind.
Good luck with your prep & planning. We hope you all have a wonderful holiday season, relax & switch off, laugh with loved ones, read that book you've wanted to read all year, soak up the fresh air, be present & enjoy yourself.