Hot Tips for Thriving During the Holiday Season (4 parts)

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Manage your time--don't let it manage you. Decide what your priorities are regarding holiday events such as parties, family functions, gift buying, cooking, and all other related activities. Put them in order of priority and give yourself an ample time deadline for each thing. DO NOT wait until the last minute unless absolutely necessary, or it will be hard for you to not feel pressure and stress. Plan your job search activities ahead of time. Set realistic goals for the holiday break and use this quiet time to ponder and prepare for the New Year energized! Create office hours if you plan to work and close your door to the noise, activities and things you could be doing. When working on your job search do that, when being with your family do that.

Use the Joy Filter for decision-making. If someone invites you to something ask yourself, Will this add joy to my life? If not, decline. You don’t have to go to every single holiday party you are invited to. Stop sending masses of holiday cards unless you love to do it. Just pick ten people who are special to you and send them a hand-written card. Do only what you find joyful and you are guaranteed a terrific holiday season!

Create a Theme. Each year I take time after Thanksgiving to ponder the theme and focus that I want to be reminded of. This helps me keep a level head and make time for only what is important. It can be something like, Grace & Ease or Lights, Action & Fun! Identify a theme that works for you and is unique and engaging.

More to come on Sunday, December 20th.