By Courtney Lee
Congratulations, you’ve made it to December and the official kickoff to the holiday season. For most women, this means we’re leveling up our everyday jammed-packed to-do lists and taking on even more to create a magical holiday. That includes the addition of tasks to express our gratitude for everyone who makes our world turn; to give of our energy, time and financial resources in ways that help others; to set the scene and execute picture-perfect celebrations; to cook, shop, wrap, mail, decorate, make, bake, dress, light, host, and give.
It’s not a stretch to imagine that most of us will overextend our to-do lists and find ourselves in a state of overwhelm, stressed out and completely over the holidays before the season has even begun. The irony is that the magic we’re trying to create during this season simply cannot exist within this state of overwhelm we create. If you aren’t actively working to create a more balanced, peaceful state, you run the risk of sabotaging the delightfulness December promises.
Here are some tips to restore a sense of balance in your life, by way of your to-do list this season:
December is, of course, a very specific time of year when it’s easier than ever to find yourself with an overwhelming to-do list, but these tips apply throughout the year – at any point when we feel ourselves stretching beyond that limit. Instead of hoping the edge of your plate will hold and you’ll avoid the hot mess of gravy spilling all over the table, look to balance things out. Remind yourself of your intentions, your goals and priorities, your humanly limits, and all the resources available to help. And then act, do what matters and delegate the rest.
Courtney Lee is a brand strategist and freelance marketing professional based in Denver. She works with private companies and nonprofit organizations to tell meaningful stories and create business value through strategic communications. Follow her work on LinkedIn.