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Holiday Organization and a Free Printable

By on October 16, 2017

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If I’ve calculated correctly, there are just 37 days until Thanksgiving and 70 days until Christmas. Not that I’m counting. Cue, laughter. Autumn is the time of year when I start to think about what I need to do for the upcoming holidays. This way, I can plan and take care of items when I have the time over the next couple of months.

It’s helpful to organize things ahead of time, for the holidays, so things go more smoothly. In a previous post, I shared a Thanksgiving Planner Bundle that will help you plan for it. However, what else can you do to prepare for the upcoming holidays, especially if you’re hosting?

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1 | Organize Your Space

When I say organize your space, I don’t mean a complete overhaul. Leading up to the holiday season is not the time to reorganize your entire home. Organizing your space should include those areas that you are going to be using the most while celebrating the holidays. For example, when we entertain, we use our living room, kitchen, and bathrooms. Those are the spaces that I would focus on to make sure that they are in workable order. If you have anyone staying with you, your guest room will also be on your list. If you’re concerned about the appearance of other areas of your home, just shut the door. Don’t add extra stress by trying to do it all beforehand.

2 | Organize Your Tasks

Come up with a schedule that works for you and divide up the tasks that you need to complete before the holidays. Shopping for gifts and sending out cards are things you can finish weeks ahead of the holiday. However, you can plan out meals ahead of time, but they need to be prepared in the days leading up to and on the day of the holiday. Make a list of what you need to get done and create a schedule to get everything accomplished.

Free Printable

To help you start making a list of your holiday tasks so you can add them to your calendar, I am sharing a To-Do list printable. Click on the image of the To-Do List to join and get access to your free printable. You can print off a separate page for Thanksgiving if you’re in the United States, and Christmas.

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**Look for a Christmas Planner next month to help you start on your Christmas planning.**

It’s helpful to organize things ahead of time for the holidays. Planning and taking care of items when you have the time over the next couple of months helps the holiday to be less stressful. Do what you can and don’t worry about doing it all.

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Until next time,

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Five Steps to Plan Your Day and a Free Printable

By on October 9, 2017

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I plan out some of my days and others seem to plan themselves. When my days are scheduled, things seem to fall into place. When they plan themselves, I need a little extra help. Planning my day is a routine that helps me to feel productive and organized even when my day doesn’t feel that way.

There are five things that I do to plan out my day. Doing these things each day helps my day to run more smoothly.

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1 | Check Your Calendar

One of the first things that I do in the morning is to check my calendar. Doing this helps to give me a big picture of what my day entails.  My calendar is the tool that I use to keep track of everything that goes on during my day. Whether it’s an appointment, a phone call that I need to make, an email that I need to send, or a package that’s arriving; it goes on my calendar. I also choose my top priorities for the day. These items are non-negotiable, and I make sure to complete them before I turn in for the night. Typically, these are the items that I do first each day.

Takeaway – To help organize your day, choose a calendar that works for you whether it’s paper or digital. Knowing what to expect each day helps you to get your day off to a smooth start.

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2 | Check Your Email

Although I don’t spend much time on my phone first thing in the morning, I do take the time to check my email. Checking it allows me to see if there is anything immediate that needs my attention so I can add it to my calendar. Again, this gives me an overview of what I need to do each day.

Takeaway – Take the time to check your email each morning and add the action items to your calendar. If an email needs immediate attention, add it to your top priorities list.

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3 | Plan Out Your Day

After checking my calendar and my email each morning, I spend some time planning out my day. If I have an appointment in the morning, I schedule work items and things that I need to accomplish at home for the afternoon. Planning out my day usually takes about five minutes and gives me a big picture of how my day is going to flow.

Takeaway – Plan out your day, so you know when things are going to take place. Write down what your schedule is for the day and choose your top priorities.

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4 | Create a Nighttime Routine

At the end of each day, I check my calendar and my email one last time to see what I need to take care of the next day. It’s easy to talk yourself into doing one more thing, but it helps me to relax when I know what tomorrow is going to bring. I also take the time to determine what I’m going to wear in the morning. It’s one less step in the morning and gets the next day off to a better start. One last thing that I do before I turn in for the night is to take the time to journal my day. It helps me to put the day into perspective as I recall the events that have taken place.

Takeaway – Creating a nighttime routine allows you to look back on your day and prepare for the next one.

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5 | Take the Time to Relax

It’s important to schedule the time to relax. One of my favorite pastimes is reading, and I often do these each evening before going to sleep. Another hobby that I have started doing to relax is painting in watercolor. Each of these things is relaxing for me, and I look forward to doing one or both of them at the end of a long day.

Takeaway – Indulge in a hobby that you enjoy and make the time to relax each day.

Free Daily Planner Printable

To help you start planning your day, I am sharing a Daily Planner printable. Click on the image of the Daily Planner to join and get access to your free printable.

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Take the time to plan out each day. Planning your day out ahead of time will help you to feel productive and organized.

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Until next time,

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Thanksgiving Traditions and Planning for the Holiday

By on October 2, 2017

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It’s officially October which means that before we know it, Thanksgiving will be upon us. Preparing for the holidays takes time, and planning will help you to be sure that everything is just the way that you want it to be. Today, I am sharing Thanksgiving traditions we enjoy as well as a free Thanksgiving Planner Bundle.

Thanksgiving Traditions

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Food – When you think of Thanksgiving, turkey, stuffing, mashed potatoes, and pie spring to mind. When my children were younger, we would also make cutout cookies. My boys loved frosting and decorating them with as many sprinkles as each cookie would hold. It was a tradition that I carried on from my own childhood and one that I hope to continue.

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Family – After dinner and before dessert, we spend time talking around the table. In order to add to the conversation, there is a conversation starter type question inside of the name cards at each spot. Our family is small enough that we can have each person at the table answer each question. It’s interesting to hear each person’s answers.

 

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Preparing for a holiday takes time and planning. Plan out your holiday and create your own traditions that you will remember for years to come.

Until next time,

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