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  • Writer's pictureJonda Beattie

Annual Christmas Panic

OK, we are now really in December. Christmas will be here really soon.

Time to panic!


In spite of my best efforts, I have run behind on my timeline. In spite of my great plan early on, I have also over scheduled.

What should I do now to keep away that panic and stress?

Here is my current plan:

  1. Back to envisioning how I want this holiday to look and feel.

  2. I want my holiday to include time with loved ones and friends.

  3. I want to feel happy and at peace with the world.

2. Getting real about what can be done.

  1. I am still working on cards – but individual messages are going to be very brief and only to those I don’t communicate with except at Christmas.

  2. My decorations will be less than previous years.

  3. My house will not attract the board of health, but this is not the time for any deep cleaning or organizational projects.

  4. I will streamline cooking – eat out more – and keep foods for the party and the holiday meal simpler than in the past.

3. Getting help.

  1. I will ask for help from friends and family as needed.

  2. I will hire help for some cleaning and yard work.

4. Revisiting my calendar.

  1. I will move some items around to accommodate my new commitments.

  2. I will let some items go.

5. Taking care of myself first.

  1. I will sleep more.

  2. I will eat healthy (well, at least most of the time).

  3. I will do my weights and walk.

6. Laughing and smiling – a lot.

  1. I will schedule time with fun friends.

  2. I will go to uplifting events.

  3. I will laugh at the absurd and ridiculous – and that means laughing at myself at times.

OK – Now, I have a Plan B. I feel better.

Jonda S. Beattie Professional Organizer

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