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The Carpenter I hired to help me restore and old farmhouse had just finished a rough first day on the job. A flat tire made him lose an hour of work, his electric saw quit, and now his ancient pickup truck refused to start. While I drove him home, he sat in stony silence.
On arriving, he invited me in to meet his family. As we walked toward the front door, he paused briefly at a small tree, touching the tips of the branches with both hands. When opening the door, he underwent an amazing transformation. His tanned face wreathed in smiles and he hugged his two small children and gave his wife a kiss.
Afterward he walked me to the car. We passed the tree and my curiosity got the better of me. I asked him about what I had seen him do earlier.
“Oh, that’s my worry tree”, he replied. “I know I can’t help having troubles and worries on the job, but one thing for sure, they don’t belong in the house with my wife and the children. So I just hang them on the tree every night when I come home. Then in the morning I pick them up again.”
“Funny thing is”, he smiled, “when I come out in the morning to pick ’em up, there ain’t nearly as many as I remember hanging up the night before.”
Do you ever procrastinate? Want to get more done, with less stress, during the holiday season? Would you like to put a stop to time-wasting habits?
You can do all this starting today by breaking your to-do list into mini-tasks which is different than multi-tasking.
Here’s how it works:
A mini-task is a task that is so small you couldn’t make it any smaller without being silly about it. Calling a supplier to ask a specific question would be a good example of a mini-task. In general, mini-tasks take 15 minutes or less to accomplish.
This time management technique addresses one of the most common causes of procrastination on larger projects: uncertainty about where to get started. For example, writing a book is a sequence of achievable tasks, but people frequently have a difficult time even getting started on such a seemingly huge project.
Ideally, you’d plan the entire process from beginning to end. This may not always be possible; this in and of itself takes time and effort, and some projects have too much uncertainty to be able to predict the entire process from the beginning. This is what keeps people from starting.
But you could still develop a task list for as far as you’re able to see. At some point, you’ll be able to see further down the path and can develop new mini-tasks.
Let’s use a simple example: traditional or online holiday shopping. Here’s a sample of what your mini-task list might look like:
While the holidays have the power to bring some of the most joyful times in your life, they can also be the cause of a great deal of stress. The stress can stem from many different situations such as family disagreements, scheduling conflicts, and money issues.
I think this is especially true if you’re like most of us and working from home because of COVID-19. One thing, right off the bat, that I’ve found useful to help limit stress is to schedule my work time and my family time. Trying to “wing it” just seems to allow things to get commingled– I’m constantly pulled in multiple directions, and this just doesn’t work for me. I get stressed when I can’t focus on work or my family. I know I’m dropping the ball and nothing good comes from this feeling.
So with the above in mind, here are my suggestions. No matter what situation your stress is coming from (work, family or play), it’s important to take a step back from the stress to hold onto your sanity.
Try following some or all of the following tips:
Tip #1: Get Your Shopping Done Early. When you get your shopping out of the way early, you can save yourself stress on a number of levels. You won’t be battling other shoppers during peak shopping times. You won’t have to worry about making split second decisions on gifts. You’ll also have the time to craft a budget to help make your money stretch to the best of your ability. Use some of these tips to schedule short mini-tasks to help get this done.
Tip #2: Take Time to Yourself. We often take the time to think of others during the holidays. While that’s very important to maintain, you can’t forget about yourself in the process. Remember to schedule “me” time and concentrate on winding down. In order to take good care of others, you first have to take care of your own health and well being.
Tip #3: Keep a Cool Head. While it may not be a problem with every family, sometimes the togetherness causes conflicts and clashing. Before you enter a family holiday event, tell yourself that you’ll take the high road. You don’t want an argument to ruin your chance at fun during the holidays.
Tip #4: Keep Up Your Exercise Routine. Sometimes the thrill of the holiday season can disrupt your daily routines. While a little break from exercise might not make a big difference in your physique, it might make a difference when it comes to your stress level. Try to keep up some form of exercise, as it will provide you with a release from stress.
Tip #5: Watch your Diet. It’s not fair to yourself to completely avoid indulging around the holidays, but at the same time you should always remain in control. Watch what you’re putting into your body, because large amounts of certain foods can definitely affect how you feel. The two big ones to watch are caffeine and sweets.
Tip #6: Do Something Nice for Yourself or Maybe Buy Yourself a Present. While you’ve been budgeting money for everyone else, there’s no reason why you can’t treat yourself to a little rest and relaxation. Maybe even buy yourself a little something. After all, you’re sure to be getting something that you want. Maybe it’s a special drink at the coffee shop or new book. Even the simple things can be joy and relaxation.
Tip #7: Get Enough Rest. The excitement definitely kicks in during the holidays. Sometimes you’ll lose sleep because of stress, and sometimes you’ll lose sleep because of excitement. Either way, you’ll be doing yourself a favor by concentrating on relaxation and getting to bed at a good hour. If you start a pattern of getting less than 8 hours of sleep per night, you could be setting yourself up for stress without even really knowing it.
Tip #8: Learn to Delegate. If you come to the realization that you’ve been put in charge of too many things, don’t pile on the stress – instead, delegate the tasks. Be wise enough to know when you need some help and ask for it. You can even get the kids involved with certain preparations.
Tip #9: Be Flexible. Of course you have an image in your head of how you’d like certain holiday events to play out. You also know that things don’t always go according to plan. Realize that certain things will not be perfect, and you won’t feel so much stress if things do go wrong. Go with the flow and have back up plans if necessary.
Mitch Jackson enjoys combining 34 years of law along with social media and technology, to disrupt, hack, and improve his clients’ companies, causes, and professional relationships. Stay connected right here at Streaming.Lawyer, LegalMinds.lawyer and TopSecretPartner.com