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Make a list of what you need for the holidays, eliminating the non-essentials and planning your day for 15 minutes each morning.
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We’ve all been there. In the spirit of the holidays, we try to make our celebrations perfect but in the midst of our busy schedules, to-do lists get lost and plans derail.



Bob Sadowski, productivity blogger for AT-A-GLANCE, offers tips on how to keep organized during the holidays:



• Focus on public areas. “As they say, home is where the heart is — and it’s also the primary gathering place for family and friends during the holidays,” Sadowski says. “To help make sure your home is prepared for holiday visitors, we recommend creating a chore chart and timeline so you’re not in this alone. Large wall calendars or dry erase boards located in central areas of the home are great tools for creating these.” Maximize space by cleaning and clearing counter tops in the kitchen, and plan for food storage and cooking space. Now's the perfect toime to clean out the refrigerator and have a professional carpet cleaning for the main areas of the home.



• Simplify your plan. “While we all get a little like Clark Griswold in our aspirations to create a fun, old-fashioned, family Christmas, you need to lower expectations and reduce your workload if you want to keep things in order,” Sadowski says. He suggests making a list of what you need, eliminating the non-essentials and planning your day for 15 minutes each morning.



• Think outside the box. Use an expanding file to store and carry shopping ads and coupons, and find holiday recipes and gift ideas online. Spread out shopping duties over a week rather than a single day to ease stress, and create itineraries for holiday travel. Always keep your health in mind (take short walking breaks during the day), as well as the people important to you. Sadowski says: “As a colleague of mine said, ‘Give yourself over to the occasion.’”







— Amber Krosel, More Content Now

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