The holidays are now upon us. This is the time when we all have a choice. As a recovering perfectionist (see holiday tip #8) I have to remind myself that I can choose to stress over all the little things that could be done. Or I can make another choice and focus on having fun with my family these next two weeks.
I have chosen to have fun. Only the really essential tasks will make it onto my to-do list and calendar, while the others can wait.
What I have done thus far is enough. There are enough gifts, food and decorations. The stockings will be hung as a family activity, but the other decorations can stay in the box until next year (note to self, start earlier next year or donate those unused decorations). What our families need and want is for us to be present and not stressed out.
So, this holiday season, please remind yourself to be really present with your family. Most likely, it is the experiences, not the stuff, that will be remembered years from now.
Carolyn Anderson-Fermann is a public speaker, organizing expert and founder of Simply Organized Life. On Saturday, January 23, 2016 Carolyn will be presenting “Simply Organize the New Year: 5 Simple Strategies to Keep Your New Year’s Resolution” at the Women’s Health and Fitness Day, a free event.