It’s the most wonderful time of the year (hello, my first December post)! We’re all getting invites to catch-ups before Christmas, want to go ice skating in five different places, want to do shopping almost every weekend, have to attend social events and so on. Truth being said, it’s a very busy and (dare I say) a little bit tiring period of the year. Don’t get me wrong I love Christmas and its beautiful charm, but I feel that we as a society came up with a ‘festive madness’ that makes us all look a bit mad when you think about it. In this context, we’re looking at how to keep organised during the festive season and if you stay until the end, I’m sharing a productivity secret that you need to know – it helped me so many times!
First of all, you need to assess the situation: what distracts me this month? You can include social events here and all of the things that although are enjoyable, might keep you busy without you realising it – for example, Christmas shopping. Once you’ve came up with a charming list, it’s time for you to assign a number of importance in front of your tasks. Here are some questions you can ask yourself in the process: Does this event matter that much? If I went ice skating once, do I absolutely have to go to the second/third ice rink? This quick exercise will help you to not get caught in doing everything possible in a short time frame. After all, it’s three weeks before Christmas that we’re talking about.
If you have a side hustle i.e a blog that you’re working on outside work, a band that you plan in, a YouTube channel, an online business, you’ll quickly get my drift here. Treat your ‘life to do list’ as if it was your side hustle / work list. Sometimes, we tend to be super organised with our work, but when it comes to our own life schedule, we lose it. Well, for your own wellbeing this will have to change. If you want to be productive with your projects and still be on top of everything, you need to assign your priorities as described earlier. No excuses! Don’t fear saying no to people in case you need to give an event a miss. If you don’t play a victim, they will better understand you. Give them more context and they’ll not feel offended. If anything, they’ll see how organised you are and will very much respect that.
You must understand (if you don’t already) that your side work is still important and so are the holidays. The only way you can win at both is by treating them as tasks in a big project plan. Do things earlier and prioritise to the T. As a side note to see how effective this planning is, this year by the end of November: I’ve already finished my festive shopping, taken the majority of my photo content, planned a 5 day trip to Rome in December (which means time off for our couple anniversary), planned my blog content, almost finished a project which I can’t wait to share with you (I’ll be sharing more on my Instagram), attended a couple of events. I’ve dedicated time to both projects and festive activities and treated both with the same importance.
My Productive Secret You Need to Know
Do know what I’ve learnt some years ago, but didn’t apply since recently this year? Each morning, create your to-do list and action it throughout the day. Any gap of time you have at your disposal (i.e daily commute, waiting to get your nails done, taxi rides) needs to be filled with a productive action. Even if you have as little as 15 minutes, fill them with replying to emails, making a shopping list, buy a train ticket, anything that puts a tick in front of that action from your list. This has helped me tremendously this year. I was able to achieve so much more than last year. Trust me when I say, it’s a lifestyle change in the sense that you might feel always switched on, but it’s the way to go. You’re the only one responsible for your success and after all we all have 24 hours in a day; it’s up to each and every one of us on how we choose to spend them.
Now, tell me, what’s your productivity habit? I would love to hear from you and learn something new today!
Lots of love,