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Enjoying Christmas – Chunking Our Tasks

October 2, 2013

Christmas listChristmas is a wonderful time of the year, so it should be enjoyed. Instead, so many people I meet feel overwhelmed and exhausted by the time we get to Christmas Day.

My videos, articles, Twitter and Facebook updates for the next three months are going to relate to steps we can take to enjoy Christmas. If you have any additional advice and tips that I miss, it would be fantastic to email me and let me know so that we can spread the ripple effect of helping our community enjoy the festive season.

For many of you that have attended my “Systematise Yourself to a Productive Day” would have heard about the term “chunking”. Chunking is when you take a big task and break it down into smaller steps.

That is what we will be doing over the next few months. We will be taking our preparation for Christmas and “chunking” it down into smaller steps.

For many of us, it will be all about “the lists” we develop and follow over the next few months. You can make list the old-fashioned way with pen and paper, on your phone, on your computer or iPad. It doesn’t matter what you use so long as what you use is the right method for you. When you make a list, you are clearing your head. With a clear head, you operate more effectively.

Some of the lists we will be making include:

  • Presents to buy
  • Friends to catch up with
  • Budget
  • Menus
  • Holiday plans
  • Christmas cards to send
  • Shopping
  • Cleaning
  • Decorating

The first step will be some advanced planning which really means just some thinking time. Take some time to think about:

  • What you want to happen this Christmas
  • Who you want to spend time with
  • What you want your house to look like
  • Whether you will be sending Christmas cards this year and to all the people you always do or will you revise your list.
  • What will your Christmas budget be?
  • When do you want to have all the Christmas shopping completed by?
  • Where you will spend Christmas Day?

Part of being organised is having a plan. Having a plan comes from spending some time thinking and being clear on your outcomes.

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