The past couple of weeks, we have discussed the things we need to do, making a list of wants and to-dos, decluttering our space, now we’ll start talking about things to avoid, the “don’t list.” On the top of that list is avoiding too many commitments. Do not overextend yourself this holiday season by trying to be a part of everything that’s happening. This avoidance, like list-making and decluttering, is all about side-stepping complexity during the Christmas season. By making a list and removing clutter, we have simplified thoughts and space. Now let’s simplify your time.
We have all felt overwhelmed by too many commitments, no time to stop and smell the gingerbread. “Christmas with Purpose” is all about slowing down and appreciating what we have, and making time for it.
Find more time by limiting your commitments. Too many obligations leave us exhausted and unable to give time and energy to the things that mean the most.
It’s OK to say no. Faced with the choice of participating in a new event or party over the holidays, ask yourself these questions:
Does this overload my schedule?
What will I miss if I commit to this?
Would I regret my commitment to this, or not?
These will help you decide what is a priority and make it easier to say “no.”
Time is finite; choose wisely. By choosing to limit your commitments, you may find more time to:
Have slow weekends
Say yes to opportunities and last-minute plans
Experience downtime every day
Extra time with your family
Like time, there is only so much of yourself you can give. Be sure to schedule appropriately so you can give your best self to those who love and care about you the most this holiday season.