Just the thought of the holidays even in the heat of summer can send my heart racing. Where I work and the job I hold makes December a very busy time of year. Having a young child while further stresses my attempts to maintain some semblance of a social life. I do my best to manage the manageable. Target to have all (at least 90%) of my shopping done before December 1st and usually check the Christmas card list off over the Thanksgiving 4 day weekend.
If I worked 24x7 I still could not accomplish everything I wish to get done. December is always a balance of pushing myself and forgiving myself. The demands of my job most certainly do not end at 5pm. I am responsible for deliverables around the world (hence the 24 x7 comment).
This upcoming week schedule makes me restless to think about it. I have 3 events that I am supposed to attend simultaneously on Wednesday night for example. Do I do the wifely event, the work event (or the other work event) or the kid focused activity.
My time management skills are above average, but I don’t think I can plan myself out of this situation. My intention is to work in a focused manner and try to resist the urge to multi-task (aka doing everything badly simultaneously). The toughest part of this upcoming week will be forgiving myself for what does not get done and making the best of the short tempers all around me.
(I will report back how it goes).
I wish to all of you a stress free holiday season!