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Are you making a list, and checking it twice? If you haven’t noticed, we are in the final countdown of the year—and with only a little bit more to go, you may be stressing out on how you will finish your year goals accomplished and with everything checked off your list.
As your go-to Work Life Management aficionado, I got your back! I am sharing An Ultimate Guide to Meeting Year End Deadlines so that you can truly enjoy the season and look brilliant while doing so.
Here are my tips:
Make a list and use deadlines
It is important to stay organized by making lists of what you need to do between now and the last day or the year. Break the list into two categories: personal and professional, then write all of your must-do’s down. Next to each goal, write a drop dead date for completion, because a goal without a date is just a wish.
Take these lists, and add them to your smartphone or tablet alongside the deadline dates, so that you are sent a reminder to keep you on track.
For more tips on navigating your career during the holidays, you can read my article on the Be Paper Smart blog HERE.
Get the family involved
For your personal goals, you’ll need your family’s help. Divide tasks out to family members and offer an incentive to get them done before the deadline. Does hubby need to put up all of the Christmas lights and outdoor holiday decor by December 1st? Give him an incentive like a massage or romantic dinner to sweeten the pot.
Give the kids things to do, so they can also feel like they are being involved.
You can also do these important chores and Honey-Do’s together as a family unit to spend time together while getting everything done.
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Finish major projects now
For work projects and deadlines, work on them now and get them done so that you can truly enjoy the holiday season. Work on major tasks each day to make sure they are complete, and give yourself a few days before the deadline to check for mistakes and edits.
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Don’t overdo it
Pace yourself when tackling your to-do’s, and be realistic when it comes to meeting your year-end goals and their deadlines. If you know that you have a major proposal to get done before Thanksgiving, don’t add extra things to your work day that can bog down your progress and make you work overtime to get it done. Use your time wisely and manage it effectively so that you won’t be under pressure.
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I hope that each and every one of you have the best holiday season ever—with all of your goals checked off done!
I like to get ideas from magazines, then pick a few good recipes and decorating ideas and get busy! I’m a major list keeper, and I love the feeling when I can put a check mark on something done!
Will G says
I don’t really have any special ways to plan for the holidays.
Hmm not really, usually just the same things every year, suggestions from family and tradition
I try to plan by making a list of everything I need to do, buy and plan for. Having something to check off helps me see the progress I’m making and helps me stay on track with budget too.
kelly tupick says
I make a list and i try to schedule a few days to myself to get the list completed and designate myself some wrapping time.
I get ideas for the holidays on pinterest and shopping in stores. I plan for the holidays by making a list for food, gifts and decor.
Kelly D says
I plan for the holidays by keeping an online calendar.
I’ve included the kids in holiday planning now that they’re older. They look in magazines and online for new appetizers and desserts, then each of them choose one to make for the family.
Bryan Vice says
I usually plan for the Holidays by making lists of what i need for meals & gifts
Betsy Barnes says
I usually begin planning in October by searching for new holiday decor trends, to see if I can add something. I also make list of everything, recipes. gifts, etc.
I love looking through all the creative ideas on pinterest. And the cooking boards, too!
Angelica Dimeo says
I plan by starting to buy gifts in September so by December I am usually done.
Denise Higgins says
Lists are my best friend…I start months ahead of time
Anne Scott says
I love to shop online and look for sales. And I love planning out the cookies to bake!
Kelley Shymkwich says
I have to make lists for everything to plan for the holidays!
I get ideas from blogs and magazines!
Luna S says
By making sure everyone is on the same page when it comes to the plans.
Cindy Peterson says
I love to bake for the holidays.
I like to make a list of everything I need and check off as I go so I’m organized.
I look on Pinterest and instagram to get ideas for decorating, then try to make a checklist of what I need to buy, and follow that.
Steve Weber says
I plan on saving pins throughout the year.
I buy gifts throughout the year so I am all ready when the holiday comes. I also enjoy planning my travel to visit my family during the holiday season.
Julie Matek says
I love to make lists when planning for the holidays:)
don’t really plan
Alexandra Y says
I shop early and shop around for the best deals.
By decorating your home and office
Bridgett Wilbur says
I don’t really plan except for the holiday dinners.
i get on pinterest and find things to make , recipes or diy.
Saegan Anderson says
I look on amazon and etsy!
Lance M says
Just to make plans to spend time somewhere warm with my family.
Mary Cloud says
I like to get ideas from Instagram and Pinterest
Jeremy McLaughlin says
Making a list of everything that needs to get done.
Rhonda Y says
I like to get inspiration from instagram and also get those holiday cards out the first week of December.
Robin M says
I make sure airline tickets are purchased by September
I like to use pinterest to find new ideas and plans to craft!
Jessica W. says
I like to make lists of the presents we need to buy and get them done as soon as possible.
Jillian Too says
I like to make daily and weekly lists to plan for the holidays.
We have a pretty simple celebration, and it doesn’t require much in the way of planning.
I try so hard to plan but I usually end up running around last minute anyway! But I have been trying this holiday season to get my shopping for family/friends out of the way at least 2 weeks before. Last year, I was anxiously waiting on deliveries on the 24th (never again lol). I also try to find a fun recipe or two from the NY Times and try to bake it!
Debbie Yoder says
I start a list in October, start checking wbsites Pinterest,etc for ideas and use recipe websites.
Katrina Smith says
I like to make a list at the beginning of the holiday season so I know what I need to do and what I want to do. I also like to remain flexible so that i can enjoy the season.
One of my favorite things to do is to “under-plan” my time, so that I have time when last minute visits and parties come up. And if not, lots of time to hang out, enjoy the snow and walk outside!
Shannon B says
I love planning for the holidays with a printed out weekly scheduled calendar that I add colorful stickers and use colorful pens to color code various events and activities.
i write a list of what i need to do and keep track of what ive done really its the only way i can do it and i add to it all the time
Susan Christy says
I make a lot of lists.
monique s says
We like to put cooking ideas into the hat and draw them and bake them as a family during the holidays
Susan Smith says
I make a list of things I need to do.
Tabathia B says
I am a planner so I make list of what to do and check off what’s done
List are always a great help.
I like to write a list of things I need to do. Budget for them if necessary.
I like to make a to do list for the holidays
shelly peterson says
I like to shop early and get ideas from Pinterest.
Kayte CookWatts says
Our family always starts with meal planning and figuring out who is traveling where and when.
Colleen Boudreau says
I make notes on my iphone.
I also looks at what is happening locally then pick what sounds fun for our family. We have a great holiday village we love to visit.
Dana Rodriguez says
I enjoy ready blog gift guides and getting ideas on Pinterest.
I try to make a list of things I know the kids want. I also buy wrapping paper on clearance for next year.
Deborah G. says
I like to keep a list of gift ideas for family. I also like to make a pinterest board to to help decorate during the holidays.
Heather D. says
We plan for the holidays by getting together with who ever doesn’t have to work. From there we each prepare a few dishes and come together for a potluck.
Jessica Walker says
I plan early like the day after Christmas the year before, also pinterest is a great help
Lyndsey R. says
I like to make cookies, get together with friends and do crafts that I usually get ideas from Pinterest for.
Melissa Storms says
I like to keep an ongoing list of gifts, food and anything else I buy for the holidays. I have forgotten presents before and bought the same things for my menu. It is always such a rush my list helps me to budget and to keep myself from overspending.