Welcome to Simply Christmas at Shabby Art Boutique
This first week of Simply Christmas is all about planning and getting organized, so you can sit back and enjoy the festive season.
I don’t know about you, but personally, I loathe doing Christmas gift shopping at the last minute.
Having to shop under pressure. . . with tons of other people all jostling to get served and standing around waiting in huge queues.
Yep…. doesn’t exactly give me that ‘merry’ Christmas feeling.
So the big question is… Where do you begin?
Well, it’s no surprise that I’m a bit of a list girl. . .
Some people write lists in their heads, others make it up as they go along. . . me, I like to write it down as I think of it.
So lists are a part of my everyday life. . .
Hmmm, I think it’s a visual thing. . . it kind of makes more sense when I can see it in black and white – is anyone else like that?
Soooooo, I begin with the Master List. . . oh yeah, doesn’t that sound impressive.
A Master List!!
Actually… it’s just a calendar list page.
If you want to use my one you can download it HERE
I start by writing in the main events that I already know of. . . like family outings, get-togethers with friends, dinner dates etc. that I have in my diary for this period.
Next I add the tasks that I want to complete by or on a certain date; posting of overseas/interstate parcels, sending of Christmas cards, putting up the Christmas tree etc.
By doing this you now have a visual timeline of when things need to be done.
Then all that is left to do is break down all those tasks into smaller components so you get them completed on time.
One quick glance and I know when I need to have shopping, household cleaning and prep work done.
I like to get the great majority of tasks completed in November, so I can cruise through the Christmas month of December. . . calm and relaxed and free to enjoy any last minute invitations.
Now that you have the ‘Master Plan’ ready to go…. you’ll need a Holiday Planner next to fine tune your organising.
I’ll be back later in the week with my free annual Holiday Planner to download.
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