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Planning… and planning ahead. That is one way to help take the stress out of anything.I know one of the major things I am going to work on this year in striving to have a stress-free Christmas is to create and then stick very close to my calendar and to-do lists. I strive to be paper-free as much as possible just for my sanity and I use and LOVE Google calendar. It syncs from my phone to my computer and I can add/edit events on either one. I use it keep track of EVERYTHING from doctor appointments, nursery schedule at church, blog posts, blog deadlines, birthdays, activities – everything. I can set reminders to alert me on my phone a day or week or hours before the event. I don’t use a paper calendar for planning at all. Althought I do have a paper calendar hanging on my fridge just for date references but I don’t schedule anything on it.
BUT, for Christmas and honestly the months of November and December I think I am going to print out a calendar and write down every event on it and put it on the fridge. That way my husband and I both see it and I think seeing it 3 times (ahem… or more!) a day will help too. There are SOOO many extra events in December that really can add to the stress – Christmas programs, Christmas parties, celebrating Christmas with different parts of family and then add to that all the extra things that need to get done too – pictures, cards, gifts, baking. Having it all laid out on a calendar should help allow for more planning ahead.
What kind of calendar do you keep? Do you do it all online? On a calendar on the fridge or a small day planner in your purse?
If you would like a printable calendar to use for months of November/December here’s a few for you.
Download this set at IHeart Organizing.
And here’s another one at The Scrap Shop
And you can also do a google search and come up with a lot of other free printables.
Here’s the one I printed out.
So you have homework for today! Sit down and fill out (either online or on a paper calendar) all the events you already know about in November/December. This may also prompt you to go ahead schedule a few things too – when will you have your annual Christmas party, get pictures done, celebrate Christmas with your in-laws? Then as more events come to light make sure they all get added to your master calendar.